Horse Sport Must Fight Harder for Welfare
"Do national federations actively place welfare at the heart of their strategies? " Question posed by Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, at recent FEI general assembly. WHW has been an advisor to FEI for 30 years - welfare integral to growth of equestrian sport. The article questions if the sport is doing enough to help itself? The FEI code of conduct dictates that the welfare of the horse should be paramount, above all other considerations. "But do we really do this?" asked Roly... "It's no secret that some FEI disciplines have come under the spotlight for dubious welfare," he added. "There are some clear red lines - equine doping, excessive injury rates, preventable fatalities and a general flouting of the rules are quite simply flagrant abuses of equine welfare." Encouraging the horse sport to use social media more effectively and proactively as it is becoming a greater influence and viewers worldwide will not tolerate abuse of animals for entertainment. Horse welfare needs to be top priority for national federations.