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.