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Does riding actually hurt horses?

sundance sun horseDo you really want to know what is going on under the saddle?  Do you wonder if there are certain types of bits that can help horses?  Does riding hurt horses?  Can horses be happy in domestic environments? 

Never has it been easier for horse owners and lovers to study these animals. 

Over the past decade or so there have been an increasing number of scientific and ethological studies available to help us answer many questions that arise in our modern relationships with horses.   There is so much free information, sometimes it’s simply a matter of sorting through and finding reliable sources.

The following is one of the best current videos presenting some solid scientific information in only 5 minutes.  A must-watch for all responsible horse enthusiasts!

What do you think?  Add your comments to this blog post

For more studies and information about the effects of riding and domestication on horses be sure to read The Path of the Horse ebook and audiobook available at this link.

4 Responses to Does riding actually hurt horses?

  • Karen Mitchell says:

    I have no idea why i follow a horse group because it has me in tears a lot of the time..,

    A typical conversation in a horse group I follow….They don’t know that I don’t own a horse. I grew up with them until I was 14. I dream of owning one every day and my heart breaks every day when I have conversations similar to this…Most of the time it’s about bit’s, saddles, sore backs, injuries (HEAPS of injuries caused through riding and training). some conversations are very worse..

    Karen Mitchell Like I commented, I could never ride my baby..I’d have more respect than that 14 mins · Like

    Lauren **** Yeah 3.5 Naomi but why bother arguing with her. I love those who think it is unnatural to ride horses yet think it is ok to have them as pets coz that is totally natural! I do the best by my horses so don’t really care about the opinions of those who might disagree 11 mins · Like · 1

    Lauren ***** Loving everyone elses pics. Some of the differences are amazing. Must be a pretty awesome feeling to look back and know you have been there for every step and responsible for everything they know 9 mins · Like

    Kelly ***** My horse (pictured above) who I’ve owned and trained for 8.5 years loves being ridden like dogs love going for walks… She gets so excited, she calls to me when she hears my voice, follows me everywhere…. We have immeasurable mutual respect that has come from years of working together as horse and rider it’s been an amazing journey 7 mins · Like · 1

  • Linda White says:

    I have just come across this website, and I watched the video is riding a horse vegan? While I think this is a noble sentiment to have, I don’t believe it is practical, not when there are so many places in the world that still rely on horsepower, literally. It seems to me, if vegans really want to educate people and really make a positive change in the life of a horse, then find out how to help these working horses of the world, or volunteer/support at a rescue or other charities. I can think of two charities that do incredible work, The Brooke, and Prince Fluffy Kareem (they are only on facebook)

    These people are on the ground doing their best to improve the lives of horses, one globally and one in Cairo Egypt. If you really want to see the damage done to horses, Prince Fluffy Kareem has great documentation on the before and after conditions of the horses they help, although not all survive. Yes, some of the things we do to horses in this country are deplorable, especially the racing industry and other horse industries. I wish I had the money to really make a difference in a horses life, but I don’t, so I try to spread the word about those who do actually try and DO to make a difference.

  • Valerie McIntyre says:

    Where are the referrals of the effects riding the girl said were at the bottom of the video? Blog? I have do.e friends who are holding onto the horse loves to be ridden and want proof it harms horses. Thank you

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Everyone that has anything to do with horses should watch The Path of the Horse documentary with an open mind and an open heart and allow their understanding of this animal expand. If watched as stated you will find that you will be forced to learn more about yourself too.

I hope that more and more people will discover The Path of the Horse documentary and then share it with others. I have watched it twice with tears flowing and plan to watch it many more times.

Inspired by this documentary to go deeper within and then expand outward with a clearer vision.

Joni Solis