South Carolina is home to many different horse enthusiasts, of all disciplines. They consist of eventing, dressage, polo, etc. I am sure you can tell, that I absolutely love horses.
I respect that every discipline in the horse world may have a different point of view than mine. Whether it be what they call in the horse world, "aids." That could be a crop, a whip, a bit, a saddle, spurs, etc. BUT, me personally, I wish that the person that uses the "aids" learns how to be gentle (if in fact they insist on having them in the first place.)
To me, the worst of tools, is the riders "hands."
Which leads me to the Sport of Kings. POLO.
Being in the crowd watching the game of polo is a lot of fun. But, unfortunately, what you do not see, is the pain that is inflicted on the horse
during the game. Having a long lens that can capture the faces of the horse as the rider pulls the reins in a fast turn, pulling the bit up into the mouth of the horse, and the eyes tell you ALL. But, the crowd doesn't see this. I did. Now you do.
Wouldn't it be a much better sport, if all of the money that is paid for a polo pony be in their training to a rider's leg? The polo rider could turn his head, move his foot to a different angle, and his horse would respond to the right, the left, to a trot to a gallop all in one motion. He then could be free to use his polo stick and not worry about
handling the reins. To me, these photographs
are just cruelty, and abuse.
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I would love to hear your opinion!
Below is a beautiful polo pony all tacked up and ready to ride...