By Mr. Nickerson
When I first head about the changes to the drug rules, I was worried about how these changes would affect us, the show horses. I was concerned that, while these changes were well-intentioned, they might have unintended consequences. But now that these rules have been enacted, I have seen first-hand the positive effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington state and I can say that I am on board with these changes. Now that riders, trainers, and owners are more relaxed I am seeing fewer horses who are lunged into exhaustion in the hopes of achieving perfection. I am also heartened by the resulting change in judging, with more judges who, all things being equal, pin riders who look stoned over horses who look stoned.
When people aren't worried about things like being successful, then horses get to behave like horses and everyone has a good time.