Originally Posted by Corporal
Toosexy, you should search for articles about TWH which show abuse, that have been posted here over the last several years. You'll want to cry when you witness the pain the suffering inflicted bc the "trainers" (more like inquisitioners) want to win$ in the show ring and get paid to inflict more pain on more TWH's.
IDK if you ride gaited but TWH's have a very comfortable natural running walk and smooth canter that they are born with. There is no need to use special shoes or equipment to enjoy the "Plantation Walker" gaits. The special shoes and equipement are ALL for the show ring and the bad practices have been ignored by authorities for WAY too long.
I say, "Hang 'Em High!!"
We currently own three walkers and all the other are non-gaited. I have only been into walkers for the last three years but as a kid my babysitters were breeders and showers and they had one world champion stud and another stud that was the full brother to a world champion. There are several heavy breeders and showers in my are along with a TON of trail and endurance riders.
We have two ex-show TWH. My husbands which has a fairly nice gait, he isnt very fast in his gait and then one mare who has some conformation issues but has a running walk to die for. The other mare I started from a 2 yo and she can flat out fly. She running walks, paces, and racks.
From what I have experienced with the trainers in my area I wouldnt consider them abusive but I also live in a VERY small town. I am not exposed to bigger breeders and showers. I will look up and research more into the abuse side of it because I have never seen it in an abusive aspect.
I do however remember being 5-6yo having to walk around and pick up rocks/sticks etc so that when my babysitters husband rode one of the studs padded up he wouldnt get hurt. I also remember some contraption on his tail to make his tail stand up. They said they "broke" his tail in order to have it stand up 24/7. They always had gauze around it and it in some sort of brace. IDK Im trying to recall things from being young.