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Why Isn't Horse Riding Vegan? Everything You Need To Know

From Liam Pritchett, PlantBasedNews.org
March 2024

Even when everything goes according to a rider’s plan, horse riding inherently involves the exploitation of animals. Horses do not 'need' to be ridden, and horseback riding of any kind exists solely to benefit the humans involved – whether that is for entertainment, profit, or fun.

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Horse riding and racing are hugely popular activities in many countries in the world. While the ethical issues with horse racing are fairly well-documented, it may come as a surprise to some that horse riding is often regarded as cruel. So, is horse riding vegan? And what about horse racing? Let’s delve into it.

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In the UK, there have been 2730 racing-related horse deaths in the last 16.5 years. In fact, in 2022 alone, nearly 200 horses were killed as a direct result of racing. And these numbers don’t include the animals killed outside of racing – showjumping, hunting, in on-road collisions, and those who died due to other rider errors, accidents, and negligence. Horses are farmed, homed, bought, sold, and slaughtered like any other animal; as a product.

Even when everything goes according to a rider’s plan, horse riding inherently involves the exploitation of animals. Horses do not “need” to be ridden, and horseback riding of any kind exists solely to benefit the humans involved – whether that is for entertainment, profit, or fun.

With that in mind, can horse riding ever really be considered compatible with veganism?

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Please read the ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE, including:

  • Is horse riding vegan?
  • How long have humans worked with horses?
  • Horse welfare, injuries, and deaths
  • The act of horse riding
  • Living conditions
  • Health and horse breeding
  • Deaths
  • Supporting horse protection

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