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Robbie, human ingenuity is boundless in devising ever more diabolical ways to visit pain and suffering on the animal kingdom. Come to think of it, we are part of the animal kingdom, too. . . . Sigh-h-h-h. . . .
I'm with PG on this subject. Anyone who is cruel to animals deserves the same treatment themselves. I like your pictures in this set PPM, thanks.
Hi, Omom. The joint where a horse's hoof meets the leg is the coronet. The next joint up is the fetlock, and in between is the pastern. Soring is applying a very strong irritant to the pastern in an effort to make the horse lift his (front) legs higher, which is thought to be attractive by people who show horses. It was (maybe sometimes is) done mostly to Tennessee Walking Horses. Walkers have a very smooth gait that is comfortable to ride. Saddlebreds have a very flashy way of going, and often have "bracelets" of chain or wooden beads on their front pasterns while in training to encourage them to lift their legs higher. Saddlebreds also were routinely subjected to a severing of a muscle or ligament in their tails in order to give them a very high artificial tail carriage (I will post a picture after a while). The tail, of course, had a tendency to revert to a lower carriage, so the horse is obliged to wear a tailset, which is a sort of harness that keeps his tail elevated 24/7. I can't believe it is very comfortable for him to wear. I don't know if Saddlebreds are still subjected to this particular form of torture; I have been away from the Saddlebred scene for over 30 years.
Why on earth do anybody treat animals i.e. horses that cruel way?? It's incredible to me that it's allowed!! Thanks so very much Varda!!
Hi Plumpy, I didn't understand half of what you just wrote. Can you explain how to "sore" a horse? Or what fetlocks or coronets are? And a tailset? Lovely photos. How are you, by the way? Haven't heard from you in a little while.
I agree. Soring of walkers was outlawed many years ago; Saddlebreds were not usually sored when I was involved with them. When I acquired him, my Saddlebred had been accustomed to wearing a tailset; he never again wore one while I had him. I once visited a walking horse barn where all the horses were trying to sit on their haunches because their front feet were so painful. They looked like raw hamburger from the fetlock to the coronet.
Did you see in the news they gave a guy many years for his cruelty to the saddle breads and the walkers for blistering the feet and then using the chains. He beat them if they moved so they could pass the test for hurt feet. They should kill that SOB.
Well, if I had nothing else to do, and if the pay was adequate, I might consider it. I've spent a fair amount of time washing horses, picking out manes and tails, etc. I even made a tail switch with the tail hair I saved from picking out my Saddlebred's tail. tsk.
How would you like the job of keeping them clean and white?