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  • Rub marks on a horse from spurs - abuse?
  • Wheeled ponyboy being ridden with spurs

 
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    09-08-2010, 06:28 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mls    
Look at the spurs - BLUNT.
Exactly! So how hard did he have to kick to cause a wound? Harder than thin skin can account for IMO. I can understand him not noticing during a match but it still shows he's a rough rider.
     
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    09-08-2010, 06:43 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
Exactly! So how hard did he have to kick to cause a wound? Harder than thin skin can account for IMO. I can understand him not noticing during a match but it still shows he's a rough rider.
Earlier the point was raised that in the scuffle and fuss of the match it is possible that another horse could have smashed into his leg, inflicting the injury.

I've never played polo in my life, but based on a few matches of horse soccer that does sound plausible. It's hard to make any kind of judgment based on pics without having seen the match. Did he ride quietly and was the spur pushed into the horse in a scuffle, or was he flailing around and pounding the spur of his own accord? Can't really say definitively based on a couple of photos and a biased article.
     
    09-08-2010, 06:56 PM
  #23
Yearling
I do think that PETA is just trying to be sensationalist (like always) but that doesn't mean there isn't anything wrong here either. Obviously most horses don't end up with cuts from being ridden. Whether it is the fault of Prince Harry or polo in general it is still a problem.
     
    09-08-2010, 07:49 PM
  #24
Green Broke
They wouldn't have the overuse of spurs fine if it has not been a problem in the past.
     
    09-08-2010, 08:32 PM
  #25
Weanling
Obviously because he's royalty, people hold him on a high pedestal.

One time, while riding my mare, a scab that I thought was healed over became a little disturbed and she started bleeding under my saddle pad. (to be fair the scab was not anywhere near my saddle, it was on her flank) The blood got a little smeared and my coach brought it to my attention that she was bleeding. No big deal, got off, first rinsed it off and then washed the (very small) blood stain from my saddle pad. No harm done. Guaranteed, if I were a princess or a duchess or some sort of celebrity, PETA would be all over my abusive butt.

There's just not enough evidence to support him spurring the crap out of this pony. He COULD have and maybe he just needs to go with a rounder spur or just forgo them entirely. But it's very likely that the pony was just hurt while playing the game.
     
    09-08-2010, 08:39 PM
  #26
Green Broke
Per their rules, they have to investigate, but I doubt anything will happen.

The biggest question was why keep wearing the spurs after he noticed the injury. There was a possibility of making that wound worse.
     
    09-08-2010, 08:51 PM
  #27
Weanling
I just don't understand why they NEED spurs...

Although I don't play polo, I just see them doing more harm than good...
     
    09-08-2010, 08:51 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Several comments also asked about why he needed spurs when the other guys in the picture weren't wearing them.
     
    09-08-2010, 08:53 PM
  #29
Weanling
I noticed that too! And IF a spur is needed (again, can't see why), there are smaller spurs that may be sufficient.
     
    09-08-2010, 09:09 PM
  #30
Green Broke
I would like to see any COMPETANT rider who hasnt fallen off...Like Beezie Madden, Ian Millar, Martha Josey, Charmayne James etc etc... so those 3 short videos don't really show anything.

Some horses require more spur then others. Maybe the horse needs a bit more aid to move off HRH's leg.

Horses at my barn have rub marks or have gotten sores from spurs, but how do you know its from being used incorrectly, positioned improperly, or the horse being a lazy bugger that day....

PETA is always going to be there no matter what we (as horse people) do. Rodeo's, show jumping, horse racing (TB/Stbd), polo playing, drag hunts....We could have 100% no injuries and we would still be in the wrong.
     

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