Its not ok, its abusive and disgusting anyway you slice it, or anything you call it. Saddleseat people put the same stacks on, wrap the same chains, do the same soring nonsense, but pretend they arnt for some reason.
Well, it's obvious you know nothing about Saddlebreds in the Saddlebred world from this post.
American Saddlebreds as shown and trained BY REAL Saddlebred trainers, do not wear same stacks, they do not use the same chains and they do NOT sore.
A Saddlebred MUST trot and a trotting horse will not trot square if it is being sored or lame in ANY WAY.
And the old adage of "the good ones go light" still holds true. I put WC 5 Gaited Saddlebreds in the ring with a KEG SHOE and the same foot as a QH would have.
Saddlebreds carry a longer toe and may have thin leather pads too, but they do not have the stacks associated with the Big Lick horses, and never have had.
And the Big Licks are SHOWN in the ring with log chain links on, as well as trained with them.
Saddlebred's may or may not be trained with action devices, depending on what day it is in their training regimen. And those can be the cheap plastic links that people buy for hanging flower pots on the porch, to ones of light chain with leather buckles. Those can be bought in 2oz up to 6 oz. Winner's Circle Horse Supplies, Saddlebred and Gaited Horse Specialists - Round Link Action Chains
The bracelets are also used, Winner's Circle Horse Supplies, Saddlebred and Gaited Horse Specialists - Leather Ankle Rings
3 oz each.
They are NOT shown in them, ever.
The stretchers are resistance devices. They are fleece lined bracelets that have surgical tubing, that provide resistance to strengthen legs. They break very easily, and are not tight, but made long enough for only small resistance to be applied.
5 Gaited and Fine Harness horses are shown in either trotting boots, or quarter boots as they overreach. Sometimes they are hinged, where they move slightly.
And not all Saddlebreds have had anything done to their tails, and definitely NOT done when they are foals. The tail is lifted by use of bustle, which SLOWLY is used to let muscles relax so tail can be put in set. Winner's Circle Horse Supplies, Saddlebred and Gaited Horse Specialists - Tail Set Bustle
Most of them will not have to have anything done to their tails for that matter.
Tail sets which are kept on to protect tail as well as keep it up for horses which show in those divisions, also keep the tail itself from being damaged. Some of the tails are over 25 feet long. Great care is taken when using a tail set. Layers of cotton batting are placed over the crupper, tail is carefully arranged so that no hair is underneath, feathers are smoothed, and then dock wrapped, net placed over that, and then tail bag, or sheeting is brought up, crossed and tied, and blanket pins are used to keep weight of tail from hanging, as bag is pinned to blanket.
These horses in one week, usually get day of play, day of handwalking, day of lunging, day of jogging to cart, day of jogging under saddle, day of heavy work and one day of complete rest.
And action devices will vary, may be on for trotting work under saddle, but will be removed during various gaits. And may use none. It all depends on how horse is moving that day.
When I put horse away after being worked at barn, or at shows? It took me over an hour, from rubbing down with towel, to fingerpicking mane, or using fro comb lightly, to reapplying standing bandages, WHICH had to go on the leg they came from, to making sure there was not ONE HAIR that had any sweat on it, from nose to toes...anywhere.
After their class at show...it took 2 hours or better to put one up.
These horses are much loved, and pampered every day.
I will do next post on the sad fate of Saddlebreds that fall into the hands of what is called "speed racking" people, an offshoot of the Big Lick/Racking horse people....I can't bear to do it on this one.