Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
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.
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Funny story on that note. I too showed/trained Saddlebred horses. I have used developers "stretchers" on my horses as well. It is not unlike the physical therapy bands we use at the hospital to strengthen arms and legs on stroke patients or other physically impaired person. All it is doing is making the muscle work against a bit or resistance. Now, that said, I had a friend many years ago that had a Paint Stallion. One day, she asked why I used the developers and I told her, I was building his chest and leg muscles. A few days later, I stop out at the barn and see her Paint stallion being ridden with developers on. I almost peed in my pants I was laughing so loud. She announced that she didn't get how we could ride like that as it was very bouncy and uncomfortable. Ha ha
It was the one and only time that horse wore the developers. He was no worse for the wear but it was very funny seeing that. I told her she couldn't have it both ways, if he was to have his head down, then she couldn't ask his knees up as they would collide in the middle. Ha ha