Soring *WARNING* extremely graphic
Thought I would share this. This topic is meant to be an educational one. I had not heard or seen this until last year when someone else brought it up.
Please keep this topic without arguments. Hoping more of you out there will hear about this and stand your grounds on the topic.
"Smart" comments, or replies not welcomed.
Please show your support against this horrible abuse.
theres no way in the world that can be right,and personally i think its a horrible looking gait, each to their own but i don,t see anything classy in it
Unfortunately, this has been going on "forever." Even the video looks very dated.
What's a crying shame, is that from what I know of Walking horses, they have good dispositions and are trail horses par excellence. I don't know why anyone would want to take a good "using horse" and ruin it with artificial stacks, pads and soring. The horse is naturally gaited. Why ruin a good thing? I guess people will always want to take a good thing (the NATURAL gait) and take it to an extreme. :-(
That is just horrible. I personally think gaited horses look better with what every other horse has. No special trimming, shoes, pads, and soring. It's supposed to be naturally gaited not force them into it.
Its the same thing with Saddlebreds. They want that REALLY high stepping movement, and very high head carriage, so they also pad the horses feet, though not near as much as Walkers, and also do chains, ect., though I've never heard of them soring a saddlebred, but I'm sure that its probably been done. And then all the equipment, and harsh bits they use to keep the horse's head jacked up. I know someone who worked at a Saddlebred and Hackney farm, and when they started training the horses, one of the first things they do, is use a bitting rig. They put a bridle on the horse, and a special surcingle, and essentially the equivalent of an overcheck rein, and tie the horse's head so that the ONLY way they can eat is if they break at the poll, and hold their head "just right", and then they leave them like that for a couple of days in the stall, and feed the horse in the feeder. They already breed for huge front leg movement, and then they try to make it even more dramatic. The horses that don't want to step high at all are still forced to move like that, instead of being "culled" out of the herd, and sold or used for something else. All these enchancements, whether they be drugs, tack, shoes, ect., to over exaggerate movement, or attitude, or muscling ect, kind of defeat the entire purpose of selective breeding. It should be enough to breed for that time of movement, and use what the horse was ALREADY born with, and just breed the more animated horses together, than to accentuate it in any way possible.
Yeah, the videos are actually quite old. This vicious and horrific form of abuse has been happening virtually since the dawn of the TWH breed. It's only in the last decade or so that huge advances have been made to make people aware and to put a stop to it. It sickens and revolts me that any human being could be so worthless that they think this is acceptable. I will never in my life understand what is so appealing about the "big lick" gaits. Yes, they pad Arabs and Saddlebreds to enhance action (which I also dislike), but the action is already THERE. They aren't creating a completely artificial gait - TWH aren't even a high stepping breed, who in their right mind decided to make them one?
There is nothing more beautiful then a naturally gaited TWH doing their thing. This abomination should be outlawed - due to the severe unnaturalness of the gait the TWH are forced to perform, it is essentially common opinion that it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce that gait without some form of cruelty inflicted upon the animal. They simply do not move that way naturally and drastic measures have to be taken to produce the gait. To say nothing of the havoc that is wrecked upon their poor joints.
Big lick showing is a blight on the equine industry. Here is an EXCELLENT blog of someone who has dedicated herself to campaigning for this poor breed and making the public aware. She keeps you up to date on any progress, as well as provides tons of information and links to better educate yourself:
For the Tennessee Walking Horse
i dont know much about it, but i LOVE the horses natural gaits, they look so floaty and stuff. when they use all that extra stuf it just looks terrible, like the horse is jsut flinging himsself aroudn to try and rid the pain.
I just watched the last video, and if i was threatened i would keep a gun with me (where it was legal) and tell those b****** exactly what i think of them..........
That looks ridiculous. All of those horses are bobbing their heads and they all looked stressed.
I cannot watch the videos..
I just can't. Show me wounds and whatnot but stuff like that.
It stopped being about horses. It's more about what a human wants them to do..
I hope there will be an end to this at some time. Even if that'd be in the year 4500.
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