I think it is time for Dr. Deb Bennett to weigh in on this issue. Anyone who knows horses knows that any unevenness or irregularity in a horse’s hooves have ramifications affecting the spine and every other part of the skeleton and muscle development!
If one must alter the state of the horse to ensure it has the proper gait, by adding stacked shoes, chemicals or what have you, then I find it wrong and disturbing, and quite unnatural. It’s like a person getting medically and physically enhanced for that perfect appearance. Fake. If a horse cannot be allowed to be themselves with proper and humane training, it shouldn’t be altered. This is unnatural horsemanship. I like natural. It is what makes a horse uniq3and beautiful. Sltered appearances ate not natural and inhumane.
When they trim the horse feet, they look at the leg and try to make it as normal as possible, these shoes are not natural or normal in any way….
I was at a horse show in Ohio this weekend..and I saw this first hand…..Horrible….this isn’t right…my god is a blue ribbon worth injuring a horse….this should be stopped….made me sick to see this beautiful horse….and on top of it the rider was a 100 over weight….enough is enough
It’s about as natural and harmless as women dancing in 4″ high heels!
Altering a horse gait to make artificially stepped is wrong… and I suspect that when results are not achieved big lick breeders resort to more aggresive methods. Can you imagine people wearing tilted, weighted iron boots all day long to make them goose-step?