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post #101 of 122 Old 12-25-2009, 05:45 PM
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Hate to sound like one of the young kids you always hear getting over emotional over this issue but I did literally start tearing up watching those poor horses move.That gray had his legs spread out so far just to keep his balance, pitiful looking guy.

Those pictures of the hooves look very painful, their coffin bone angle has to be horrendous and the white line stretching is probably excruciating.

It depresses me so much to watch this and know the system is so corrupt and convoluted that this will never end, that those horses have to go home and stand in those ridiculous pads with no hope of relieving the pain.

Speaks volumes for us "supreme" and awesome humans doesn't it.Speaks volumes on cruel, ignorant, brutish human nature. They say you can define a culture by the condition of its suffering members, and I do not see how we can consider ourselves such an "advanced" culture and still let this revolting tradition continue and continue to turn a blind eye to it or just shrug it off as a necessary evil for our own barbaric entertainment.

How can people say these horses look proud or spirited? They look like they have had the spirit ripped out of them and stomped into the ground, all in the name of vanity and profit.

And for the record I am completely unapologetic for this rant. I say this because I was just about to type "sorry for the rant", but I am not sorry. This is a sick tradition.
Wow! Really well said. I had only seen still photos of the "big lick" padded TWH, never seen one in motion. Its one of those things that seems so archaic and inhumane that it staggers my mind to know this is a modern times practice.


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post #102 of 122 Old 12-25-2009, 06:48 PM
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soring is horrible, and the people who do it are sick and disgusting if they take pride in their horses moving like that. Theres even smaller signs of pain in those horses, like the extreme head bobbing.
Anywho who practices this method of training horses should be thrown in jail, no doubt about it. I too, actually teared up when watching those vids.
I don't believe there is any humane way of wearing chains and pads. If it forces the horse to move in an unnatural way, its abusive.

I hate to think what these horses have to go through when their old after all that horrible training methods cripples them terribly :(
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post #104 of 122 Old 12-26-2009, 12:41 PM
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Like I said before, send money to the organizations that are trying to raise public awareness and end the abuse. Even $20 is helpful if everyone contributes.
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post #105 of 122 Old 12-26-2009, 04:06 PM
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theres even smaller signs of pain in those horses, like the extreme head bobbing.

Actually the head nod is a desirable trait in Walking Horses. They don't do it because they are sore, its just a breed trait. Some horses don't do it, but most do. I just bought a 2 year old flat-shod Walking Horse, and she has major head nod. She'll nod in the pasture when she comes up to you, like all my Walkers. It's just something that the breed does.

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Actually the head nod is a desirable trait in Walking Horses. They don't do it because they are sore, its just a breed trait. Some horses don't do it, but most do. I just bought a 2 year old flat-shod Walking Horse, and she has major head nod. She'll nod in the pasture when she comes up to you, like all my Walkers. It's just something that the breed does.
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post #107 of 122 Old 12-27-2009, 01:40 PM
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Like I said before, send money to the organizations that are trying to raise public awareness and end the abuse. Even $20 is helpful if everyone contributes.
This is one of those things I'm just not convinced about.

Exactly how does sending money to these organizations help to prevent or stop soring? The people who continue to practice soring methods have already convinced themselves that they are doing nothing wrong, and that the horses "enjoy" it. It's kind of like anyone who grows up in a dysfunctional family; it's perfectly normal to them.

The show horse owners, who don't know one end of a horse from the other and send their horses to Big Lick trainers, are more concerned with being in the ribbons and having something to brag about to their friends and family.

The people who flock to see the WGC classes at the Celebration, and who cheer when the Big Lick horses make their entrance, think that the "Big Lick" represents the true TWH. And they are quick to defend the Big Lick show division, insisting that they know of a horse that continued to show well into its teenage and twenty-something years and therefore the pads and chains are harmless.

Of course, most of the other people in the horse industry don't need to be convinced that soring is a terrible practice. Many horse people only have to see a Big Lick horse move to realize that something is "just not right."

But where exactly is the money donated to these "sound horse" organizations going?
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^^^I agree, instead of sending money to a humane horse organization (not that there is anything wrong with that) but it would be better to send the TWHA letters of protest to make it against the rules to use artificial means to maintain a gait. That's what most other gaited horse associations state in their rules. I think they have dealt with the soring but the pads are still acceptable

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I agree with the letters! What needs to be done is harsher fines/jail time, OUTSIDE inspectors and fines/jail time for the owners aswell!! The trainers have a lot of pressure put on them (not that that is an excuse it is NOT), and the owners put a lot of money into it and want to see RESULTS, and unfortunately with a so-so gaited horse you may only get GREAT results by using these harsh methods. Trainers will do it for the owners so they can keep the owners. If a trainer refuses to do it and then will probably lose, the owner will just bring the horse to a trainer that WILL do this.

No, that is not ALL trainers, but that is the general gist of it. So I believe if you fine/jail time the OWNERS aswell as the TRAINERS and have OUTSIDE inspectors it can be cleaned up fairly quickly. Will that ever happen? Probably not.

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post #110 of 122 Old 12-27-2009, 03:58 PM
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I agree with the letters! What needs to be done is harsher fines/jail time, OUTSIDE inspectors and fines/jail time for the owners aswell!! The trainers have a lot of pressure put on them (not that that is an excuse it is NOT), and the owners put a lot of money into it and want to see RESULTS, and unfortunately with a so-so gaited horse you may only get GREAT results by using these harsh methods. Trainers will do it for the owners so they can keep the owners. If a trainer refuses to do it and then will probably lose, the owner will just bring the horse to a trainer that WILL do this.

No, that is not ALL trainers, but that is the general gist of it. So I believe if you fine/jail time the OWNERS aswell as the TRAINERS and have OUTSIDE inspectors it can be cleaned up fairly quickly. Will that ever happen? Probably not.
Your right. And people wonder why an ex-padded horse can be pacey. They breed pacey now so they can sore more. It's disgusting.

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