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post #1 of 18 Old 03-29-2013, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Tail blocking?

I am fairly new to reining-have only been doing it about 3 years, so there is LOTS I am still learning. A friend of mine recently upgraded horses. She bought one who has had its tail blocked. She, her trainer, etc are all fine with this....she just says the horse will have to wear fly sheets in the summer. Personally, I totally disagree with this, and would NEVER have bought this horse. I am hearing that it is actually illegal in the AQHA shows? Is that true? What about NRHA? SHe specifically bought this horse to do some of the bigger shows.

Thanks so much-I am curious about it-I have no idea what procedure was done-I have yet to even meet the horse, since it has to stay in a heated barn. Talk about hot house flower.......

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my friend has a paint with a cut tail. She is a great WP horse. She didnt cut the horses tail, but bought it that way. She completely disagrees with tail cutting, but it was too good of a horse to pass up.

Its actually very sad because the horse pees all over her legs and tail =[ she wears a fly sheet and boots in the summer. The horse lives outside and does ok though. And she's lucky she's has a better home !

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I find it absolutely disgusting that anyone would do this to a horse. In the Saddlebred world, tails are nicked but they at least will still have full use of the tail. They can still swat flies away. Taking away a horses natural defense against a common pest is so cruel. Poor things.
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ITS ALL ABOUT WINNING AT ANY COST, no matter what genre it is done in. Keep the tail dead and it will not twist while riding or being spurred, will not be carried wrong depeding on the breed, etc.
They do it in dog shows also. If a dog has a "gay" tail and carries it to high according to the standard of the breed, which usually means the tail is carried above the topline and curled over the top, they deaden the tail and the dog carries it against the hocks when moving. So, a dog is not winning because of carrying his tail to high, so they deaden the tail and alas, the dog starts winning and winning. I have known it to be done at dog shows by "experts" who cut the top muscle that pulls the tail up. Course this is done without anesthetic by some..........
Horses tails are cut the same way or injected with alchohol... Does the same thing. Course lots of times, besides deadening the tail, it also affects the anal spincter muscle and the animal has no control of bowel movements, it just falls out whenever and the mess under the animals tail is also a giveaway to the animal not being able to move its tail up to defecate.
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It is illegal in AQHA shows. I knew a guy that had some surgery on a horse of his that had it's tail blocked and then had calcium build-up. I can't remember if it reversed anything or not.

I'd buy a horse that had that done I geuss if I really liked it, but I'd never do it to a horse, and I'd also be very concerned about the poor things ability to protect itself from flies.

I actually considered a paint mare that had it done once, I really liked the mare but she had huge calcium deposit that needed to be fixed and her tail actually was stuck up and too the side like one of those fluffy dogs, maybe an Akita? But she was a nice safe mare that was really neat. In the end I opted against it becase I wanted to show and didn't know if that would be a disqualifier since it is illegal AQHA and I didn't know for sure w/ paint rules.

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Yes, Illegal with AQHA....not illegal NRHA.....I call them limp fish tails.....I'd sooner spend the $$$ on the weighted fake tail.........
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Well, guess my friend won't be taking her new guy to Congress, now will she?

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I actually thought the tail blocking injections they give them wear off? No? Hmmm going to to have to ask about that!
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I have the impression that whatever was done to hers is permanent. We will see, but she is talking total fly sheets all summer and she bought him in February.....

I personally love her Shining Spark mare, but.......I think she will be standing around this summer. A shame for sure for a 5 yr old.

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Hmmm I wonder if it was a surgical thing? I know some trainers get an 'over exuberant' tail blocked before a show because of the big distraction and over active tail can be.....my guy has one of those tails, not cranky, just busy, but I always thought it wore off.......going to google
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