I was thinking more of the ginger or gingerol in the anus, or the cutting of muscle that the un-natural tail sets require, and such. All is soring to me, sorry for the confusion.
And it's just not the gaited horses that have problems. The western rail horses have their fair share of atrocities done to them as well. And the Arab world.
Sometimes I hate being a human being.
ETA: I'm sorry I'm sounding so bitter, I've been on the receiving end of the byproduct lately with a rescue. There really ARE good people in all of the horse activities. It's just that the bad apples are always the ones making the news and I forget there are many, many more good ones than bad.
Well, no. That is not "soring". Soring has nothing to do with tails, or bits, or saddles, or anything of the sort. Soring is such a despicable thing to do.
I completely know where you are coming from with the whole tail thing, though. While not soring, there is plenty of abuse, just like with everything. I know where you are coming from though. No worries here.
The fact is, you just can't sore a saddlebred. If we could, then I can honestly say that YES there would be those who would do it.
A Saddlebred who is lame or off or in pain in any way is very noticeable. I am pretty sure the horse in the OP would eat someone if he were subjected to it.
You will see uneven travel. A head nod when he sets his sore foot down. You will see it in his attitude and demeanor. That last is not a definite, but just a factor that can result from pain. Saddlebreds are NOT the kind and gentle TWH. LOL! There are many ways you can tell if a horse is lame. We need our horses to be bright and look happy and excited as they do their jobs. They lose that edge when in pain.