Horses are awesome for human beings wanting a pet companion to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy an active way of life. They are hoofed animals that have lived with humans for thousands of years. Humans keep horses for a variety of reasons. Especially for competitions, breeding, pleasure, and as well pets. They have trusted companions, so we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that their safety and well-being.
Unfortunately, in competitions and sports, the health and even the human treatment of these animals is disregarded for the sake of winning a prize. Owners at competitive dressage horses are typically animal lovers.
Why should equestrian sports ban?
Equestrian equipment such as shock collars, spurs, and nose-band can cause serious physical and mental damage to horses. Training methods can also cause lameness and other long-term injuries to their bodies and minds. Dressage is like interrupting a horse’s spirit and persuading it to perform unnatural human tricks. Most of the time, people just don’t realize that their dressage is a bit cruel. But even they are aware of animal cruelty. It is better at telling stories to drown out and nagging guilt.
When a coach hits a horse with her fist for refusing to jump. And also another horse is euthanized after suffering from a crippling injury in the middle of the cross-country course. Why shouldn’t we stand against these inhumane acts? Is it better to celebrate these types of sports at a universal sports festival like the Olympics?
The senseless animal cruelty happened when Annika Schieu of Germany struggled with her horse during the women’s Modern Pentathlon competition. While he hitting the horse with his whip, his coach yelled at him to do his best, her coach was yelling at her to try harder. Then she punched the horse with her fist. Later on, this was suspended from the remainder of the Olympics.
Let’s stand against animal cruelty!
Think a little, do we need to continue these types of animal cruelty for the sake of a trophy?
Another heartbreaking news was heard during this Olympics about a 4 years old castrated male horse, named Jet Set. He was euthanized after suffering from a leg injury. It was ridden by swedes called Robin Godel.
“Because of the severely of the injury the horse had to be euthanized” noted a statement.
Not Only for Jet Set. The same way of the ending goes with horses used for racing in many parts of the earth. Many people are euthanized to save the owners further veterinary fees and other expenses for horses who will never race again. Nearly 10,000 horses end their lives like this annually. In 2020 there have died nearly 30 horses at Los Alamitos. Which hosts several high-profile quarter-horse stakes races every year. In 2018 there were nearly 10 horses died every week at American Racetracks According to the Equine injury databases in Jockey’s Club.
Some horses are mistreated and abused while racing. They are drugged, whipped, and even shocked during the race Because the sole purpose of the owners is to win the race.
It’s time people faced the truth about horses races and equestrian sports. But no amount of funny words can remove the stain that equestrian events leave on the Olympics. These sports of cruelty must be banned.