Can You Do Better?

Unfortunately it seems as we still have a long way to go until people start thinking their trainingmethods over. It is a mystery to me how anyone can practise riding like that when it is obvious and also scientifically proven that it is unhealthy and stressful for the horse. We need to remember that it is an honor and only thanks to the goodwill of our horses that we are aloud to ride on their back at all.

Starstone/by Veronica Merlin

For all of you readers of my blog, who know nothing about horses or the world of horses, I would like to tell you what it is like to be a ’horse-person’ who dares speak up.

First a little link to the pictures- some of them, 60 out of 2000- my friend and I took at the Danish Championship in dressage 2013 about a week ago.¨

Now, in my world, these pictures are unacceptable, which is why we chose to publish them online and sent them to

Here is what we have been met with from fellow Danish horse-people. Some people just make me so proud to be Danish…

First, the most common argument for why this is not abuse;

You can’t tell from a single picture! It could be a bad moment! We all have bad moments, I bet if we took 2000 pictures of you…

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  1. Philipp Weiss

     /  31. Dezember 2013

    I just caught a glimpse of this picture above: isn’t there anybody to free these horses from such ownership??

    • Unfortunately not. At some places the Rollkur training has been banned within the Protection of Animals Act but it still remains in the eyes of the called experts to judge if this is really bad or only half bad and so on… The best thing is to educate as many people as possible who might sit in the audience and to apply to the judges… As long as horses that were trained this way keep winning, it will be difficult to get a change. Too much money involved…

      Just let’s do it better ourselves and treat and train our horses in a horsefriendly way.


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