Shane sweetnam abusing horse

I was just recently rewatching the show jumping from the Olympics. Shane’s horse lost a shoe and probably hurt his leg in the process. He was obviously in pain over the jumps especially with crashing straight into the poles. Eventually his horse fell over and he got off. Why is nobody talking about this? Is this not the same thing as what I’m interpreting it as? This. Is. Abuse.

It had a great deal of coverage during the event. You obviously missed it at the time. The whole thing of having 3 horses on the team is decried by most of the NFs and the riders, for all three Olympic disciplines, and, post Olympics, there is a lot of pressure to change back to 4 in a team, purely on grounds of horse welfare.

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And another thread has just started about FEI passing three horse teams for 2024.