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post #1 of 3 Old 11-17-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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> We owned a beautiful 5 gaited saddlebred gelding that had been shown
> sucessfully on the national circuit as "Bandit's Highland Beau". We
> called Victor. Victor was incredible though he came to us foundered
> after years of abuse. As an older gentleman our daughter showed him
> at the Saddlebred Futurity in Tucson, AZ and won every junior
> class. Victor knew his stuff!
> Victor had been worked in bands and chains and had experienced other
> unthinkable abuses before we got him but he forgave and always loved
> people.
> I have been to more recent saddlebred shows and have seen abuses
> first hand. I have even seen trainers beat the horses right before
> entering the ring so the horses would be excited and sweaty.
> I now have a naturally gaited horse, a Rocky Mountain, and encourage
> others to consider owning horses that are naturally gaited.
> Why not?
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-17-2012, 01:01 PM
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You won't hear ANYBODY here argue with you. We've had many many threads on this very subject.
You know, there is the subject of boycotting restaurants in the news this week. I would like to see ALL TWH owners and Saddlebred owners boycott ALL shows where this abuse is approved and the judges give ribbons to the abusers.
Go to my horses--I own a KMH gelding and a KMHSA mare, and I have owned many TWH's and TWH-crosses over the years, too. Natural gaiting is best. It can be Dressaged and improved without chains and burning and torturing these horses. They are already big-motor horses and prefer to gait, instead of walk.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-22-2012, 03:47 AM
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The Judge is not there to judge the things that go on outside the ring. There is a lot of BAD stuff that goes on at the hands of several individuals and it is well known. The way you hurt them most is to expose them from the outside and encourage their customers to take their business elsewhere.

It is not the Judge's responsibility to make a placement call on a horse in the ring because of things that happen outside the ring or in an exhibitor's barn. That is called politics and it is a sure fire way to never be called back for a judging job, will mar your reputation as a judge and a trainer(most, if not all judges are trainers), and bad judging based on such things can even get you fired before the show is over. If it happens in the ring itself, then they have all the power to DQ a horse right there and send them out of the ring.

It is the show stewards and management's responsibility to reprimand and call out bad behavior on the outside of the ring. At rated shows, find a USEF representative and post a complaint. Happens all the time at ASB shows. We don't go through soring checks because we don't and can't sore, but at rated shows, horses are frequently drug tested and called out for USEF violations.
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