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Foto Friday: Equestrian Events at the Rio Olympics

Looking at some of these images makes me feel very uneasy for these horses. (Click Images to Enlarge). See Petition at end.
 

 William Fox-Pitt of the United Kingdom rides Chilli Morning in the individual equestrian jumping final at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.
William Fox-Pitt of the United Kingdom rides Chilli Morning in the individual equestrian jumping final at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Astier Nicolas of France, riding Piaf De B'neville, jumps the last obstacle in the individual cross country equestrian preliminary at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday.	Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.
Astier Nicolas of France, riding Piaf De B’neville, jumps the last obstacle in the individual cross country equestrian preliminary at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.

Shane Rose, of Australia, rubs Cp Qualified after competing in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.	John Locher/AP.
Shane Rose, of Australia, rubs Cp Qualified after competing in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. John Locher/AP.

 Christopher Burton of Australia stands with his horse Santano II during a Preliminary Equestrian inspection at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.
Christopher Burton of Australia stands with his horse Santano II during a Preliminary Equestrian inspection at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.

CHANGE.ORG PETITION

We call for a complete ban of crank nosebands and double reins!

Noseband and double reins are too restrictive for horses and should be banned by equestrian sports. The stricter the control used by the rider, the bigger the possible pain and stress.

See The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses’ Behavior, Eye Temperatures, and Cardiac Responses »

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2 thoughts on “Foto Friday: Equestrian Events at the Rio Olympics”

  1. Thank you VGRF!
    Signed petition.

    Rider on the grey is handling his horse’s right ear …………. horses don’t like to have their ears touched at the best of times and he does this when the horse is spent after an intense dressage test!?

    Look at the horse’s mouth…… says it all!

    Then in the cross-country 2 days later, I felt sick in the stomach when this grey refused a water jump, second attempt became momentarily cast and Rose pushes on with third attempt successful. He knew that 2 refusals disqualified him but continued on and officials had to pull him up!

    On the other hand, Boyd Martin at the Sydney 2000 Olympics trials, Boyd’s horse tired and rather than push his horse on and risk his horse suffering he got off his horse and walked him back and he knew before he made that decision that it would likely cost him a place in the Australian Olympic team and it did. Sydney being his home town was even harder for him.

    Ah yes, Chris Burton got his Olympic glory but at what cost? The welfare of the horse is compromised by big egos and there are plenty of them in top level evening.

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    1. Just to add that the bottom pic of Santana II reveals the distress he’s experiencing.

      With a cross-over noseband the horse cannot open his mouth to the extent that he should for natural respiratory functioning, a basic health need. His mouth says it all! And the unnatural arched neck, more stress for the horse. Burton can see it, judging by the look on his face.

      And in the pic at the top, the gear on Chilli Morning must have this horse stressed, to say the least.

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