Grest post HighstepperLove! I agree, things like stretchers are no different then draw reins or side reins being used correctly to develop rounder back muscles. The problem is, time and time again we have both vets AND farriers quite firmly stating that stacks are still mechancal soring because of the horrific and unnatural strain put on the joints due to being forced to walk so unnaturally. Heck I don't even have an issue with slightly weighted shoes as long as you aren't putting unneccesary and unnatural strain on the joints!
The biggest issue with big lick I see is that unlike almost EVERY discipline in existance, it's impossible to show without soring up the horse one way or another. Even an honest and gentle trainer needs big huge unnatural stacks. And I really am not naive enough to believe honest and gentle trainers exist in big lick. The honest and gentle trainers stick to the natural classes because they KNOW the damage being done.
Saddlebreds, Arabians, Morgans were all DESIGNED to step high. Making a TWH step high is as unnatural and disgraceful as making a QH do it. Posted via Mobile Device