No, I'm right there with you, though I'd really say that any kind of riding or confinement is now how nature intended horses to live. Where you draw the line is an individual decison. For me, it's any kind of thing that interferes with the life of a horse outside the time it's being ridden. Horses MUST have turnout, socialization, and freedom to move unrestricted. Altering their gate with special pads, shoes, and leave-on devices invariably leads to soundness issues. Performing surgery on a horse for aesthetics leaves it cooped up and in-pain, at least for a while, but the nerve-deadening of Western horse tails is even worse, as it eliminates a horse's ability to convey emotion and swat off insects. Those tail-set harnesses that TWH's wear are awful, though the people who use them will defend them as perfectly humane 'til their dying breath. Tying a horse's head up for hours is reprehensible. Etc.