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Fei Bans Rollkur (hyper-flexion) Warm Up Method From Competition

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"Dressage riders may be subject to closed-circuit television in the warm-up arenas at international shows after the decision of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) yesterday to ban the contraversial ?rollkur? method of warming up a horse before a competition."

Full story and video here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/mor...icle7021298.ece

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well i guess it's the first step in the right direction. too bad that the FEI seems to have no backbone. and i wish davison would have kept his 2 cents to himself.

thank you pdavissmith for posting this.

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This is interesting to me. Who does the determining of whether or not the rollkur method is being used, as opposed to riding deep? Is there a time limit to how a horse can be ridden deep before it becomes an issue of rollkur?

My main idea is, I guess, who is going to judge this, and what are the parameters of which it will be judged?

~stars

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stars--that's what i meant about the FEI being spineless. there probably will be observation cameras installed in warmup rings, but i'll just bet it'll be up to the public to make enough of a stink to see any kind of enforcement. and of course this will have 0 effect on what is done at home.

and roll-kur is like a duck; if it walks like one, looks like one and acts like one, it probably is one. it has pretty clear physiological characteristics (and down the road health problems). there are a LOT of websites on this topic, complete with pictures that depict the typical carriage of a horse being riding with roll-kur.

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Thanks Nick. I AM familiar with rollkur methods. But I am wondering if the general viewing public will know the difference between rollkur and simply riding deep. If you re going to enforce something, you have to put parameters on it.

I get what you mean though, that its just all for show, and that honestly nothing will be done.

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