A real solution
The concluding sentence of the article is:
“Why don’t we take a little more time and train these horses properly and educate their clients and give them better horsemen skills, other than to bring out a needle and a syringe every time we have a horse show.”
Another way it could be said is, “Let’s spend more time and money perfecting our riding techniques and paying our trainers instead of paying for drugs to make a more compliant horse.”
More questions to ponder:
Will this solution change anything? What is the root of what this rider is looking for (e.g. approval, acceptance, a chance to demonstrate physical talent as part of a horse human team)? Is she looking to show how well she takes care of her horse?
Do you think there might be a way this person can find these things in ways that don’t compromise the well being of horses, whether it’s from drugs or the everyday stresses of riding like sore backs and mouths that training for competition often induces? When will the most important thing be the horse having a happy, healthy life? What does this look like? Who is the winner when the horse hurts? Who is the winner when the horse is happy? Can you imagine how many more horses we’ll have to breed to get ones that can withstand the physical and mental stresses of riding and training at these top levels without drugs? Is it even possible? Also, if drugs are an unacceptable answer, there will be many horses needing to be “turned out to pasture” in one way or another. Do we have money and time to take care of them, to thank them for the services they provided before they were injured?
How about this for a concluding sentence, “Why don’t we take a little more time and figure out what really makes us feel good as humans, and show people what a true winner looks like.”
What are the solutions you see?