Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I think "abuse" reates to all disciplines of the Equestrian World - the question is, what kind of a person are you, and are you willing to put you or the ribbon/trophy before your horses wellbeing?
If you are someone who puts your horse first, then there wont be a problem :) Unfortunately, there are far too many who put winning first and use their horses as an object, not a living creature that it is.
Horses break down due to conformation not compatable for the sport they are being asked to do, all the time - regardless if it is Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Reining, Barrels, WP and the list goes on - riders have to be educated on that matter, and listen to their horses when they say "I can't do this"
Cloud, you seem to be a big hearted, careing person for those around you and your horses - I don't think there would be a problem, if you want to venture into this sport, then do so - you are intelligent and strong enough of a person to defend your horse, yourself and your horses rights.