I am slightly hijacking Conrad’s day to appreciate what Enviro Equine and Pet has done in response to one of their sponsored riders running cross country AGAIN on a horse with a bloody mouth. When Enviro Equine and Pet announced that they had ended their relationship with Marilyn Little, I thought my best chance of expressing appreciation would be to purchase products from them. The company responded quickly, with integrity — that shows me what animal welfare means to them. While it’s disturbing that I discovered this brand because of a horse welfare controversy, I am glad I did! Conrad will get to try their Healthy Hound Treats and their Fly Spray PLUS Wipes.
To be honest, I am almost MORE disturbed by the tightness of RF Scandalous’s noseband during all three phases of the LRK3DE competition. And sadly, other nosebands looked too tight to me, too. While the literature is not voluminous, more and more studies are looking at how tack and equipment and how it’s used affect competition horses. (I am seeing more and more studies of horses and their behavior in general, which is very gratifying to me.) I’d like to highlight two recent studies, the results of which are both available for free online at PLOS ONE.
They are about nosebands, as you can see. The findings will hopefully not only trigger more and larger studies, but will be noticed by governing bodies of horse sports and taken seriously.
You still get Conrad pictures, anyway!