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post #1 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Ever heard of this?

My friend gets riding lessons at the only major stable around here, and she was telling me about a horse that lives there. I think it's name was Lacy or something... anyway, it's apparently a big-time show horse, stays in it's big stall all day wearing blankets and tail bags and everything, gets excersized daily, etc.
The thing that got me was that, apparently, the owners broke her tail bone so that she doesn't swish her tail in the show ring. I've never really heard of such a thing... and after I heard that, I started looking around at my shows, and I've only seen one horse in the ring that doesn't swish it's tail (not saying it had the same thing done, just observing). Is it not a common practice?
I just know it's something I don't ever plan on doing.
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post #2 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 09:54 AM
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That sounds terrible! Why would you break a horses tail just to win the blue?
Sometimes, people push things too far.

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post #3 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 10:03 AM
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i've heard of it.. people just go wayy to far sometimes...
horses should be treated like horses

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post #4 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 10:31 AM
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I don't know what discipline Lacy is used for but tail deadening is very common in the reining horse world. I have only seen a handful of NRHA horses who were able to move their tails. They usually give them a shot similar to novacaine in the nerve to the tail to deaden it. I have not ever seen them break a horse's tail to get the same effect but people will do anything they think they need to for that blue ribbon. :(
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That is so cruel, rgggg!
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post #6 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 11:09 AM
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TWH definitely get their tails broken. My old guy was a show horse in his youth and the vet pointed out to me where his tail had been broken. Very sad. Then they have to live in the stall with a two by four around the sides to keep the horse from rubbing the brace off that keeps it growing back in that bizarre straight up and then straight down look. How can anyone justify doing that to an animal for the sake of appearances is absolutely beyond me. My horse would have been so much prettier with his natural tail, it always looked odd.
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post #7 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 12:41 PM
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how awful. i'd never heard of people doing this, but honestly it doesn't surprise me. i just feel so bad for some of these show horses and what their owners put them through just for a ribbon
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post #8 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 02:23 PM
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It sounds cruel but we humans do it to dogs too. Cropped tails and ears etc.
I've never been in the show world. I know its way to easy, when big money is involved, to see an animal as an investment rather than a living thing.
If anyone is to blame, its the show industry that OKs that sort of thing, or worse turns a blind eye.
I think the numbing would be better, then its just temporary. I'm sure its more expensive though.

Not to upset anyone, but is this natural?

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post #9 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 02:30 PM
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they do that to TWH to help get the big like its terrible!!!! i ride and show a TWH and i personally like the way they flag out the tails!
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post #10 of 50 Old 06-22-2009, 02:46 PM
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The end result of a broken tail is very bad because when the horse grows old, the tail will flop off to one side and be permanently crooked. There are other less extreme methods to set a horse's tail or stop it from swishing.

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