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Nov 23    Stand up for your horse and leave the show area

posted by helyn on 23.11.09 15:26 | under General

Stand up for your horse and leave the show area


Upper neck hyperflexion is primarily a problem of education. For a large part, riders and trainers applying the system do not have any clear idée of the effects the hyperflexion of the upper neck does have on the horses. A few successful rider applied the approach and everyone copy the technique hoping that the hyperflexion of the horses’ upper neck will generate successes. If the same Olympic riders had warmed up their horses wearing a green shirt, we would be talking about the greenkur and many will convince themselves that the color of their shirt has mad a world of difference on their horse.


Showing, the governing bodies will "investigate "the matter a little further hoping that the problem will go away. The tactic is known as "drowning the fish.” Action will not be taken and therefore action belongs to the individuals who are outraged by the approach. There are several petitions going on Sylvia Loch is now collecting 6000 signatures and Philippe Karl who started his own movement in March totalizes now 12000 signatures. As today, November 23, our own petition is in its 28th  day and we have already received 1992 signatures. There are many other petitions going on and these different petitions are now talking to each other hoping to draw a common strategy. Several ideas suggest wearing a white hat or other clothing devices in protest.


Our suggestion is to stand up and leave the show area when a rider practicing hyperflexion of the neck enters the ring. Our thought is that it would be unethical for the show organizers as well as good riders to start manifestations around the show area that could end into confrontation with Rollkur proponents and disturbances.  America is a free country; you do not like it, you stand up and you leave the periphery of the show ring. This is a win/win situation. First of all you do not have to watch a performance that would be unpleasant to watch anyway. Second of all, there is often good vendors’ area to visit or food stand for a collation.


The impact would be very strong. It would normalize the riders’ ego and concern eventual sponsors. It would make the steward or technical delegate wonder about the policy of passive compliance. It would raise the same concerns in the judges’ mind.


Whatever action is ultimately decided, union is power and  it would be very effective if everyone in the world applied the same tactic. We are hoping that a common action will be decided promptly.


Meanwhile, we continue to explain why hyperflexion of the upper neck is handicapping dressage as well as jumper horses. Also, we further open our newsletter to the thoughts of competent trainers. Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss peoples.” By contrast to the trainers who apply a technique because other peoples are doing it, there are many advantages to consider the thoughts of riders and trainers who are focusing on preparing athletically and mentally their horse for the performance.  Jean Luc Cornille

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  - Margaret Mead, US anthropologist (1901-1978)


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