Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Shame of the TWH
I wish to briefly speak about a subject near and dear to me. The plight of the TWH. Of all the horse industries, this one seems to contain the most barbaric practices. From bits that look like medieval torture devices, to ankle chains, tail sets, pressure shoeing and soring, this industry supports more cruelty than most other breeds.
Some of the common bits used on TWHs, most are used on horses of all ages, including 2 year olds! Gosh, let's not start them in a SNAFFLE or anything! Several of these are marketed as TRAINING bits.
Many walking horse trainers and owners will argue that these practices are not cruel and that the horses do not suffer for it. Do the horses in these next photos look like they are not suffering, do they look happy?
Check out those shanks and his poor mouth. Look at his eyes. Does this image convey a proud, energetic, powerful horse? Or does it show a horse in pain?
Another "proud" Walker. Look at the hyperflexion of the front leg. Look at his eyes. What do you see there?
Hmm, I guess I would look like I was in pain too if this was what my shoes looked like. Barbaric.
Gosh, doesn't this fellow look comfortable? This horse is in PAIN people, those wraps are covering a caustic substance applied to make action chains "work better". I guess if my skin were burned and raw, I would try to fling off a heavy chain too.
I think people who practice this barbaric tradition should be forced to spend their lives in shoes like the ones pictured above. They should be a couple of sized too small, their ankles should be rubbed raw, and they should have to carry a 50 pound backpack around too.
To me, this is the tackiest practice of all. The infliction of pain and discomfort to achieve the desired gait/look/headset, whatever.