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October 30, 2015

Thinking of selling your endurance horse to the Middle East?

That hell hole of the earth...for women, and horses.

Check out Chronicle of the Horse here.  Welfare concerns indeed...when they break a leg running flat out for that 100 miles we can always just saw it off right there in the sand, and tape a stick to it, right?

And lest we forget, Splitter's Creek Bundy with both broken forelegs.
 Splitter's Creek Bundy breaks down (front legs fracture) after racing at 17.7 mph average speed on the previous loop.

God help me...if this is where endurance riding will go in this country EVER I will join the most rabid animal welfare group I can find and campaign to SHUT IT ALL DOWN FOREVER.   

So what has any of this got to do with any of us?   Plenty.     We as an endurance riding organization host these qualifying rides, and we support international USEF/FEI endurance.   Does this mean our USA riders are culpable?   Probably not.   But then the history of TEVIS who recalls horses pre-ride lined up with IV drips in their jugulars?  It is a slippery slope and where there are big prizes,  and big money, corruption isn't long following and animal abuse right along with it.

I feel sick inside that FEI has deemed it appropriate to now reinstate this region in the Middle East.  Ask yourself---why?   We all know the answer. M-O-N-E-Y.

More and more when you say you ride endurance, this is becoming the picture in the minds of others.  For most of us here in the USA it is so far from the truth.   Eventually animal rights activists will get their teeth into the bit, then what?  We need to keep our sport clean, put our horse's welfare first (above winning & placement).  Get back to the "Finish is to Win" principle of the sport.


  1. That is heartbreaking.

  2. It makes me sick :( I have a friend who recently sold his horse to that region for a pretty penny, and it made me lose so much respect for him. I cannot. AERC needs to distance itself, and very publicly, from all the practices going on over there. This is NOT why I picked this sport, and if that's where it's heading, I won't be a part of it either. Thankfully, so far, the US riders seem to be sickened by news from that part of the world, and are up in arms about it (and rightfully so). I just hope the outright BRIBES from FEI and UAE won't change that as years go by.

  3. As an aside, this is the difference between endurance riding and endurance racing. It's an important distinction.

  4. I am currently writing to every MP I can think of to impose a moratorium on the sale of Australian horses to this region until the welfare situation is sorted out. God help those who have already gone. How anyone can knowingly send a horse to that sort of future is beyond me and I will NEVER breed to sell (to anyone) as there is always the outside chance it will happen.