This is a beautifully artistic look into the world of horse riding as both a sport, hobby and pastime. It is a stunning amalgamation of fashion, photography, art and equestrian life including plenty of product reviews, fashion features, interviews with well established riders as well as rising stars, event pieces and some truly striking imagery of horses in action. There are accounts of the history of horse and human interaction in the UK and in depth pages on the most stylish and practical equipment and clothing. The Horse Rider’s Journal is a delight to read, a mix between Vogue and The Horse and Hound.
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Horses have been used by humans throughout the ages, from pulling carts to carriages, and generally doing the heavy lifting until motorcars were invented. They are still used for pulling carriages in ceremonial events. Up until the ban they were used for fox hunting, the act of tracking, chasing and sometimes killing a fox with bloodhounds. The sport originated in England but has spread all over the world to countries such as Italy, Australia, America, Canada, France, and even Russia. Unfortunately it was banned in Britain in 2004, but oddly shooting foxes as vermin with a firearm remains to be legal.
I personally don’t understand this, as a bloodhound will kill a fox instantly whereas a farmer shooting from a distance might just clip the animal, leaving it maimed and in agony.
People seem to have no qualms with fishing, which is far more cruel as it involves pulling the thing out of the water by its lip and then leaving it to down in air, slowly but surely. There seems to be a relationship between the size of the animal and the idea of cruelty. Aside from fox hunting, horses are used in polo, racing, dressage and of course, for a leisurely ride across the countryside.