Then you and I are in agreement. What I objected to in your first response to me is you somehow making me a supporter of pads and chains. I was merely speculating that TWHBEA continued support of pads and chains has tarnished its reputation and there is no way that they can now convince the equine community at large that they are acceptable. I felt that your emotional reaction to the topic clouded your ability to see the point I was trying to make.And to gaitedguy. No my emotions are not clouding anything. I simply cannot fathom how any person could justify padding a horse, causing unnecessary physical strain and damage in the name of vanity.
Also folks, please do not equate putting a chain around your ankle or wrist to a show horse wearing one around its pastern. The anatomy is totally different. The pastern is the same bone as your finger bone and the front of it has the same amount of padding between the skin and bone as the top of your finger bone, which is essentially none. Try lightly tapping the top of your finger with a plain number 2 pencil and see how long it takes for it start huring. Not a perfect equivalent I know but the best I can think of.