04-12-2011, 10:52 PM
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I think it's the combination that makes it so heart wrenching - like as if it's not bad enough you're riding a yearling, you're putting unbelievable stress and strain on her legs making her move so unnaturally.
It really makes me question if the rampant unsoundness in big lick TWH is actually due to the stacks they're forced to wear or if it's actually due to starting them SO young. I assume a pretty hefty combination of both - they have 2 year old futurities, and performing a gait so unnatural to them HAS to have serious consequences.
They have videos of older horses showing this horrible wobble they get to their back legs, it's just heart breaking.