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post #31 of 35 Old 06-06-2009, 07:18 PM
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Is using chains similar to ow they are used for saddlebreds?

My grandparents always laugh at people who think saddle breds need chains and heavy shoes to pick their feet. all you have to do to see that isn't true is look out their window. They have a SB mare (bred by them) who has never worn anything but a halter, and she picks her knees up pratically to her chin!
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post #32 of 35 Old 09-12-2009, 06:25 PM
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the TWH industry has done a tremendous job of cleaning things up.
yeah, it took the USDA's involvment but it is happening........which leads me to this question......why is the USDA singling out only the "performance" end of the breed when there are people out there that "claim" to train a sound horse......swear to it actually.....and somehow end up getting suspended from their own "sound horse" group?
and why are the USDA not going after the trainers/owners/riders of ALL!!!! the other breeds that abuse their horses for the sake of a trophy, ribbon or money in the ring or on the course.
anyone who has been in the horse biz a little while knows what i am talking about and could probably list the known abuses by the breed.

now that the USDA has done its job with the walkers, its time to work on some of the other breeds..........
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There has to be a DQP present at most all gaited horse shows to check for man made soring before any horse enters the ring. They have a new rule this year that all horses must be inspected without saddles on because some of the TWH people put burrs under the saddle blankets. The USDA also has some new equipment that can detect foreign substances on a horses leg, so things are getting better, it is just going to take time. Also a few years back the USDA showed up at the Big TWH Celebration and disqualified most of the horses going into the Championship classes for soring, it was quite a mess and things got ugly....
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post #34 of 35 Old 10-08-2009, 02:23 AM
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I'm smiling :) This makes me happy. I realize this is an old post, but it's a current controversy so I have to pitch in my two cents. For an outstanding, albeit graphic, website on TWHs and soring, go to Nathaniel and Jennie Jackson's website and follow the links to their Celebration story. They are wonderful people, and it's a fantastic story, but be prepared to spend hours watching CNN news clips and videos of the show, and lots of testimony. Oh yeah, and have lots of tissues nearby. I learned more there than I have from all other sources combined.

Unfortunately, the issue is far from over. Soring will continue with the TWH breed as long as there's big revenue in it. Too many of the DQPs at the shows are "Big Lick" supporters and look the other way, and if a USDA inspector shows up and fines anyone, they're only prevented from entering that particular class. They just bring the sored horse back and show in a later class.

It's nice to read about other thoughtful and caring horse owners- your horses are very blessed to have you. I have a wonderful Tennessee Walking Horse gelding that I simply adore. He has a nice little gait, very comfy to ride on trails, and he's barefoot. If you're interested, hop over to "Are Saddlebreds Sored?" on this forum. Interesting discussion, but I had to get outta there.

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post #35 of 35 Old 12-18-2009, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by chika1235 View Post
my horse has the same gait even when the chains are off.
LMAO! THEN WHY DO YOU USE THEM??? Good one, really makes a load of sense.

Using chains on a horse may not be physical abuse, but it is mental, how would you feel if you had something banging around your leg and no matter how hard you tried to get it off(ya know that pretty gait as you call it), it was stuck to you? Don't you think for a prey animal that could be a bit stressful?

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