Stable Scoop Episode 59 – The Ethics of Riding – What Would You Do?

Photo Credit: Darcy Lambert
Photo Credit: Darcy Lambert

We delve into the ethical situations we all run into as horse people, the “what would you do” situations. Joining us is Karen who writes the Ethical Horsemanship Blog. Listen in to this lively discussion…

Stable Scoop Episode 59 – The Ethics of Riding – What Would You Do?

  • Thank you to our guest this week, Karen from New Zealand. Visit her ethical horsemanship blog.
  • What would you do in these situations? We want your feedback – please comment below or write to us through our contact link.
    • You pull up to a lovely stable for your lesson with a new trainer. There are fancy cars and lots of stalls. You notice there aren’t any horses outside and it’s a beautiful, bug-free day. Not much turnout, sure, but at least a few horses should be out, no? You go into the stable and see all 22 horses inside dark, dusty stalls. The lesson horses are in fair weight, but their tack is disgusting and there are signs of neglect everywhere. Parked out front of the stable is the owner/manager’s fancy sports car. The girths inside are falling apart. The DILEMMA: The trainer has been recommended by a few people you hold in high regard. What do you do?
    • You see a fellow boarder mistreating her horse and she doesn’t know you’ve seen anything. Do you speak up about it? If so, to whom?
    • If you were invited to a fancy dinner party overseas and horsemeat was on the menu, would you try it?
    • A trail buddy has been riding rather dangerously. There aren’t many folks to ride out with these days. Do you go with him or do you pass on the company and ride out alone?
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About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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