Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: in a mystical, magical place called Pennsylvania, USA
Obviously against it. It's just indescribable, the pain the horses go through just to win moola for their insanely stupid people (I use that term loosely).
Also, what I think is also stupid is that, even though there are not lots of rules and laws, ect. about it, and there are even inspectors, no amount of laws and rules and inspections are going to change the way people train their horses at home, when no one is watching. What they need to do is get the judges to change what they are judging for. They need to start choosing horses without such sickeningly distorted gaits, and start awarding ribbons to the horses with the most natural gait. Eventually, people will get the idea and start training their horses for a more natural gait. Just like rolkur in dressage, it was the height of fashion for a while, now it's deeply scorned upon and you now see dressage horses with nice, natural headsets (or at least, they're able to breath!).