Originally Posted by mayfieldk
Does anyone else call bull**** on that 'shiver syndrome' thing? If a horse was afraid to loose it's balance... then how the heck does it piaffe? And passage? And manage to keep calm and collected when it has to balance it's weight, slowly, on TWO legs *gasp!*.
Kind of sounds like she knew exactly what she's doing, and is covering her own behind. I've heard a LOT of reasons from her (I didn't know it would test, I gave it because of this, blah blah blah), but come on. You can't tell me, at that stage in the game, that if you give a horse drugs you have to know if they're banned or not.
I have no real problem with her, but I have no love for drugging horses. If the problem REALLY only showed up when the horse was shod, then why couldn't they just sedate him, shoe him, and have him go on with his life?
I don't think you fully understand shivers.
I have never witnessed it nor am I an expert but:
Shivers has to do with a horse's brain/nerosystem. Standing on 3 or less legs for an extended period of time causes them to shake and, eventually, fall over. It's not really harmful for the horse as it is harmful to the human/handler. Sedating the horse would have done absolutely nothing.
I do believe this horse could do those dressage moves as he is in motion... not stationary.
And if she was REALLY lying about her horse having shivers... don't you think somebody that personally knows her/the horse would have called her out on it by now??
I'm neutral on this situation..
I see the FEI's point... and I do see the reasoning behing IW actions as to drugging her horse.