Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Cornwall, England (UK)
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I do also hope that tail docking in horses gets banned in other places.
Although I can see that busy farmers and workers may need the tail docked so they can earn more money (less time faffing, and more time working), I think that anybody who docks just for shows shouldn't have a horse.
It doesn't take too long for tails to be cut short (the hairs only), and that gives them less chance of getting caught up in the machinery, and whatnot, and more ability to swat the flies. Perhaps if there was more advice and help out there, available to workers/farmers, many people would change their mind on docking for logging, and trim the hairs instead - think of the horse's wellbeing as well.
People who show, I think, should braid their horses tails, or do something else to make them shorter. Surely the preparing of the horse is the best bit about showing? I'd love to have a draft and play with their tail to make it appear shorter and "professional" - docking must take all the fun away! Besides, when showing season is over, those horses will need an on-hand defence system to get rid of pesky insects.
I'm proud that I'm British and that we've banned all sorts of animal mutilation for cosmetic purposes. I do hope that someday other places follow suit, like many already have.
That's just my opinion, and I've read every post up to this point. I'm aware some may disagree, and I respect your opinions, but I will never dock a horse's tail.