Originally Posted by Mckellar
Looking at the history many many many of the trainers and award winning barns have all had charges. I had the webpage up with dates and facts.. I will try to find it again.
I just know nothing about the breed, showing at that level (not sure if that is considered a high level even :S ). I would like to learn more about the breed as a whole, showing them and why this happens. I know that many gp showjumpers have trick I have seen first hand... trip wires, people on each side of the jump lifting it to hit the horses legs... puting a couple inches of steel on the top of the pole for the horse to hit....
Is the big lick class the only one this would be used in? Geeze... I know so little. If anyone could help me understand..Unless doing this is just incomprehensible ;)
Soring happens because the natural talent of a walking horse does not win in the show ring. They have to throw higher and farther to be noticed, and that's what soring accomplishes. It takes the true beauty of the animal and mutilates it, contorts it into something grotesque. But, I'm not on a soapbox or anything.
I have not heard of chemical soring in any other discipline, and yes, to me, it is incomprehensible.