The Horse

NOV 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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LETTERS Letters@TheHorse.com E-mail us at Letters@TheHorse.com, or write us at The Horse, 3101 Beaumont Centre Circle, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40513. Letters may be edited for space limitations and must include the author's name and contact information. 12 November 2018 The Horse | TheHorse.com STOPPING INHUMANE TRAINING PRACTICES Thank you for the article "Welfare Over Winning" in the June issue. It's been a won- derful resource to generate productive discussions in my practice after a horse recently died from complications sec- ondary to trainer abuse. Our question to the horse industry is this: What are the breed and show organizations doing to protect the horse at home? For example, to get a horse to consistently have an uncomfortable/unnatural headset in the ring (nose behind vertical or abnor- mally low head height), what more extreme methods occur during training? While some people may just ride with a heavy hand or endlessly drill the horse, others take it further. When is the "abuse" line crossed? If it's difficult to mandate and enforce rules at shows, it's impossible to prevent trainer abuse at home. However, organizations can unequivocally end placing the more extreme riding styles. Horse owners are the only people that possess the abil- ity to stop these practices. In every horse organization, throughout the year one person may be a competitor, trainer, judge, owner, sales- man, and purchaser. There are too many conflicting relation- ships among horse profession- als for them to unite and put the horse's welfare first. Own- ers must become educated and demand change, rejecting inhumane practices. Perhaps discussing their concerns with industry sponsors would help encourage change. Rewarding horses that appear happy and natural, yet correct in their movement, and that are still mentally and physically sound to show at the mature ages of 8 to 18—wouldn't that be a goal for us all to work toward? Also, in my opinion, the breed and show organizations need to more aggressively mandate change. If they do not, eventually they will find themselves facing regulation by a government of concerned citizens that although well- intentioned, are not horsemen. Thank you again for a thought-provoking article. Amy Rucker, DVM MidWest Equine Columbia, Missouri YOUR BOTULISM QUESTIONS ANSWERED I wanted to comment on your "Botulism: Deadly to Horses" live event (TheHorse. com/159608). I would like to let you know that it was extremely informative and educational, and I was able to take a great deal of informa- tion and apply it to our horses and our farm. It seems like a lot of horse owners had the same questions and concerns as I did, and I felt like their questions were answered, which helped me a great deal. I am an avid reader of The Horse. Thank you for bringing attention to this disease, along with the education I received from your podcast. Melody Tuttle via e-mail Natural HERBS Natural herbs, minerals and HIGH DOSE VITAMIN E Just 95 ¢ per day! Also good for nervous/ anxious geldings/stallions Ask for it by name or call 800-578-9234 for a dealer near you!

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