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post #21 of 50 Old 06-29-2009, 03:42 PM
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WTF??? That's horrible. That's even worse than tail blocking imo.
You want the horse's tail to lay still in shows because it shows that the horse is calm and willing to listen to the rider. Judges mark down for a horse that swishes his tail in irritation or frustration or anxiety (or any other reason other than flies). But that's just insane. The owner should be reported for that.

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Not to offend anyone, but I think thats a stupid rule and just opens a door for jerks (I would like to use much stronger language) to abuse their horses like this. Some horses are just tail swishers (even when they are happy). There are other ways to tell if a horse is anxious or irritated or anything else. Ha, they should start docking points if your horse can't swish it's tail. Test it by tickling it's legs with a feather! Ok, thats dumb but it upsets me to see this done to any animal.
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post #23 of 50 Old 07-02-2009, 10:32 PM
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sounds awful! :(
How can humans do something so cruel to horses. We don't break our noses to make them look better or to make them look less pointy...

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My trainer bought a horse that (unknown to him at the time) had an alcohol block to prevent her from moving her tail. Well, the "procedure" hadn't been done correctly and made it so that the mare couldn't poop and would colic. My trainer and his wife had to "manually" remove the waste (yep, with their hands) and put her on a special diet until it wore off enough for her to go herself. The stupid things people will do. >.<

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post #25 of 50 Old 07-05-2009, 02:46 PM
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people are ridiculous, and down right cruel, its so sad that they only want horses for the investment and not for the love of having one.

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post #26 of 50 Old 07-05-2009, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes View Post
Test it.
Some judges will go down the lineup and lightly poke the base of the tail with a ballpoint pen and disqualify those who don't react... it is rare but good on those who do test. The test of course isn't 100% but better than nothing!

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post #27 of 50 Old 07-05-2009, 06:48 PM
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Ya I know that they also break Saddlebred tails as well, just like some people put heavy chains, or a special solution on the fetlocks of saddelbreds and walkers, that abraid their skin to get them to pick their feet up higher. Personally speaking I'm not all gung ho all dogs should have their ears and tails done, but unless they do it after a few months of age, I don't think that it is that cruel if it is done right. When docking tails, its done within the first 3 days of birth, and is not a big procedure, and ears are supposed to be done within a few months of birth. I do know someone though who's dad had her dogs tail docked (the dog was at least a year old), because she would knock over his beer mug on the table by the couch. Because of the dogs age, it was a big procedure for the dog, cruel for the dog to all of a sudden be without a tail. It is generally better to have a tail though, as that is how you can tell how a dog is feeling, and its important to be able to read their body language.
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how awful. like some others have already said, some people just go way to far to win 1st place
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post #29 of 50 Old 07-06-2009, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Some judges will go down the lineup and lightly poke the base of the tail with a ballpoint pen and disqualify those who don't react... it is rare but good on those who do test. The test of course isn't 100% but better than nothing!
Well at least some of them try. Its better than nothing.
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post #30 of 50 Old 07-14-2009, 05:06 PM
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i wish all judges tested, that would make things sooo much better.
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