12-08-2009, 10:03 PM
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check the study that auburn university did on the padded horse over the course of 8 years. They concluded that pads do not adversely affect the horses joints, legs, muscles, ect.
You are wrong, I did check the study here is what I found
Auburn Study – page 17 of “Thermography in Diagnosis of Inflammatory Processes In Horses In Response to various Chemical and Physical factors” – Summary of research from 9/78 to 12/82
“Thermography study suggests that shoeing of the forefeet in pads and wedges from a barefoot status causes a 1-2 degree rise in temperature in the superficial and deep flexor tendon areas. Similarly, inflammation in this area was observed on thermography when the angle of the hoof was raised or lowered. When the heels were lowered on 5/11 and observed until 6/1 there was a gradual decrease of inflammation in the flexor tendon area.”
APHIS Report (remember that mechanical devices can cause soring, too.)
Table 4—Incidence of pathological abnormalities indicative of soring, by type of horse, at events attended by APHIS in 2000
Random Winning All horses
Flat-shod Padded Flat-shod Padded Flat-shod Padded Overall
examined 538 272 1,391 976 1,929 1,248 3,260
- Percent w/
- abnormalities 18 82 17 79 17 79 42
I don't know about you but to me 79% padded compared to 17% flat, yeah that is quite obvious a big difference... I think soring is sick. Though I love the trainer in the videos posted who was all like "they are padding to have fun and show, that isn't abuse" hehe, perfect poster child for IQ of a goat person thinking soring is ok because it has been done forever and there is too much money switching hands to stop it. I love that they also say "my inspectors report 99% clean horses" It kind of makes it obvious that they are passing sore horses, but they only report 1 percent... nice work you are doing your jobs perfectly. I salute anyone who can sit there and say that soring and padding and using chains does not hurt a horse. It takes a great deal of mind power to pull off that kind of self delusion! Go you! Even the so called "kind" padding throws off the horses entire skelatal structure and how they move. Knowingly doing this, to me, is abuse. I love to see the big grapefruit joints of the "kind" padded horses and hear the owners say they are perfectly fine, it is such a trip. I don't think a person who will do this to an animal just for the ribbons and showing should be allowed to even own a goat.
I think that big lick showing looks disgusting. Even the non sored horses are so sickle hocked form stretching their hind tendons so they can literally walk only on their hind ends. They constantly look like they are going to have to sit on their haunches just to keep from falling.
And those ridiculous bits with foot ling shanks they use, no wonder the horses constantly have the "wild eyed" look, I gaurntee if they could talk they'd just beg to be shot to stop the pain.
Look how paddle footed they are, how badly those legs swing out, how the joints flex unnaturally to support those heavy pads. This is sick. And in my opinion I think the whole TWH industry should be shut down, to fix the problem. Boo hoo to those who don/t sore, its for the greater good. I think this ranks right up there with the mexican horse tripping in my abuse book. And even the origins of the TWH riding should tell you something about the lack of care by the big wigs that show. These are people who come from lines of ignorant backwater Tennesee slave owners and plantation owners, not exactly our best examples of good citizenship...
Not every one hwo does it, mind you, but most I have seen... *steps off soap box...for now*