Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto gave a passionate defense of Ann Romney's fancy horse sport on his show last night, saying that it's entirely unfair to make fun of her horses, since she uses them as therapy for her multiple sclerosis. Cavuto said:
"I've had enough. Enough of condescending commentators at another news channel whose incredible ignorance of a disease I know all too well risks being accepted by an audience that might not know the facts that well. So here are the facts. Ann Romney has multiple sclerosis. I have multiple sclerosis. Ann does not need your sympathy. I don't need your sympathy...
Ann Romney deals with her MS by riding horses. It's called hippotherapy -- some call it dressage -- but at it's core, for MS patients, it refers to using horseback riding as a treatment for medical conditions."
This is wrong. Some do not call it dressage. Dressage is not a synonym for hippotherapy, or for horseback riding. It's a distinct sport in which people make horses dance to music and are judged by how well they perform. Romney's horse Rafalca is going to the Olympics.
Watch Cavuto's joke-hating speech here: