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    06-22-2009, 03:12 PM
  #11
Weanling
I havent hueard of it but there agian isnt shocking cause people will goo to far for ribbons or money poor horse
     
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    06-22-2009, 07:14 PM
  #12
Yearling
If you have ever seen a puppy with it's ears cropped it is not a happy thing. Itch, bleed, trouble healing you name it.
     
    06-22-2009, 07:32 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Juniper    
If you have ever seen a puppy with it's ears cropped it is not a happy thing. Itch, bleed, trouble healing you name it.
yep, i've seen it and its so uneccessary. I think floppy ears on a puppy are so much cuter. And half the time, the ears don't grow back right and the puppy has issues for the rest of its life and scarring
     
    06-22-2009, 08:44 PM
  #14
Foal
That's aweful. I know for some show classes when a horse swishes its tail, like when they change leads, etc. they can get marked down. I know there are some people that use a shot in the horses tail right before the show to numb the tail so they didn't swish it, I was reading about it in some article, it will get you disqualified if the judges ever found out.
     
    06-23-2009, 03:08 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Was his tail broken or BLOCKED? Blocking is when someone injects something into the horse's dock that makes it hang 'quietly' (aka unable to swish, lift, etc). I hear of it a lot in the Western/English Pleasure or reining world. -where you get counted off for a swishing tail. It's illegal and supposedly you get penalized pretty heavily. However, I've seen several horses with this procedure done. Supposedly it's only a temporary procedure but one of the horses at our barn who was a reiner in her past life has had a lifeless tail for the 3 years she's been with us. Poor thing can't swish at flies and can barely life her tail to go to the bathroom. I think I read somewhere that they can also get pretty nasty infections when they get it done. Either way, it's sad and it's a poor 'quick fix'.
     
    06-23-2009, 07:42 PM
  #16
Foal
I look at it this way the tail is an extension of the spine those tail bones are part of the spine it shows clearly on an x-ray so the tail is not just some part that is bones it is conected to the very core of the creature and you go messing with the spine and how knows what can happen
     
    06-25-2009, 05:30 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    

Awwww! Poor puppy, he looks so sad!
     
    06-25-2009, 11:32 AM
  #18
Started
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
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?

It's really not at all the same in my opinion. Breaking a horses tail prevents it from using it's tail for things like a fly swatter. This negatively impacts the horses life. Cropping ears doesn't effect dogs lifestyle
     
    06-25-2009, 11:56 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by 1dog3cats17rodents    
It's really not at all the same in my opinion. Breaking a horses tail prevents it from using it's tail for things like a fly swatter. This negatively impacts the horses life. Cropping ears doesn't effect dogs lifestyle
I think the point is that dogs are being "re-sculpted" just as horses, it's the same thing. At least I think so. It's like cropping a human ear, but would you be okay with it?

That is horrible though, everyone should be left how it was, unless it needs medical attention or is putting an animal (which we are animals) through pain or making it uncomfortable. Natural.
     
    06-25-2009, 12:03 PM
  #20
Weanling
From what I've seen, it happens a lot in the Hunter world as well. I groom for a bunch of people at big shows and I was stunned when a bunch of them told me they had deadened the nerves in their horse's tails. More than a few of them couldn't lift their tails to poop. I felt so bad, I was washing tails like three times a day because they looked so miserable. The amount of fly spray I had to douse on them as well was insane.

What's worse, when they sell the horse, they sometimes pay the vet off to tell the new owners it was something that happened at birth.
     

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