Is dressage cruel for horses?

Is dressage cruel to horses? Dressage done well is not cruel to horses. The point of dressage is to demonstrate harmony and trust between horse and rider, which is achieved using correct, gentle training.

Are horses harmed in dressage?

Many horses compete at the highest level of dressage and are not treated cruelly. However, some dressage competitions and training are cruel. Harmful conditions arise through forceful and rapid training methods. But, training practiced with patience and care is beneficial for you and your horse.

What is the safest equestrian sport?

Yes, vaulting is not only the safest of the equestrian sports, it is documented safer than riding bicycles, playing on playground equipment, and even playing soccer.

What is horse soring abuse?

Soring is the unethical and illegal1 practice of deliberately inflicting pain to exaggerate the leg motion of horses to gain an unfair advantage in the show ring. The chest-high stride achieved by soring is known in the industry as the “big lick”.

Why is dressage a thing?

Dressage is an artifact of medieval warfare when horses were ridden into battle, and today, is preserved primarily by the rich. Sometimes called “classical riding,” this equestrian style is defined by horse and rider performing pre-choreographed moves that creepily evoke images of a child’s dance recital.


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