Originally Posted by .Delete.
But I guess this is along the same lines as weighted shoes they put on flat seat horses.
The breeds get lumped together all the time. Just like this^^^. Im tired of people who think they know, but don't. The heaviest shoe/pad combo in asb's is still lighter than the smallest stack for TWH.
Originally Posted by muumi
i disagree, with respect. Putting these stacks that are inches high, and put so much pressure on the joints of the leg, and even the integrity of the hoof itself (i've heard of hooves bursting open from the top!), is cruelty, no matter how 'nice' and 'kind' the trainer may otherwise be. Horses are crippled at young ages because of this type of shoeing alone, soring or not!
And also, we are not talking about saddlebreds, this discussion is about TWH.
Not all walking horses wear those! Its one division that wears them. I don't like them either, but its not cruel. The soring that SOME do, that's whats cruel.
Don't bash a whole breed for one
division they offer. I know of many TWH folks that absolutly hate the stacks and such. So no, its not all of them. Should they quit a breed the love just because of the stacks or soring. Id hope not. One must stand up for their belifs and leaving a breed they love because of controversy is a silly.
OP, there is cruely in EVERY breed and every dicipline. Please don't judge the TWH because of people. They are good solid horses that have got caught up in the rediculiousness of people. If the TWH wants motion like that they could have bred for it, but instead the bred for the RW and lost the motion. Now they want it back and the only way to get it is breed for it and wait or 'stack 'em high'.