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post #31 of 44 Old 07-18-2013, 09:09 AM
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I apologize if someone addressed this already. I scanned through and did not see.
What you are seeing on Champaigne Watchouts feet are not pads or any sort of action devise..they are bell boots, found in any local tack store.They are to protect the horses hooves more specifically in long back stride walkers can clip their front feet with the back so the boots protect from that..My horse has to wear them when he is turned out due to his over zellusness he has about him self when turned loose..Have come back with bloody heals.
The bell boots are the white things on top of the hoofs. But if you look closer, you can see something is attached underneath CW's front feet.
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post #32 of 44 Old 07-18-2013, 01:13 PM
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The bell boots are the white things on top of the hoofs. But if you look closer, you can see something is attached underneath CW's front feet.
I can't see anything but hoof..My eyes might be worse then your though.
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I can't see anything but hoof..My eyes might be worse then your though.
The Preacher has said that in some circumstances CW has worn a 1/2 inch pad to meet class requirements. This is what you might be seeing.

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post #34 of 44 Old 07-20-2013, 11:57 AM
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I have been trying to follow this the best I can. I do not see what is sooo wrong with having TWH perform barefoot or flat shod. Some of the horses we trail ride with and other around my area have some beautifully natural movers that, IMO, can kick any of the big lick TWH's out of the show ring anyday. I was raised were it is normal for the padded walkers. I still live in the same areas were the same trainers have been around forever and their fathers did the same thing.

I just don't see why they can't just go to "natural" classes. Some gaited horses will GLADLY strut their stuff barefoot. They do have a naturally high headset with high, reaching strides. Just depends on the horse. We have three walkers that move totally different. One of them (despite her conformatioin flaws) would rock a show ring. She puts everything into her gaits. She is high stepping, long reaching, but she does it all on her own. She has never been padded.

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post #35 of 44 Old 07-20-2013, 08:40 PM
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I'm trying to post a link to the enlarged photo of Champagne Watchout. He is indeed wearing pads. I don't know how thick they are, but they are obviously there. And they look much thicker than 1/2 inch. 1/2 inch would be barely noticeable, no? And yes, I am familiar with bell boots, that's not what I am looking at.

http://media.timesfreepress.com/img/...6a0ec0d5bfa32a

I shouldn't care about Walking Horses. I have never owned one (although I would like to) but for some reason the whole padded thing really bugs me. I guess because I love trail riding and I think these horses should be bred as Cadillac trail horses, not the freak show of the horse world. I mean, what is so wrong with their natural gaits? I have seen video of Midnight Sun. He is flashy but looks like a horse you could ride out on the trail. NOT like the current padded show horses.

Okay, my link seems to work. If I click on the photo it will go even larger! Try it.
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post #37 of 44 Old 07-27-2013, 03:42 AM
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I guess they were desperate for sponsors.

Or they want to combine their two favorite activities......abusing horses and drinking. Maybe it's easier to abuse horses if you are drunk.
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post #39 of 44 Old 07-27-2013, 08:40 AM
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I guess they were desperate for sponsors.

Or they want to combine their two favorite activities......abusing horses and drinking. Maybe it's easier to abuse horses if you are drunk.
The only TWH show I have attended in TN sold beer inside. Maybe I was at a different venue.

A person HAS to be on something to do some of the stuff they do to those horses!!

In all honesty, and I have my flame suit on, I watched the NWHA video, and I cannot tell the difference in the horses' gaits when they are flat shod. It is quite boring to watch the classes.

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Yes, that is CWO and yes he had a small package on to be eligible to enter the class. He did all kinds of gaits in there, a little walking, trotting, some fox trotting. He is very naturally gaited.

His rider in that picture, Nataliegh, is a good friend of mine. But her dad, Nate Jackson, is a blooming hypocrite. The whole deal over padded TWH's is totally misunderstood. It's not what the media says. Not ALL of the performance horses are sores, or hurting at all, in any way, shape, or form.

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