Originally Posted by gigem88
To TWHGirl... I am curious as to why you in padded shoes? Is it more money or is it the look you like? I'm not trying to bash padded shoes, I'm just trying to understand the motivation to show like that as it seems very taxing on the horse.
It's just a different division. Some horses do well barefoot, some do well in park shoes, some do better padded, some excel in all divisions. It's kind of like how Arabians and Saddlebreds have the different shoes. I don't do this for the money (if I tried to making a living off showing, I'd be bankrupt in a minute), just for the love of horses. However, I'll be the first to admit that the padded division has been taken over by people who think they can put 10 foot platforms on a mediocre horse who paces like a camel and get a grand champion out of it...and it works, unfortunately.
I'll be honest. I don't win a lot of ribbons. I don't really care. I'm not willing to sacrifice my dignity and the health of my horses for it and if that means that I come home empty handed, then so be it. I hope for a day when the honest people in this industry can compete on a fair, humane playing field where horses aren't expected to rip their shoulders out of the sockets to win. Until the crooked judges, board members, and trainers get thrown to the curb, it's a futile wish.