Originally posted by kkj
blugal - you're right. When I evented I had my horse insured with Marshall and Sterling - - ironically - the whole time we were out galumphing across various weeny courses - the only claim he had was an impaction colic. In the dead of winter.
Most claims are still colic and laminitis - and unless things have changed - those are still the leading cause of death in horses. But if I'm wrong - please correct me.
I'd rather engage in a sport that conducts exhaustive and intense analysis of the welfare of horse at every level and every event - than engage in a sport in which questionable methods are not subjected to the same intense scrutiny to ensure the welfare of the horse is paramount.
Heck - people get eliminated in warm up for accidentally jumping a warm up fence the wrong way. And any suspected abuse or questionable actions are reported to stewards. You're done. That's it. Take your toys and go home.
Perhaps it's time the sport of dressage did the same thing. I don't think it's as noble and art as it holds itself out to be.