Originally Posted by dressagexlee
It can't be proven that Parzival biting his tongue had anything to do with Adelinde's riding. It is unfortunate for her, because no rider deserves to have this sort of thing happen to them after working so hard to qualify and traveling so long to get to an event such as the World Equestrian Games. I can't imagine the disappointment.
However, I'm glad that she was excused from the ring when it did happen. I'm sure that Parzival is and was completely fine, but it is still the rules. An had she finished test and the horse's tongue continued bleeding, that would have brought her and the FEI more bad publicity than they are already getting.
I just wished the same would have been done for the events in the warm-up.
Stewards can only excuse riders for excessive use of force or having an uncontrollable horse or others thing contrary to the welfare of the horse and/or the safety of other horses and riders. If the horse is to bite its tongue or loose a tooth or w/e in the warm up as long as it isn't bleeding in the test, after the test, or excessively you're fine. Had the horse done that in the warm up they would have examined it, determined it's the size of a ballpoint pen tip, wiped the blood off and continued under the more watchful eye of one or many stewards. Spur and whip marks however can get you a warning or if they are bloody, kicked out. As far as the Rolkur in the warmup (which is what I am assuming you're talking about) obviously the stewards did not deem it "excessive use of force" and it did not fall outside of the FEIs guidelines for acceptable use of frame and time lines. Therefore if you have an issue write to the FEI, don't complain about it on a public forum. As far as those stewards are concerned, there was nothing done outside of the FEI rules which they are hired to uphold.
But of course, the FEI is in cahoots with all the international riders in a conspiracy to actually endorse Rolkur and profit from it, amIright?