Anna Ross discusses our sport’s social licence and how we can protect it
It is easy to forget for those of us who live on a metaphorical island in the middle of “Lake Horse” that there is an outside world looking in. In an Olympic year especially, there is inevitably a wider examination of horse sport as it attracts attention from a bigger audience. This gives us a great opportunity to draw more spectators and sponsors, but also opens us up to animal welfare concerns from those questioning the use of horses in sport.
Justification for our use of horses for sport is known as our social licence. To the average person on the street, it may not be obvious why keeping horses for sport is any different to keeping animals purely for entertainment – in aquariums, for instance.
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