Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
I've seen WP and HUS trainers do the "kick-yank" thing. With roweled spurs and a shanked bit. I know that's not the right way to do it, but I've seen plenty of people do it at shows, in front of God and everybody. The horses usually have their ears pinned and tails thrashing, too. I don't know why the judges let them get away with it.
I took HUS lessons for a short time at a huge show barn, and the horses were treated fairly, as far as I could see. I don't think they used inhumane methods, but I wasn't there long enough to really find out.
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