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

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.

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Letter: Horses at the Royal wedding

Journal: Vet Record