No, here, let me make this easy for you. I copied and pasted. This is actually a neutral article, more on the "pro" rather than "con" side. You can google more onfo if you desire.
Natural or Not?
Words that make Paso owners in the U.S. cringe…..“What happened to that horses’ tail?”, “Why do they hold their tails so funny?”, “Is that natural?”. No matter what your opinion of tail alteration is, it is never comfortable explaining it to a Paso newcomer. Is it natural? Sometimes. Many Paso Finos exhibit the desired natural J look from birth, while others do not. In the past few decades, surgical tail alteration has been accepted as part of the breed culture in many Latin American countries. Some of which are the same countries that our beloved Paso Finos originate from. To many Latins and Americans alike, the enhancement of the tail is a thing of beauty and adds grace, elegance, and a polished appearance to the horse. It can be compared to certain dog breeds that cut and brace the ears or doc the tails to enhance the appearance of the dog. It is up to the owner how they would like their animal to look. On the other hand, those who are not accustomed to seeing the tails held in this fashion may not see them as beautiful right away. It seems strange at first. Then when they find out that sometimes it is done by a surgical procedure, it is more of a turn off. Furthermore, seeing a tail job that did not come out as planned is even more reason not to take the chance. These are just some of the points that can be found on either side of the issue.
There are many differing points of view on this topic coming from varying backgrounds, cultures, and ages. Stephanie LaRicci, an American teen from Miami, age 17, has been in the Paso Fino breed for 12 years. ”A Paso Fino looks absolute and polished when it has its tail done. It highlights the impulsive and vibrating rear end muscles of a Paso. It definitely makes them look classy and elegant in the show ring. AND I believe it should be legalized in the PFHA as long as the procedure is carried out by a trained individual. It is a characteristic and tradition in the breed, just like cutting a dog's ears or tail. This can be a stress free procedure if done correctly. The PFHA can even make sure the tail was done legally, by mandating some type of certification program for people who want to be qualified in the skill of tail cutting. If a horse shows with an "illegal" or uncertified tail modification, then it will be disqualified and subjected to harsher penalties.”
Carlos Jorge Ospina owns the farm El Carrusel located in Cali, Columbia. This thirty year old has been in the breed since he was four years old. “I am against tail alterations, but I recognize that some horses need it once or twice. It should not be a practice used regularly. There is no reason for horses to suffer because of commercial ambition. Sometimes it is necessary to perform the operation more than once in cases that the results are not satisfactory. I’ve seen several cases where 2 or even 3 operations are necessary. The goal here is to improve the tail position that is not ideal. The other subject is to injure the horses tail so that they keep it still during a competition or while it is shown to a buyer. This is performed many times and I consider it a brutal torture. This is not humane. If the tail movements known in Colombia as "colazos" are penalized and even prohibited, people will continue with these tortures. My position is to allow for the tails to be tied in competitino as it is done in Perú, Ecuador, etc. If this is allowed, people will not "injure" the horses tail in order to show it in a competition or while it is being sold. It is very nice to see a good horse with its tail completely straight and still during a show, but this often demands these type of procedures. If tails are allowed to be tied, horses will not suffer any more, this is my opinion, and a goal that I have.”
Candice Burger, age 46, has been involved with Paso Finos since 1972, the first four years in Puerto Rico where she first learned about the breed. She now resides in Florida. “I’ve owned nothing but Paso Finos ranging from pure Puerto Rican to pure Colombian. I’ve been a student of the breed most of my life. Currently my focus is strictly on breeding with some future promise to compete in Paso shows and other activities. I’ve witnessed three different methods of cutting a tail of which two are practiced in the Paso Fino breed. Like any procedure, there are risks of a badly done job; however, a skilled lay person in a sanitary environment can perform the procedure well with little discomfort for the horse. I consider the procedure strictly cosmetic that does not affect the ultimate performance of the horse. Tail alteration in the United States has a longer history with American breeds and so acceptance by my country is not a problem.
Do I practice tail alterations? I absolutely will not alter a tail. Owning Paso Fino horses has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. My choice is not based on whether tail alteration is right or wrong. I think everyone is entitled to follow their own course in the matter. I don’t alter tails because when I see a foal born, it is exactly the way nature designed it at that moment. I love J-tails and covet horses who display it naturally. There is not a finer vision than a finished Paso Fino well-rounded and collected with a flowing tail. However, how a horse balances himself and how that transmits into tail carriage is by nature’s design, not mine. It matters not whether I like the way a horse carries his tail naturally.
Would I vote for or against a tail altering rule? Depends; currently the PFHA rule intention is to prevent tail alteration. However, in my opinion the rule is weak, poorly structured and has no teeth. I’d rather not have the rule at all. The rule against tail alteration is highly emotional and deserves careful consideration. Instead, the PFHA process is arbitrary and capitulates depending on a voting mechanism that does not allow for thoroughness. Some parts of the rule are adopted while other parts are not or language is partially omitted. I’ve never voted for or against tail alteration because of the weak rule language. I’d only vote on the tail altering issue under these conditions:
A full, encompassing discovery of tail alteration is performed from various countries that practice tail alteration. All findings of this discovery are transparent and discussed in an open forum. The discussion includes the membership of PFHA. The mechanism should be through a national effort to present the facts of the discovery not only through regional representatives and the publications, but through a concerted effort by the Educational Committee to all membership by any means necessary. The rules proposed provide very specific guidance of what practice is prohibited (or accepted), how it will be detected, who will perform the detection, how the rule will be enforced, and how it will be implemented. The proposed rule is given time for general review by all PFHA members with their inputs and a process for change and review. The proposed rule is then voted on as “all or none” with the understanding this will become a permanent fixture in the PFHA mission for the breed. PFHA either adopts tail altering as part of the breed or it doesn’t with no opening for future deterioration of the rule language.”
Mary Holcombe is a newcomer to Paso Finos. Since being introduced to the breed just last year, she has spent many hours riding many different Pasos and is dedicated to learning about them before she makes a purchase. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, an area where there are not many Paso Fino shows. The breed and it’s history are not as well known in these parts and she struggles to understand the reasoning behind the tail alteration. “From what I have seen, the tail looks more natural if not altered. I really don't see the point in trying to curl the tail. It does not seem to affect the horses performance. All it does is make me think that there is some kind of deformation in the tail. As for the rules of the PFHA, if the tail looks as if it has been altered, action should take place. If there is proof the tail has been altered in horses whose tail do not appear to be altered, then action should take place."
James Del Romero, a native Colombian who also has lived most of his adult life in the states feels passionately about the subject. “The current PFHA rule prevents surgical alterations to the Paso Fino horse , however in keeping with the tradition I believe that this change to the Paso Fino is not a damaging one. The creation of the "J tail" actually enhances the total picture of the Paso Fino horse and thus should be permitted as long as a qualified vet performs the procedure”