Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Docking a horse's tail is just plain cruel, especially now that horses are little more than luxury items. Even if there used to be a logical reason for it, it no longer exists. The Amish use drafts as tractors and plows, and I have yet to see an Amish draft horse with a docked tail.
Really? The Amish around here have horses with docked tails. I personally hate the look of a docked horse and with the need to swish flies, I think they should be left natural. I do however currently own 2 dogs with docked tails (they came that way) and I have owned many docked dogs over the past 35 years. They all but one came that way too. I did have one Rottie with a natural tail that against my will, was docked as an adult. I understand in his case why it was needed as he didn't seem to have feeling in his tail. He lit it on fire in a campfire once. He had happy tail and was forever hitting it on things and spraying blood all over the place. I didn't want him docked because I thought it would cause him so much pain, as an adult. Oddly enough, he came home right after the surgery and bounded about the house like normal, didn't seem to have any issue at all and never again had bloody sores on it.
All that said, even though I do not like the idea of docking some animals or cropping or whatever, I think the government needs to keep their noses out of it. I do not want to lose any more rights. Soon it will be the right to even own my favorite breed.