AAEP and AVMA Take a Position on Action Devices
That's wonderful in theory. Let's see if they actual put the ban into effect. That would pretty much render the entire Big Lick industry useless. I can't imagine the trainers/handlers/riders (if you can call them that) are going to go quietly on this one.
I saw the article about this posted on Facebook, and I'm glad to see both organizations have taken an "official" position on it. Not just the soring, but the entire "package."
It's always bothered me that the farms/trainers involved in Big Lick have veterinarians who probably see all kinds of red flags but choose to keep the farm as their client because of the money. Maybe some of them truly believe that there is nothing wrong with the Big Lick. . .who knows.
But at least the AAEP and AVMA have taken a stand on the issue.
I sincerely hope they back up their stand on the issue.
I hope they not only stick to their guns on this for the TWH but I also hope they look into the packages that are being put on other breeds to "assist them in their trotting action", like the Arabians, Saddlebreds, NSH, etc.
Sounds reasonable..let's see if they can all agree though I tend to doubt they will. The BL trainers wouldn't know what to do if they couldn't sore or be forced to discontinue stacks, etc.
Luckily the trotting horses are under the governance of the USEF and physically cannot be sored to produce the high stepping motion. It is not pain that causes a light chain to make the horse pick their feet up higher. They most definitely cause pain when used in conjunction with chemicals, but alone they do not. When put on a trotting horse, the horse will want to step out of them, which is where you will get the up and out step. It is like walking them through high thick grass. They will respond to them from a standstill and at a walk. And sometimes, they will not respond to them at all. Also, if a trotting horse does not have the ability or the desire, no amount of anything will make them pick their feet up.
Mega stacks, pressure shoeing, the resulting disgusting movement hyper extending the knee and destroying the hocks, harsh harmful chemicals, and *ahem* "teaching" the horse not to flinch is horrible and I agree with everyone else. I support the Big Lick BS to go up in flames.
It is a testament to the nature of these horses that they will tolerate such abuse. An ASB would lose his mind and become a nightmare if they were in constant pain. I have seen it happen with injuries and illnesses to Asbs of many different lines Knowing only a few Arabians, they don't seem the type that would put up with it either. Sure we could just beat it out them, but then we lose that fire that show horse must have.
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