Originally Posted by goodhrs
For a sport that isnt hard on a horse they sure need alot of backup.
Consider the fact they do use 4 horses at a time.
Also a lot of jumper riders, event riders, dressage riders, barrel racers and any rodeo type event usually have back up horses as well. Also most draft teams have back ups, especially as an injury can happen to a 6 horse hitch rather easily. Oh and don't forget mounted police or lipizzaner stallions...
We could go down the road of "such and such a disciplin is abuse and torture" but at any given time there are about 5 threads going on with the same debate.