So, let's say you have a horse with thin soles, putting a thin pad on with the shoe would add additional protection. Then, if this rule passes as written, you go show this horse with it's thin pad, based on way this rule is currently written, you would be in violation and would be excused or could not show your horse with the pad. The way this is currently written. There are horses, like people, that are not built perfectly symmetrical, using pad (s)or a small wedge within reason can make them comfortable and balanced. I know, I have had 2 of those animals. However, based as written if passed, I could not do that. I do NOT CONDONE what has happened in the TWH industry. However, AHA in combination with USEF is making appropriate changes for the betterment of our breed and I do NOT support this rule as written and let them know it about 2 weeks ago.
Exactly, and what then happens to the (I suspect high) number of horses that would no longer have show careers? We all realistically know how not well that would end up for a lot of horses. Not everyone has the kindness to take suitable care of them anyway. I suspect we would lose a lot of industry involvement over this, as well as AHA members, which would lead to other problems down the road for AHA and all Arabian horse owners.
You also MUST keep in mind that there is nothing on here that limits this only to show horses. This could affect older horses that are happily maintained and comfortable only because of therapeutic shoeing. I have a friend with one. If she had to take his pads off, he would be in a LOT of pain and very lame (they tried going barefoot with him...didn't work. AT ALL). He would probably not live long. As it stands, he's happy and sound with his pads. How are those pads hurting him? By prolonging his happy retired horse life? Will farriers want to risk putting on something illegal on a horse? I'm not sure I would want to, even if that horse never leaves that barn. This is not a SHOW rule. It's an everyday federal law.
And I should add, if you haven't read the USEF statement I posted earlier, I suggest you do so. For those of you supporting this bill, it may change your mind. It shows just how wide reaching this would be. Shame on anyone who supports this and comments on it without researching all sides. If you read it, research it well, and still support it, I will agree to disagree, but don't expect me to stop posting so others see all sides of this
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