Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Central Alabama
• Horses: 0
I'll freely admit that I have not read this whole thread LOL... so I have no idea what's going on, but I'll answer the original question with my perspective and a few other things I read when glancing through.
First, I was raised showing Saddlebreds. We used "stretchers" on the horses that they would pull against to train them to have a bigger motion during training times only. It did not hurt them, it was like any of us working out with weights. Same with the shoes we used... not weighted, but we used a small pad between the shoe and the hoof for shows only (they came off when we got home).
Now, I am currently riding TWHs. We have 4 at our family farm. Mine is the one in my profile photo. None of ours are currently shown, though I'm considering showing mine in some flat shod western pleasure type classes. She's lovely and loves to show off her pretty gaits.. naturally. I ride her in an indian hackamore currently and only have shoes on her to protect her feet.
I don't believe in soring. I think people should be jailed for it. It DOES hurt them.
I don't like stacked shoes b/c I hate how unnatural they look.
I have no issue with TWHBEA. I have issues with what individuals within the organization do... but all in all, it's a horse association. I was looking at having my son join on a junior membership.
Full time Mom, Army Soldier, Army Wife, and Equestrian Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Author Unknown