I am never saying that saddlebred people have clean hands totally, Im saying the training is more punnishing for walkers and abusive at shows, however breeds cannot be better than another, because each breed was bred for something, walkers for flashy smooth spin offs of the saddlebred and saddlebreds as a well working elegant riding horse for the wealthy and a status symbol for those who could buy one. Just like TBs are made for running, warmbloods for jumping, arabs for distance, and QHs for reliability and sprints. So you can't compare breed to breed only training. But no, there is NO breed that I've seen that has the trainers equal to angels and never doing a harmful or illegal thing it happens, I will be the first to say drugs are used on all gaited breeds to calm them but there are differences in walkers and saddlebred's training, besides when it comes down to it the saddlebred tends to prove it's case when you see a foal like Pistolero of Carvelle who bear stunning action like their parents. But walkers it is rare to find a foal moving like a 3 yr old.
This is the classic defense of the Sore Lick advocates: we may be bad, but we're not as bad as :break__Enter name of breed/group/activity to be disparaged__break:.
I've got gaited horses. I've shown them. I've never, as in NEVER
, had to use any illegal substances or practices or procedures for any purpose whatsoever
. So I take a deep and personal offense at your suggestions.
In the past I've owned a couple of Saddlebreds (one a rescue, one a Racking Horse). Based upon my experiences they are not my "cup of tea." Others may find them just dandy.
Of course the Saddlebred of today is not the Saddlebred that contributed to the development of the Walker more than 100 years ago. It is more a purpose-bred animal, and that narrow purpose is the show ring. When any breed gets to that "narrow purpose" level, you'll have problems. The examples are legion (like Halter QHs, racing TBs, inbred Peruvians, Big Lick Walkers, etc.).
To set a "Walker vs. Saddlebred" model is to create a false dichotomy. To allow that the Walker would not be what it is without Saddlebred influence is to tell a truth, but a very limited truth.
So maybe letting the whole idea drop might be a Good Thing.