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Pretty picture, too bad that I'm not a nut over Saddlebreds.. :/
i'm practically a nut with any horse breed...
The only reason why im not a fan is because i had to work with saddlebreds for a job and in which the saddlebred were absolute nutcases and the trainers were not true trainers, they abused the horses by putting acid and stuff on their feet so they would pick them up higher and things like that, it was awful and i only worked there for a month until i couldnt stand it any longer. I've also been trampled 2 times by saddlebreds, they are worse then Arabians in my opinion and arabians are hot and antsy usually. (i love them so much)
Saddlebreds are not sored nor have acid put on their feet by any real trainer. EVER. They are a trotting breed, therefore any sort of soring would keep them from performing their gaits correctly- Walking Horses are often sored using acid because they perform a "running walk" and not a trot. A Saddlebred would literally be crippled by soring and have a pronounced head bobbing motion which is the opposite of what the breed standard looks for!
The USEF sanctions all Saddlebred shows and have done random soring tests before- never finding anything. The USEF does not sanction any "big lick" TWH shows where soring is a common practice.
The Humane Society of the United States, which is they leading animal rights group that campaigns for the end of soring has NEVER mentioned Saddlebreds. Only Tennessee Walking Horses.
Well the place I worked at DID use those methods on the saddlebreds, whether they used it in a show or tried to, I don't know. I'm not into showing saddleseat as thats a whole other ball game from hunter/jumper and dressage which is where my experience is. But what I'm saying is they DID use those methods on the saddlebreds and caused soring. I do know some in this area, may it not be much but I do. I know that in new york state saddlebreds can not be shown unless they dont have shoes or has a light shoe, (not what state would even allow this bullshit --->)TWH however are pretty much have heavy as hell shoes, stacks and nails into their hooves causing much pain. I'm no expert, but I know what I saw and thus why I left the job. The humane society isnt everywhere like it should be, just because it doesnt mention saddlebreds, doesn't mean there isnt issues with it. It's not only TWH's, trust me, there are some pretty rotten people out there abusing their horses and nobody may even know and it sucks.
ok well that's fine, I don't know a lot about TWH, I find what they do a little disgusting. I'm just saying that that one barn you went to was not the norm. I could go to one hunter barn or a dressage barn and find some sort of cruelty, but I know it isn't the norm.
People abuse horses, not just Saddlebred people. I've been in the saddlebred world for over 10 years and have met some wonderful people and trainers- mostly it is full of people who look after and love their horses to pieces.
I'm not saying you're lying or anything, it's just hard to hear people generalize about your breed and discipline, because it is easily misunderstood by people who aren't around it and get it confused with the big lick TWH stuff.
It's interesting that New York has those shoe laws, they should pertain to TWH more than Saddlebreds though.
Well I dont know much about the Saddlebred world so much besides what I saw and some horses I used to work with and every breed or disipline does have some sort of cruelty. I've seen hunters being beaten with a crop for no reason because the rider thought they should have placed better. (and mind you it was an equitation class too) UGH I hate it when people rip on a horses mouth or beat them without reason, or really at all! There is a fine line between disiplining a horse and beating them. Besides that im not sure what else dressage and hunter/jumpers would do, but im sure their are people who would do stupid things. The only ones I've seen is over use of a crop and/or spur.. and yes they definitely should have more laws pertaining to the TWH. I'd like to see one of them trainers who sores a TWH, put acid on their own feet and some high heels with nails pushing painfully into the bottoms of their feet and see how they like it, then maybe they would think twice about what they are doing to those poor horses.
although that quote might change when you find a job where the horses aren't nutcases and the trainers are proper ones that know what they are doing... i also love arabians! there so majestic!