12-29-2012, 11:43 AM
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They are not for me, I put 1000 miles on my horse this year, with nary a injury, no sore backs, no saddle rubs, no illness, yet most of the show world will say I am "wrong" with pretty much everything I do,, ah well. But as long as they arnt abusive to the horse it is all just having fun with your animals. Nothing wrong with that.
What I do find wrong is shows that encourage abuse, or are total hypocrites like the TWHBEA shows. SAY they are against soring, but then create a rule set and judging criteria that requires it to be competitive.
Also I don't like show organizations that change the breed. QH's with so much allowed "Appendix" stock you can't tell them apart from TB's. Or halter classes that look like roid head freaks. TN walkers that are so narrow you feel like your setting on a fence rail to get on one. Arabians bred to look pretty and flashy and loosing the endurance and solid hardy characteristics.
Too each his own and I ts not so much a problem with the above horses but with them using the same name, TWH now applies to two completely different horses. QH is probably 3 different horses.