Originally Posted by Sunny06
I think you could say this for just about any sport. There's one in every crowd. The Big Lick has nothing to do with it.
Of course, you'll find the same types of owners in many areas of the horse world. There are some real numbskull owners in the WP world who send their horse to a BNT halfway across the country and only ever see the horse at shows or for publicity photos.
If the trainer does things like bleeding or tail blocking or "hanging" the horse by tying its head up high so that it will carry it low when being ridden. . .chances are, the owners are totally oblivious to those "behind the scenes" tricks. They just know that their horse is winning.
However, since this thread is in the gaited horse subtopic, and has been about TWHs, and the problem of soring within the TWH industry, it's the owners of those Big Lick/padded show horses that I'm referring to.
The trainers may have convinced themselves that the pads and chains (and even chemicals) are all a necessary part of showing TWHs. And the money they're making from their ignorant clients just makes it easier for them to pretend it's perfectly acceptable to make a horse flail around the show ring, all the while reassuring the owners that "the horses love it!"
Seriously, after this many pages of posts within this single thread, the whole "but it happens in other breeds, too" argument means absolutely nothing.