I have been out of range of the internet at a time when I should have been blogging my head off about an issue very important to me.
The rage against the FEI and its apparent apathy toward the practice of Rollkur* has admirably been taken up by the folks at Dressage Disgrace. In Head Movements Affect Breathing and Drooling, they show exactly how Rollkur negatively affects just one system of the horse.
Another blog that has taken up the cause with care and consideration is camera obscura. Please take a few minutes to read what Billie has had to say over the past weeks. She is quite eloquent.
If you haven’t already, please visit the petition site and sign your name to ban Rollkur at FEI competitions. Click here to ban Rollkur and add your name to the thousands of people who genuinely CARE about the welfare of horses and wish for it to be considered above all thoughts of performance and glory. Hyperflexion is not beautiful.
A line or two in your own blog posts to include the petition link would also garner more signatures. Kick the door, please.
*the Wikipedia definition of Rollkur was clearly written by someone wishing to present both sides of the debate. There ARE no benefits to the horse in Rollkur. The benefits of Rollkur accrue exclusively to the rider and trainer.