Why do we compete with our horses?

I ask this question to prompt some debate and possibly even arguments as to whether it is even ethical to compete with our horses at all.

There is a growing band of horse people getting stronger with the aid of social media that are clubbing together to try to ban all types of equine competition with the FEI having to deal with complaints of mal practise in the higher echelons of the competition world.

But I like to put this question to all those at the grass roots, myself included.

So why then do I compete?

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