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        02-12-2008, 05:39 PM
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    Nah, its just weights. It's how they show. Have you ever put splint boots or bell boots on your horse and when they walk they pick their legs up higher? It's all the same concept.
         
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        02-12-2008, 05:43 PM
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    Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
    Nah, its just weights. It's how they show. Have you ever put splint boots or bell boots on your horse and when they walk they pick their legs up higher? It's all the same concept.
    That's not quite true...they aren't just weights, they are platforms. The horse is actually standing on them. Watching those horses' back ends in that video was really making me wince.
         
        02-12-2008, 05:44 PM
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    Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
    Nah, its just weights. It's how they show. Have you ever put splint boots or bell boots on your horse and when they walk they pick their legs up higher? It's all the same concept.
    That's not quite true...they aren't just weights, they are platforms. The horse is actually standing on them.

    I didn't know that. I don't show or care enough to find out about TWH so.
         
        02-12-2008, 05:54 PM
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    The first time I put anything on her leg, she did lift them up, but only because she wasn't used to it. She stopped doing it after a few minutes. Now I can put anything on her leg and she's fine. I don't think splint boots are supposed to weigh them down tho.

    I used to put little booties on my dog's feet in the winter time (he hated something cold on his toes) and he did the same thing, but I just think its because it was something new and he wasn't used to I.
         
        02-12-2008, 05:56 PM
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    Originally Posted by appylover31803
    The first time I put anything on her leg, she did lift them up, but only because she wasn't used to it. She stopped doing it after a few minutes. Now I can put anything on her leg and she's fine. I don't think splint boots are supposed to weigh them down tho.

    I used to put little booties on my dog's feet in the winter time (he hated something cold on his toes) and he did the same thing, but I just think its because it was something new and he wasn't used to I.
    I'm just using that as a comparison.
         
        02-12-2008, 05:57 PM
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    Trained
    Ok
         
        02-12-2008, 09:16 PM
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    Its a good analogy, I just wanted to add to it. Not only does the weight cause them to lift their feet higher, but the platforms make them more "uphill", exaggerating the gait even more.
         
        02-12-2008, 09:26 PM
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    Hm...well, I've been researching this all night and haven't found much. If its a large problem in walkers, its not a popularized one.
         
        02-12-2008, 09:38 PM
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    Its a good analogy, I just wanted to add to it. Not only does the weight cause them to lift their feet higher, but the platforms make them more "uphill", exaggerating the gait even more.
    That's interesting. I did notice that their front end was higher than their back end, but I just couldn't figure out why.
         
        02-12-2008, 09:53 PM
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    Hm weird. It just seems so odd to me that people would put "platform shoes" on just to make the horse move better.. which in my opinion is just plain weird!!! I rode a walker once, but he was part-bred, so he had the nice smooth gaits, but not the exaggerated movement and it was wonderful! I just can't imagine the exaggerated walk, trot and canter being nice! Maybe it's just me..
         

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