Do Olympic riders ride their own horses? Riders typically do not own their horses which sell for 5 to 7 figure prices depending on their level of training. Many riders teach horse riding and train other people’s animals and rely on prize money to help with the thousands of dollars for horse and equipment transport and accommodation.
Why was horse riding removed from the Olympics? Following backlash from animal welfare groups and revelations about the sport’s history of neglecting animal welfare, modern pentathlon’s governing body, the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), opted to remove horse riding from the sport from 2024 onwards and replace it with a different, as yet undecided
How does horse riding work in the Olympics? During the Olympics, the riders will compete for both team and individual medals over multiple rounds. During the exciting final “freestyle” round for individuals, the top riders will choreograph the order of movements to music to best show off their horse’s strengths and style.
Is Olympic equestrian cruel? Many horses compete at the highest level of dressage and are not treated cruelly. However, some dressage competitions and training are cruel. Harmful conditions arise through forceful and rapid training methods. But, training practiced with patience and care is beneficial for you and your horse.