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post #11 of 148 Old 11-01-2012, 10:29 AM
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Docking has been illegal in the UK since 1949 essentially because it was regarded as an unneccessary practice that was cruel as it deprived the horse of its natural fly protection
Horses have continued to be worked and shown there in harness with tails either shaved off or cut short and also tied up and decorated to protect from risks of damage in harness.
These horses were traditionally stabled during the day when not working when the flies were worse and turned out at night.
At least this way if they are ever retired to 24/7 turnout the tail could grow and be a use to them.
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Well said! Docking is abhorrent. Love the picture of the Heavy.
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post #12 of 148 Old 11-02-2012, 01:37 PM
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Both my Clydesdales have beautiful tails. If they go for a show, the tail hair is braided up out of the way. Docking is unnecessary.
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post #13 of 148 Old 11-02-2012, 01:41 PM
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I am truly shocked that this barbaric and unnecessary practice is still going on, there is no reason on earth to do this to horses.
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It is for show, it makes them look nicer, there is nothing you can do about it. So please, if don't have anything pleasing to type on this thread I think you should leave this website.
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post #15 of 148 Old 11-02-2012, 06:28 PM
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It's origins were when a horse was pulling an implement and the driver was sitting low and close. A long tail, then the flies were out, would hit the driver about the head and delivered quite a sting. Many of the show drafts haul farm equipment to keep them in shape.
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post #16 of 148 Old 11-02-2012, 06:35 PM
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It is for show, it makes them look nicer, there is nothing you can do about it. So please, if don't have anything pleasing to type on this thread I think you should leave this website.
That isn't how it works, everyone is entitled to their opinions and to be able to express them, and I don't see anyone being rude here.

I was born and raised in the UK, and was genuinely shocked to realize that docking was allowed over here, I thought it had dies out everywhere.

I don't support the practice, I can't think of a nice thing to say about it
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well good for you
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I'd rather see a heavy horse with his tail either trimmed or braided and folded up. Now.....back in the old days when heavy horses were relied upon heavily and were the norm for man to survive they were docked to keep their tails from becoming entangled and a nuisance in the driving lines......and old farmer Ted who uses his horse everyday is NOT going to spend hours out in his barn braiding a tail up so that he can go harvest the fields. Although I am aware that tail hair trimming was very common back then too......

I am positive that aside from tails being tangled in driving lines there were other reasons regarding safety for the horses, such as tails actually getting broken.....sometimes things take off as a 'fix' to relieve people's fears after hearing of old farmer Teds horse breaking his tail in the driving lines....how do we fix that problem....remove the tail!

It's an old practice, I would like to see it gone too - very similar to the dog docking debate.....but let's not go there!!!
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post #19 of 148 Old 11-02-2012, 06:51 PM
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im vain. I like to see a draft horse docked.

I debarked my GP. I used to dock my pitbull dogs ears. I think many breeds look silly with natural ears and natural tails. There are health benefits to docking and debarking.

Many of the laws in merry old england are ridiculous. All the opinion of a lil southern country boy of course
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post #20 of 148 Old 11-02-2012, 06:52 PM
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im vain. I like to see a draft horse docked.

I debarked my GP. I used to dock my pitbull dogs ears. I think many breeds look silly with natural ears and natural tails. There are health benefits to docking and debarking.

Many of the laws in merry old england are ridiculous. All the opinion of a lil southern country boy of course
Haha deja vu!!!
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