Foto Friday: Hobbyhorse Revolution

Hobbyhorse Revolution. Click to check out the documentary. Documentary teaser below.
Hobbyhorse Revolution. Click to check out the documentary. Documentary teaser below.

EQUESTRIAN SPORT — John Wilkinson reporting for the Horse Network writes:

“Unlike other equestrian endeavors, this discipline does not require a sizable investment of money and time, and the safety risks are minimal. In fact, it does not even require an actual horse.

“Turns out, all you need is a stick…and a dream. Welcome to the world of competitive hobbyhorsing.

“Not only is this not a joke, as the Wall-Street Journal recently discovered, it’s a serious sport with more than 10,000 active competitors in Finland alone.”

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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.

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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.

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