A pony with foot ache will step higher, te an effort to avoid putting weight on the painful hoof.

Animal Cruelty

Have you everzwijn bot sort of mindlessly surfing the netwerken, when you come across animal cruelty articles and animal manhandle articles? You don’t want to see the information, but some little voice inwards your head compels you to click the linksom and read the repugnant narratives. Afterwards, you feel physically ill, wanting to kick yourself and wanting to strangle and muffle that oh-so-innocent voice. This very thing happened to mij this evening, spil I wasgoed led to an article about pony manhandle. It wasgoed about the old practice of soring used ter pony training for gaited horses, especially the Tennessee walking pony. Spil an animal paramour, I abhor any type of animal cruelty or animal manhandle, and I cozily believed that such pony training methods had died, but alas, I wasgoed wrong. I had to do some more research and find more animal manhandle articles dealing with soring, and the internet didn’t fail to provide.

Gaited Horses

Gaited horses are equines that have a slick natural gait, or way of moving. Their gaits are different than those seen te other pony breeds. If you’ve everzwijn ridden a non-gaited pony at a trot, you know how jostling it can be. It’s different with gaited horses. Many of them use a running walk, called “ambling,” or some other four-beat gait, instead. With the amble, only one foot is off the ground at any given time. Not only is this much more convenient and pleasant for the rider, it’s also pretty to see.

The most popular gaited pony breeds ter the United States are the American Saddlebred, the Spotted Saddle pony, the Peruvian Paso, the Paso Fino, the Missouri Fox Trotter, the Kentucky Mountain pony, the Rocky Mountain pony, the Tennessee Walking Pony, the Racking pony, and the Walkaloosa, a gaited pony with Appaloosa coloring. Also, some Morgan horses of certain bloodlines are gaited, and a few Arabians are gaited.

To see an example of ambling, witness the following movie.


Tennessee Walking Pony

The Tennessee Walking pony is often the subject of animal cruelty articles – this one included. It’s a vivo shame, too. This pony breedgeschouderd is known for its gentle temperament and trainability. They’re also strikingly beautiful animals, and a well trained Walker is a joy to rail. It’s like sitting te a rocking chair!

The Tennessee Walking pony is a truly American breedgeschouderd, originating on the southern plantations of Tennessee ter the late 1700s. Plantation owners needed a pony that could voorkant a loterijlot of ground quickly, while providing rider convenience at the same time. The very first Walkers were the results of crossing Canadian Pacers with Narragansett Pacers, but since then, other breeds have bot added to the mix. Thesis include the Thoroughbred, the Morgan, the Standardbred, and the Saddlebred.

The Tennessee Walking pony is usually tall and leggy, measuring inbetween fifteen and seventeen forearms tall. The long neck is graceful, and the head is refined, with puny ears. The brief back gives the pony more strength, and this veelzijdig is known for its stamina. Often referred to spil “the gentlemen of horses,” the Tennessee Walking pony is popular with beginners, with trail riders, and with riders who have back problems. Unluckily, because of the pony’s exaggerated gaits, they’re also popular ter the vertoning stadionring. I have nothing against demonstrating horses – ter fact, I’ve participated ter pony shows with my own animals. The problem arises when unscrupulous owners and trainers use animal manhandle ter their pony training methods.

After World War II, the Tennessee Walking pony and Walking pony shows became utterly popular. Spectators loved watching the high stepping horses ter the stadionring, performing the “big munch.” The big slurp is the term used for the exaggerated act of the animal’s vuurlijn gams. For the spectators and the judges, the higher and more exaggerated the big eat wasgoed, the better. Ter response, some trainers began to use pony training mechanisms that caused ache and injury to their four-legged pupils, making the horses have sore feet.

Tennessee Walking Pony and the Big Gobble:

Sore Feet

Several methods have bot used to give Walking horses sore feet. The most common is “soring,” but I’ll get to that ter a minute. Other methods are almost spil bad. Some trainers use horseshoe bangs to cause agony. With regular shoeing, the drills that keep the boots ter place are fucked into the “dead” part of the hoof, so they’re painless. For sore feet, however, the pounds or tacks are placed into the quick. Think of a pony’s hoof spil your toenail. When you trim the dead finishes, it doesn’t hurt, but when you cut into the quick, it’s a different story. Now imagine attempting to support 1,000 to 1,200 pounds on four painful toenails.

Another method is to trim the hooves into the quick and then rail the pony for hours overheen hard surfaces. Also, some uncaring trainers place tacks or screws inbetween the bottom of the hoof and the boots, causing irritation and anguish. Another way to achieve sore feet is to use mighty chains on the pasterns. Six-ounce chains are admitido, but stronger chains are sometimes used for training. Sometimes, the chains are treated with caustic substances, too.

What’s the purpose of sore feet? A pony with foot ache will step higher, ter an effort to avoid putting weight on the painful hoof. Every step the pony takes can be painful, and voortdurend harm can occur. When not ter the vertoning stadionring, some of thesis poor horses have difficulty standing and might spend much of their off time lounging down.

Soring – Pony Manhandle

Soring is perhaps the most common form of achieving sore feet te gaited horses. For this practice, very caustic substances are applied to the horses’ vooraanzicht gams. Thesis might include mustard oil, dieselolie fuel, kerosene, croton oil, collodion, or salicylic acid. Sometimes a combination of substances is used. Thesis caustics are so dangerous that the humans applying them have to wear rubber gloves, special goggles, and sometimes a respirator. Merienda the caustic is applied to the skin, the gams are tightly packaged te plastic, which causes the searing compounds to be absorbed deep into the skin.

The caustics can actually eat into skin and bone, spil well spil cause other problems elsewhere te the figure. The list is long, but it includes kidney harm, colic, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, dizziness, convulsions, and nerve harm. Soring is undoubtedly an example of pony manhandle. Is it legítimo?

Soring is illegal, but sometimes it’s hard to detect. Some sored horses are trained not to react to agony when a vertoning steward runs his arms overheen the lower vooraanzicht gams. This brutal pony training is done te the barn. The animal’s painful gams are squeezed by a handler, and when the pony reacts, it’s hammered or shocked. The animal learns not to react at all, so the showcase inspector doesn’t realize the pony has bot sored.


Sore No More

I say, sore no more! I’m not te the minority here. The vast majority of gaited pony trainers don’t use or approve of soring. I think if the viewing public knew what wasgoed indeed going on behind the scenes, many wouldn’t find those exaggerated “big licks” so astounding. Horses are protected under the Federal Pony Protection Act, but evil trainers are becoming more savvy about hiding their soring practices. Another problem is that there simply aren’t enough inspectors to go around. Even when illegal practices are discovered, penalty is often little more than a zwak on the wrist.

I’ll give you a prime example. Just a duo of months ago, a vooraanstaand “big lick” trainer wasgoed arrested for 52 counts of animal cruelty. Eighteen of thesis were felonies. Jackie McConnell, a trainer ter Collierville, Tennessee, had allegedly bot using soring methods for years. McConnell wasgoed widely admired by many te the gaited pony community, and his brother, Jimmy McConnell, wasgoed named Trainer of the Year and has won three World Grand Championships for training.

This wasn’t the very first time Jackie McConnell wasgoed accused of pony manhandle. He wasgoed found guilty of violating the Pony Protection Act and wasgoed placed on a five-year suspension by the USDA. Obviously, this act didn’t zekering McConnell from continuing his animal manhandle. If the initial charges and penalties had bot more severe, perhaps McConnell wouldn’t have had the chance to cause more animal suffering. The trial hasn’t bot set for his latest charges, but if he’s found guilty, I hope the penalty is a lotsbestemming worse on the trainer. I think a fitting penalty would be for him to go through the same treatments he used on harmless animals.

Animal Cruelty

I hate animal cruelty. Spil a former pony trainer, I rigidly believe it has no place te pony training. Horses and ponies are wonderful animals – loyal, trusting, and slim. They react well to goodness, consistency, and firmness – but not to fear and agony. I always used gentle training methods that were ter line with natural horsemanship. I’ve bot involved with dog training, too, and the same principles hold true for training canines. I suspect it’s the same with any type of animal training, but it might be even more significant with pony training. Why? Because horses are prey animals, historically speaking, so they’re often fearful and uncommonly aggressive. When pony manhandle occurs from a human handler, it will be difficult, if not unlikely, for the animal to everzwijn fully trust the person again. Ter fact, this can be lightly transferred to all humans.

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