At the FEI World Reining final warm-up, Martin Muehlstaetter took to this horse in full public viewing with his spurring, sawing and gouging like a possessed man. The excitement of a major show, the overwhelming desire to win at all costs, sees the horse suffer to a level that should have demanded his immediate dismounting of the animal and removal from the show. Cleary unable to rationalize right from wrong, this man now travels the world giving clinics on reining horse training and is upheld by the NRHA as one of the Top 20 Trainers in the world.
Is this what it takes to train a Reiner or is this a person that is incapable of controlling his emotions? Is this an association that condones horse abuse to keep the entertainment rolling and trainers flowing the cash through their tills?
It would seem that at these FEI world championships the world became aware of the horse abuse that has been occurring hidden away in niche show pens and barns for many a long year.
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To read more about their warm-up pen performance, Read the Book “I Can’t Watch This Anymore” with first-hand accounts of what happened to the reining horses.