Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I agree with the decision. I am getting really tired of all the drugs we pump into our animals, somehow justifying we're "aiding" them. Well, maybe if we didn't ride them into the ground in the first place, this wouldn't be a problem. If your horse is in pain, he needs to be given some HELPFUL medication to alleviate his symptoms, AND NOT BE FREAKING RIDDEN.
I really don't think there is ever any excuse for a competition horse to have a banned susbtance in his system. If he requires the use of said drugs, he shouldn't be competeing. End of story. I'm not against the use of them, I'm against the use of using drugs to mask underlying problems and then justify riding the animal anyway and potentially causing serious damage when he's unable to tell you he's breaking down.
Maybe I'm a bit to cynical? I remember going to a horse show a few years back, sort of as a groom. It was for a family member who also coached me from time to time. She was there with her pony, as well as her friend who was a veterinarian was there with her big black Draft cross. I remember them telling me to stand casually in front of the horse, to block them from view. The vet pulled out a needle and I was immediately alarmed. My family member told me to calm down, she was just freaking TRANQ'ING him, because he spazzed at shows and she'd have no chance of winning otherwise. Yeah. Dead serious. A veterinarian DRUGGED her own bloody horse so she could win an unrated Dressage show against teenagers. And she did. I stormed off in disgust.
Now that I'm older, I wish I'd reported it. I was just a teenager at the time, and I was so alarmed and dismayed at what these trusted ADULTS thought was acceptable, I didn't know what to do. Who'd have believed me? It's not like they'd test at a schooling show, it's the word of a 16 year old or the word of a vet.
Definately sickened and disallusioned me though.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.