I have a few friends who compete in reining but I’m essentially clueless about this discipline. Having read the articles about Sedivet being approved for use in warm up and competition, I’m even more confused. How would sedating a reining horse be helpful, appropriate or even safe for competition?
I don’t approve of it but can understand why drugging May be popular in English hunters and in Western Pleasure, where the fashion is for horses to look like drugged, sleepy, zombies. But doesn’t the athleticism, responsiveness and speed required for reining mean sedation would be detrimental to performance?
Can someone please clue me in if this is common and why. And why is it ok?