05-18-2012, 07:19 PM
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I was pleased as punch to see this. These horse shows have to be the most ugly event in sports; I can't watch them.
I am sure that not ALL TWH trainers use soring in the training of their horses. I even saw one trainer show how humanely they put the heavy front shoes on their horses, and I agree; the application was no more harsh than regular shoes.
BUT... the mere fact that these animals have to walk around with with heavy shoes on their front legs wrong. Over time, their front tendons and backs pay the consequence. You can see them struggle as they make their way around the arena. And carrying the weight of the rider makes it even worse. Many farriers (including mine) REFUSE to apply these shoes, knowing the damage they do. All because a select few find this attractive? Abuse is abuse.
Good for Pepsi. I hope others follow suit.