And anybody who wants to show and win in the mainstream Walker show industry will have to partake of those practices.
Anytime you "nail on a gait" you are doing a disservice to the horse. If it's brood stock you're doing a disservice to the breed.
I disagree with the first line and agree with the second one.
I show in walking horse shows, my horse is registered through TWHBEA, and I can honestly say that I have never: put on a heavy shoe, used chains, sored my horse or done any other harmful practice. Still, she can and does move competitively. I ride my mare barefoot in the winter and in a small keg shoe in the summer for protection. She was my first gaited horse as well as the first horse I trained so I do not have the resources nor knowledge to use those devices and would not if I did.
Now I do not promote soring in any way, shape, or form but there is such a misconception in the mass public that all
TWH people who show in turn sore their horses. It is the broad blanket statements that give the implication that ALL invloved do this that also in some way aids the hinderance of the breeds advancement and show industry from improving. I am not looking to argue, more just wondering thoughts. What would happen if the people who are doing sound training were recognized by those against soring in as many ways as they can
...would that create a change? I feel strongly against soring, but I promote sound show horses.
I agree whole heartedly that nailing on a gait is a crock and a disservice to walkers, I personally love the natural rolling gait of a 'born this way' Tennessee Walking Horse. They are out there, just few and far between in many cases, but a breeder dedicated to improving the breed can and will breed for the conformation that allows a horse to gait naturally. I bred my mare this year because she is natural, competitive, and an improvement to the breed if bred to the right type of stud -one who walks naturally and still can win a class. Rather than destroy the industry -why not try to transform it by bringing in competitive natural horses, they are out there.