Never To Late To Stop

Just a side note to us backyard riders.  Yes, that is you.

Dressage teams have been selected from all over the world.  With hopefuls heading to Rio very soon.

Here’s two candidates, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Patrik Kittel.

two dressage riders next to each other

Tinne has represented in six Summer Olympics, three World Equestrian Games,  eight European Dressage Championships, and six Dressage World Cup Finals – earning Silver in her most recent one in 2016.

Patrik is entering his third Summer Olympics, has a bronze from the European Championships and then we end the list there because women ride better anyway.  Must keep it real.

I usually stay away from discussions of latest Do’s and Don’t’s.  That’s for forums, where riders who mainly pet their horses air out their competence.

But, did you notice something in the picture?  How about now?

dressage horse with hair on muzzle

Yes, muzzle whiskers all over!  On qualified, world rated (Find both near the top), high-caliber FEI level horses heading to the Olympics.

Tell me again why all the riders on the local circuit still feel they must shave them off?

I’ve stopped – my horse must have that professional look, just like theirs.

 

13 thoughts on “Never To Late To Stop

  1. I believe it is illegal to shave the muzzle whiskers in at least some european countries (hooray!). I have not done it for decades. So glad more people are realizing how much horses need them in order to function well. Thank you for bringing this to the attention and yes, the horses look especially beautiful with their gorgeous, fuzzy muzzles!

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    1. Yes, several countries but most don’t care.
      I never considered it a real issue, especially not for a horse in a protected environment etc. Barns I’ve been to with seriously competitive horses were always trimmed…
      But with all the awareness raised lately, it was a no brainer. They’re almost all grown out 🙂

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  2. I would have said the difference is how the ear bonnet sits on the head and how the reins are being held. The horse being ridden by the male rider, the ear bonnet is not sitting right on the head. The reins, the male rider has the lighter touch (got this from my daughter Tara).

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    1. Haha, yes, the ear bonnet!!! Didn’t even notice it at first.
      It hasn’t been legal for very many years with ear nets in the show ring in dressag. So, not a lot of practice to fall back on there perhaps 🙂

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