Why bring it up? Because relationship to horse, & human-horse connection cannot occur when abuse and torture is present.
This morning Inge van der Woude, posted the following on LinkedIn and it was drawn to my attention by Joni Solis.
It is a photo of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, taken by the well known rollkur critic and veterinarian, Dr. Ulrike Thiel. As Inge pointed out, it appears it's not just competition dressage riders who make use of rollkur as a schooling technique for their horses.
As one of the commentators on LinkedIn said, the really sad thing is that they have probably been trained to do this for generations and it's unlikely they're going to be changing their approach anytime soon. The fact that this all takes place behind high walls and closed doors makes even more unlikely.
Inge's advice is not to visit the school if you go to Vienna and by the same token, I suggest you don't go to any of their live events unless you intend to declare that the emperor is again without clothes.
Check the image on the right.. or not. Horrible.
Everyday is an opportunity to learn kindness and connect.