Anonymous asked: Pads and chains don't cause pain.
Why do people put chains around the ankles of horses who kick their stalls? So the chains slap them, it hurts, and they stop. The chains I’ve seen used on TWH are even heavier than the ones used to stop stall-kickers. A chain slapping at your ankles would be painful.
Here is an x-ray of a padded TWH
Here is an x-ray of a completely different padded TWH.
Here is an outside view of a padded TWH.
Here is another image of a padded TWH.
Last image of a padded and chained TWH.
For one, the hoof angle is completely unnatural. It’s like wearing high heels every second of every day of your life. The insanely long toes make standing uncomfortable just by themselves. Second, I would think you have to be in complete denial to look at those photos and think no pain is being caused. The reason the horses tuck under so far is to get their weight off their front end. Why? Because it hurts. I have yet to have anyone show me proof that pads and chains do not cause pain. The sentence “pads and chains do not cause pain” does nothing to change my mind.
I can’t stand for the small group of padded horses that may not be in pain when the majority look like the above. I did not have to do any digging to find those photos, and I did not look for the worst ones possible. I chose the first couple I found with clear visuals.
i fucking LOATHE the TWH world for this reason. there is NO FUCKING REASON other than a pretty walk for this to happen. is completely fucking DESTROYING your horse worth it? jesus christ.
It’s not worth loathing the entire breed based on a very small group. Natural shod TWH are wonderful horses. I wouldn’t hesitate to own one. This particular practice and section of the show industry is heinous and grotesque. I do not understand at all how anyone can say that stacking a horse causes zero pain or discomfort. If you watch the riders in Celebration, many of them are hunched over. The gait isn’t even comfortable for the rider. Not comfortable for the horse, not comfortable for the rider, hideous to everyone who doesn’t practice it themselves. I don’t understand how the gait is desirable. It’s not just the gait itself that’s hideous. The walk is strained, and at a canter, the horses’ knees hit their chins.
The tuck under that you see TWH who are stacked, chained, and/or sored is not natural. TWH have a natural overreach, as most gaited horses do. You can not, however, get the magnitude of overreach you see at Celebration without some sort of manipulation. No horse does it naturally. It permanently damages the rear end muscles. The stacks permanently damage the hooves. Long term strain on the shoulder muscles from having to fling their legs up is also an issue. I have never seen a stacked TWH, sored or not, move like it is comfortable. Ever.
there needs to be more awareness of this