but can i put chains to make him up a lil?just for when i ride him in shows not extensivelly i dont want pads on this horse.he doesnt seem like a horse like that .
Chains also have to be used very carefully, not only for the safety of the horse but because the dreaded DQP are ever on the watch for soring.
If the chains were to sore the horse to where there is noticeable hair loss, chain burns, or some scarring, the DQP will throw you out of a sanctioned TWH show faster than you can say "but I-----".
The DQP (designated qualified person) is generally on the side of the U.S.D.A. but not always if there's enough $$$ involved <----gosh I can't believe I said that
Once a horse gets written up, it goes on record (not sure in what manner or exactly whose record), and I believe (again, can't say for sure because I don't show) either the horse/owner/trainer are banned from a certain amount of horse shows for awhile, or it's not the horse but the owner/trainer. Fines are also imposed, so putting chains on a horse to get the action and lift is not always a free ticket to the winners circle but it could be negative press in the local newspaper or on the WHC.
15 years ago the Arab I rescued came to me with a horrendous rope burn on his fetlock area. It took me months to heal it and he carries the scar to this day. If he were a Tennessee Walker and I was showing him, that old scar would give him a 50-50 chance of NOT getting thru DQP inspection; which by the way, happens before entering and also after exiting the ring if the horse ties.
Contrary to popular belief, soring also exists in the flat shod environment. Some of the Performance horse folks crossed over to flat shod and brought their devious methods with them. Others in the flat shod environment simply always did want to win at all costs --- even if that means using the horse up by the end of that show season.
My comment still stands to keep the horse in lite shod and keep things honest. If enough people insist on showing a clean moving horse that has not been subjected to any enhancement devices, MAYBE, just maybe the Walking Horse industry will redeem itself and these wonderul people oriented horses will gain the respect they deserve in the rest of the horse world.
It isn't the Walking Horse that is nuts, it's the people who abuse their willingness to please and use that willingness to send them mentally and physically over the edge because they must win at all costs.
This kind of thing exists in every breed, but for some reason it is the Tennessee Walking Horse that seems to always hit the news and the front page. The breed seems to end up with the black eye instead of the owners and/or trainers.
Sometimes the owners aren't aware of what the trainer is doing to the horse; other times the owners will fire a trainer if that trainer refuses to use abusive means to enhance the horse's movement.
Many times over the years people have looked at me like I needed a straight jacket for owning "those nutcase Walking Horses -- they're all crazy ya know, why would you want one?" Except the language they used wasn't that kind.
Please don't think those last paragraphs were directed to you because they weren't:) That was me beginning to get on my soapbox