OMG!!! Those cruel people! How could they be so convined they weren't hurting the horses!
I don't see the point of making them do those gaits anyway! They look so awkward and weird (as well as painful)!
I agree. I LIKE TWH, but when they're flat-shod, and not made to do that God-awful gait. It's disgusting, and NOT natural at all - since when do horses trot around their paddocks flinging their feet up to their noses? I have never seen it.
Those poor horses must never get turn-out either.
I think what disturbs me most is that if a horse mis-steps, those 4" lifts can rip a hoof off. Why would you build a horse up like that? Who in their mind came up with that? Who thought "oh well that would be a good idea!"
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This absolutely shocked me !
I just don´t understand how someone can do that to an animal ! The horses were so obviously in pain !
I consider myself as part of the "gaited world" but for once I am glad the Iceland is so isolated and that these methods did not reach to us. The "worst" thing in shows here are 8 oz "hoof guards" we call them, I think they are just called boots !
And the threats to persons... this is just awful !
But note; I do not hate this breed, and I do not think that every rider uses these methods ! I´ve learned to not jump to such conclusion's the hard way