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        08-26-2013, 04:35 PM
    I will say that in the picture Link of tripple threat he's padded- he's just got on rubber bell boots.. the others are light shod-- not the same category.

    If you take notice to the picture link of the very last horse youll notice there is no chains used- you can't use them in the ring anymore- another thing for the better that has been changed.

    The picture of the horse standing under itself is an old picture from 2009 or around that time- weird thing- my horse stood exactly like that today and she is not sored padded or shod at all- has no health issues- not ever foundered and I just done her feet yesterday- definitely not in any kind of pain at all- I spun her in a tight circle like I would a quarter horse and that's what happened- it was pretty close to our gelding and she is very submissive and balled herself up because she thought she was too close to him.

    I have seen the videos of them rocking and that could be pain or could be a behavior from being stalled up just like cribbing or stall weaving or walking.

    I don't think the pads if done right cause any harm to the horse- if you look at the action its the same with out- the pads just add weight and make a more animated gait- they still walk the exact same way-- I don't think its abuse when a woman is in stilettos - maybe if her dh pored caustic chemicals on her ankles and made her wear chains- that's a whole nother argument though. I think of pads more like the big comfy beach clog hoppers though- its that type material and theyre even strapped up the same way.
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        08-26-2013, 04:54 PM
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        08-26-2013, 05:10 PM
        08-26-2013, 05:28 PM
    Sorry, can't sway me that padded shoes don't cause damage to ankles or rear ends. It could have been on this forum they were talking about people buying the BL horses that couldn't make it and often people would find out later of course that the damage that all the weight distributed on the backend caused made for a poorly gaited animal due to spine damage.
        08-26-2013, 05:53 PM
    Originally Posted by Macslady    
    Sorry, can't sway me that padded shoes don't cause damage to ankles or rear ends. It could have been on this forum they were talking about people buying the BL horses that couldn't make it and often people would find out later of course that the damage that all the weight distributed on the backend caused made for a poorly gaited animal due to spine damage.

    Lol that aint true at all! I could see if you said it causes damage to the front end but the back end? Have you seen the action of a walking horse? Its the exact same action as with pads- just slightly animated. I'm not in 'denial' either- im honest to myself and others.

    Please, show me the x-rays where theres been proven damage to a horses rearend and spine from padded shoes and I will not fight you on it anymore- if you can't though you're just assuming-- you know what they say about assumptions..
        08-26-2013, 05:56 PM
    I've got a walking horse in the backyard. She moves nothing like those poor beasts.
        08-26-2013, 06:02 PM
    The Flat Walk is a brisk, long-reaching walk that can cover from four to eight miles an hour. This is a four cornered gait with each of the horse's feet hitting the ground separately at regular intervals. The horse will glide over the track left by the front foot with his hind foot: right rear over right front, left rear over left front. The action of the back foot slipping over the front track is known as overstride. Overstride is unique to the walking horse breed. The hock should show only forward motion; vertical hock action is highly undesirable. A Tennessee Walking Horse will nod its head in rhythm with the cadence of its feet. This nodding head motion, along with overstride, are two features that are unique to the Tennessee Walking Horse. This distinctive head motion along with overstride are both things the judge should take into consideration when judging a Tennessee Walking Horse.

    The Running Walk is the gait for which the walking horse is most noted. This extra-smooth, gliding gait is basically the same as the flat walk with a noticeable difference in the rate of speed between the two gaits. Proper form should never be sacrificed for excessive speed in a good running walk. The breed can travel 10 to 20 miles per hour at this gait. As the speed is increased, the horse over-steps the front track with the back by a distance of six to eighteen inches. The more "stride" the horse has, the better "walker" it is considered to be. It is this motion that gives the rider a feeling of gliding through the air as if propelled by some powerful but smooth-running machine. The running walk is a smooth, easy gait for both horse and rider. A true Tennessee Walking Horse will continue to nod while performing the running walk.

    The third gait is The Canter. The canter is performed in much the same way as other breeds, but the walking horse seems to have a more relaxed way of performing this gait. The canter is a forward movement performed in a diagonal manner to the right or to the left. On the right lead, the horse should start the gait in this order: left hind, right hind and left fore together, then right fore. The footfall for the left lead is right hind, left hind and right fore, then left fore. When performed in a ring, the animal should lead his canter with the foreleg to the inside of the ring. In the canter, the horse gives one the abundance of ease with lots of spring and rhythm, with proper rise and fall to afford a thrill from sitting in the saddle. Thus, the canter lifts the front end giving an easy rise and fall motion much like a rocking chair. This is often referred to as the "rocking-chair" gait.

    I don't mean any disrespect to you- if you think the overreach is only with pads you're wrong- its what makes the walking horse smooth and unique.

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