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Royal wedding “marred” by use of bits in the horses’ mouths

Time for Royal horse brigade to put animal welfare and respect before blind tradition

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last weekend was “marred” by the use of bits in the horses’ mouths, according to a letter published in the Vet Record today.

Michael Fox, a veterinary professional based in Minnesota, USA notes that “several horses were tossing their heads, mouthing and chomping and drooling in obvious oral discomfort.”

He points out that a British veterinary colleague has long established the inhumanity of the ‘snaffle-bit’ and has developed a widely used bitless bridle for horses.

And he argues that it is “time for the Royal horse brigade to get with the times and put animal welfare and respect before blind tradition.”

While traditions die hard, especially in equine circles, “let’s hope that this couple will extend their compassion to break the circle of anthropocentrism, and help ensure the humane treatment of all creatures great and small,” he concludes.

One thought on “Royal wedding “marred” by use of bits in the horses’ mouths

  • May 25, 2018 at 22:20

    Bravo, Mr Fox! Thank goodness a vet is willing to speak out. Horses have been routinely abused for centuries and, sadly, this is still the case. Global compassionate communication with horses is long overdue and the sooner we have them go bitless, the better. Ideally the next step would be to stop keeping horses in city mews or barracks and stop forcing them to participate in parades like the wedding and other spectacles. They damage their legs trotting on tarmac in shoes which ultimately destroy their feet.

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