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    11-14-2011, 11:21 AM
  #11
Trained
Another stupid question then..

Is actual docking allowed in the US still? It was banned ages ago in the UK
     
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    11-14-2011, 11:46 AM
  #12
Yearling
There is not a big population of draft horses in my area, but most of them have their tails intact.
One thing to keep in mind, yes, times are changing. Tails can be braided, doubled back and wrapped. There is no sound reason, IMO, for tails to be docked these days. Just because it is 'breed standard' or fashion, doesn't make it a good fashion.
A horse's tail has a purpose, and that is to be able to swish away biting insects. Think of the discomfort of not having the ability to shoo the flies, all for the sake of looking good for a show.
Time for that way of thinking to be left behind.
Ditto for docking a dog's tail and ears.
     
    11-14-2011, 02:27 PM
  #13
Yearling
Most of the horses in my area (from NS) have a full tail. I believe either it is illegal practice or most vets won't do it (it is illegal for dogs to be docked as well). I've met just as many that win with a full tail as without. It seems though the breed with it done most often I see, is Percheron. Lots of Belgians have full tails. It should be a practice that should be stopped very few people use the full range of equipment and if you do it only takes a second to braid or tape up.
     
    11-14-2011, 07:00 PM
  #14
Banned
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
A horse's tail has a purpose, and that is to be able to swish away biting insects. Think of the discomfort of not having the ability to shoo the flies, all for the sake of looking good for a show.
Time for that way of thinking to be left behind.
Ditto for docking a dog's tail and ears.

I guess it is one of those "generation gaps" you spoke of on another thread on whether it is still a desirable thing or not.
     
    11-14-2011, 07:30 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Spyder    
I guess it is one of those "generation gaps" you spoke of on another thread on whether it is still a desirable thing or not.
So where do I fit in?? Being in my late 30s.. too young to be respected by my elders, too old to be considered cool by the twenty somethings...
     
    11-14-2011, 08:49 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
So where do I fit in?? Being in my late 30s.. too young to be respected by my elders, too old to be considered cool by the twenty somethings...

That is the problem...40 is the gap between what was and what is to come.
     
    11-15-2011, 10:35 AM
  #17
Foal
We have a clyde out of a top show breeder and her tail wasn't docked. They braid and wrap each horse's tail to match for shows.
     
    11-17-2011, 09:58 AM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
So where do I fit in?? Being in my late 30s.. too young to be respected by my elders, too old to be considered cool by the twenty somethings...

Not really! I'm only 21 and I'm dating a 30 year old, plus I get along with and hang out with his friends who are all his age. I think it's all about how you present yourself. If someone gives me respect, I give it to them in return. You're cool, don't worry

Around here, a lot of the "horse pullers" dock their horses tails, and I see a lot of percherons with it. All of our WORK horses (haying, farming, etc.) have full tails. We either braid it, tie it up in a knot or wrap it, if we think it's going to get in the way.
     

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