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    11-21-2012, 10:36 PM
Chains on Front Legs?

So, I go to the Devon Horse show every year (if you're familiar with it) not riding just watching. One time I was looking at the horses warming up and a lot of them had chains from front leg to front leg. I assumed it was for dressage, and it made them walk the way they do for dressage. Is this true? If so why do trainers use these and some do not? How do dressage trainers that don't use these chain things get the horse to walk, trot, canter the way a dressage horse does?
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    11-21-2012, 10:40 PM
I am not knowledgeable about Dressage Riders using them but I know the gaited world does very often to get the "Big Lick" style, which personally disgusts me. They do it to raise the front feet more and give more action, so I am assuming the same for this situation your talking about.

They probably use shoes to get this affect without using chains.
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    11-21-2012, 10:40 PM
That isn't for dressage, the only thing I can think of that uses any kind of chains, or weights on front legs is saddle seat horses, maybe that's what you saw.
    11-21-2012, 10:43 PM
I don't think it was saddle seat, because there wasn't any saddle seat classes that day. Only jumping and dressage... im not sure they even have saddle seat there. And to Black Beauty 94, not even knowing anything about the chains it made me mad because it looked so awful!
    11-21-2012, 10:47 PM
It is, if you research the gaited breeds and what they do to them to get the look is just horrible. Many things are just used for show and they do not think about what the horse is best for.
    11-21-2012, 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
It is, if you research the gaited breeds and what they do to them to get the look is just horrible. Many things are just used for show and they do not think about what the horse is best for.
One of the many reasons why I hate dressage (no offense to anyone who does it) And it doesnt even look right, it looks SOO unnatural!
    11-21-2012, 10:52 PM
I agree with you, but their are many riders of each discipline that treat their horses well. I only think one is so horrible (but I do not care to say it) ;)
    11-21-2012, 10:53 PM
Dressage doesn't even seem fun to me, I guess some people think its fun. :/
    11-21-2012, 10:57 PM
Did you say the chains were connected to eachother O.o
    11-21-2012, 10:58 PM
Originally Posted by Lexiie    
Did you say the chains were connected to eachother O.o
Umm... I'm not sure exactly, I was kinda looking from the distance, it looked like they were. They could've not been.

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