…work as the saying went long before the TV series did. The way that horses contribute to the economy and society more generally has changed dramatically from the days of horse-drawn ploughs and open landaus carrying the well heeled to and fro. Nevertheless the horse is much more than an a remnant of a pre-industrial past. The present day contribution of the horse to sport, sales and marketing, art and culture, rehabilitation and therapy and the leisure industry is real and measured in billions of dollars worldwide.
The articles and posts in this online publication are to promote discussion of the issues which matter for people who work or play with horses, own them, ride them or just love them. Horse sport is regulated, mostly by sports governing bodies, but the state is responsible for legislation and policy which governs many other aspects from veterinary treatment to ownership records. In short horses still work and there is plenty to talk about…..