"As an internationally known educator for many years in the broad spectrum, realm of horsemanship and particularly classical dressage, I have encountered many horses who have been mentally and physically abused and harmed. It has often been my job to rehabilitate such horses and riders, who have either by choice or not, participated in this system. Sometimes I have been successful and other times not. It always makes me feel sad. I feel it is imperative that we continue to educate young riders, judges, instructors, trainers and horse lovers about the fact that classical dressage does not involve either physical or mental abuse to the horse. It is a nature oriented gymnastic schooling created to strengthen the horse's physical and mental capacities and when properly applied,, creates a healthier, mentally balanced animal, increases it's longevity and beauty while creating harmony and understanding between horse and rider. Young riders should understand that dressage competitions can be won without using unethical or brutal means Sadly, there are more examples of the opposite today. Perhaps because we have too few teachers anymore. It is up to each individual horse owner to take the responsibility for their animal and search for instructors and trainers who are more concerned about the horse's well being then they are about their own, who tenaciously uphold classical precepts without deviation and who are not afraid to ask for help before initiating pain. When the rider's skill comes to an end, the door is opened for abuse to begin."