Originally Posted by LadyDreamer
About the chains, yes they are just like a bracelet. Their purpose is for the horse to try and step out of them. You see the same affect as a horse trotting through snow, or tall grass. They also affect the timing of the horse.
I myself have worn some of ours. The only time they hurt was when it got jammed between my ankle and my shoe.
The chain itself does not hurt the horse. It is when you put inflamatory salves and oils and other crap to make the area sensitive that hurts the horse.
Of course YOU are not going to step like that. Comparing horses to humans is like comparing a duck and a tree.
What about the people who use chains equivalent of a log chain? You don't suppose that would hurt? Or the people who leave those type of chains on for days at a time to sore the horse....therefore making those 6oz chains a little harsher than just a bracelet.
Besides that, the WHs gait is obviously not meant to have that type of action. If people are having to use chains to enhance the horses lift....that should be saying something.
Again, show me a walker moving like a big lick or even a lite shod horse on its own...with none of the gadgets/shoes/whatever...and I'll shut up.