I went to a twh/ssh show here in town last year?? the year before and they had some park classes. I had to go over and watch as the horse was inspected by the dqp after the class. Seeing those long toes and stacks was worse close up than it was from a distance. Turns out after talking to the dqp, he LOVES riding big lick!! Said that the chains and such wasn't such a big deal and that trainers really don't put nails under the shoes or use chemicals to sore horses....it was all propoganda. I thought to myself how could this guy properly and objectively inspect horses if he's giving me the line of crap most old school big lick trainers give the general public??
After he suggested I ride it before I knock it, it gave me a whole new look at how the "industry" wants to clean up soring.
Sounds like the "fox" is doing a great job of guarding the henhouse.
"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp