Animals Are Not Machines

What I hope we can learn from Annika Schleu and Saint Boy.

Schleu and Saint Boy during the riding portion of the pentathlon. Iván Alvarado, Reuters.

Hopes of a gold medal for German pentathlete Annika Schleu crumbled when her assigned horse was unable to perform during the showjumping portion of the Tokyo Olympics event.

Riders are randomly assigned a horse to compete with, and riding a new horse is part of the challenge — and a heavily…



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Sarah Olson Michel

Sarah Olson Michel


Aspiring animal behavior researcher writing about science and feminism. Endometriosis warrior.