….. and the Ugly….

The ugly are those to whom horses are a commodity and who seem to have forgotten these animals are sentient beings. The most culpable in the chain are some of the dealers and transporters, and unfortunately we witnessed abuse from nationalities across the board. One of the Dutch dealers, who had been buying and selling all day, was riding a cremello Iberian type round bareback in a headcollar...
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…… The Bad ….

We visited the October horse market at Maurs this week, one of the major fairs for the sale of animals into the meat trade. Vehicles from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium and Holland as well as all regions of France were evident. We were there early to watch the unloading of well over a thousand equines – there is a quite unbelievable disparity in the transportation used. Big tractors towing...
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The Good ……

Mondial du Lion, the young event horse world championships held at Le Lion D’Angers was a celebration of the pleasant face of the horse world. The competition is for the stars of the future, with a championship for 6yos and 7yos at this stage of their career. The three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping are designed to test these young horses on ability and performance, but...
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