“If you interact with a horse, you have a responsibility toward him.” Christoph Hess, FEI “I” Judge in both dressage and eventing, explains this statement in an excerpt from his book Ride Better With Christoph Hess, reprinted here.
There are a ton of factors that can influence the appearance of a horse’s coat color in his lifetime — even though his genes never change. This excerpt from Vera Kurskaya’s ‘Horse Color Explored’ explains.
To the horse, his actions are neither good nor bad — just a response to circumstances. How does that change the conversation about respect? Mark Rashid discusses in this excerpt from his book Find the Missed Path: The Art of Restarting Horses.