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to be furious at suggestions that show jumping/x country is cruel?

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MitchyInge Tue 14-Jul-09 19:57:40

grrrrrr! put up some pictures on another forum to celebrate the launch of my international show jumping career (starting at a small village show, haha) and someone said 'poor horses, that makes me feel very uncomfortable'

my horse LOVES to jump, he is much more competitive than me!

aibu to want to stab her in the face with a hoof pick?

JohnDory Tue 14-Jul-09 19:58:30


JohnDory Tue 14-Jul-09 19:58:46

any ful no horses like macrame

bigchris Tue 14-Jul-09 19:59:54

are you katie price?

Issy2008 Tue 14-Jul-09 20:00:30

That is so funny! Must have been someone with 'loads' of experience of horses, right?!

MitchyInge Tue 14-Jul-09 20:01:11

thought she fancied herself as a dressage superstar, no

forgot to say 'hoof pick dipped in POO'

MitchyInge Tue 14-Jul-09 20:03:42

human poo

Podrick Tue 14-Jul-09 20:04:33

Exploitation of horses, sorry but that is a reasonable pov. They don't choose to do that stuff after all.

ABetaDad Tue 14-Jul-09 20:04:53

Horses jump and run. Its what they do. Its cruel to make an elephant balance on a ball -elephants do not do that in the wild or indeed anythng like it.

melpomene Tue 14-Jul-09 20:05:38

Yes, I can see from your posts that you are not cruel at all, but in fact very sensitive and gentle hmm

saintlydamemrsturnip Tue 14-Jul-09 20:07:15

It does sound like someone with limited experience of horses. Ignore.

Did you get a clear round?

Issy2008 Tue 14-Jul-09 20:08:36

Oh lordy. Horses love jumping and running about. If they didn't want to do it, they wouldn't.

Thistledew Tue 14-Jul-09 20:08:46

Podrick- you have obviously never tried to persuade a horse to do something it does not want to do. Bloody impossible, I can tell you. You might as well say that taking a dog out for walkies is exploiting it too.

KingCanuteIAm Tue 14-Jul-09 20:09:28

Well it is hardly a new accusation is it? If you are going to ride horses you have to expect to be accused of cruelty at some stage.

It is a little odd if it comes from the dressage quater though, I mean that is not far from the old horse dancing which is currently getting accused of cruelty...

Anyway, rise above idiocy and ignorance - your energys are best directed elsewhere. Now, when do we get to see the photos? grin

JohnDory Tue 14-Jul-09 20:09:30

lol @ persuadeing a horse.

"now there are two ways of doing this.."

MitchyInge Tue 14-Jul-09 20:09:59

ah, our debut is not until next month saintly

melpomene - wanting to stab someone in the face and actually doing it are quite different things you know? grin

and I really don't think the horses would do it if they didn't like it, you can tell that some are insanely enthusiastic about it and others are just not into it at all

booyhoo Tue 14-Jul-09 20:10:34

thats like saying you shouldnt train a dog to fetch a ball!!! horses run and jump in even without being encouraged to. its in their nature. silly person. (not OP)

JohnDory Tue 14-Jul-09 20:10:45

are some sulky?
do they pick their hooves andlean against the fence looking at you sideways?

MitchyInge Tue 14-Jul-09 20:11:58

no no I meant katie price fancied herself as a dressage superstar

comment about cruelty was from recently converted vegan who has never ridden a horse

the photos were not of me! they were wishful thinking, here is one: caution, contains animal cruelty

booyhoo Tue 14-Jul-09 20:13:33

tbh the rider looks under more pressure than the horse in that pic grin

Thistledew Tue 14-Jul-09 20:15:34

JohnDory- the usual practice is for them to slam on the brakes at the last moment: "If you want to jump the fence so much you are welcome to do it on your own"!

UnquietDad Tue 14-Jul-09 20:16:22

I don't have much of an opinion on showjumping.

But cross-country, that's an abomination. I remember hating it at school when we had to go out in the wind and the rain to the local park to slog through the mud, while the evil PE teacher rode on his bike goading us with his stopwatch. Yep, should be banned.

MitchyInge Tue 14-Jul-09 20:18:23

also put up this as illustration of my average jumping lesson

redclover79 Tue 14-Jul-09 20:19:00

Not cruel when the horse is enjoying it but I have seen and heard of some awful cruelty when I was a lot younger involving whips and cattle prods - 4 year old mare refused a jump and was beaten horribly sad sad sad
A lot of horrible things happened one this one yard, riding school that bred/broke (literally)/schooled show jumpers as a sideline.

MrsBadger Tue 14-Jul-09 20:19:05

dressage is crueller to riders than horses

and worse for spectators

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