If you are FB friends with Lori Foster, she took Mister Vegaz home after nationals and rode him out on trails. As a three year old. I used to get my English horse in shape by running him up the steep hills around our place in Montana.
Agreed. This is the primary reason my CEP horses will go Hunter. So not worth the stupid shoeing. I mean really, the Arab is known for it's versatility but tell me, how many CEP, EP, and Park horses do you see going down the trail? With a Hunter, the competition is great, you can cross over to SH, and usually they make great hackers on the trail . JMO...
I had big gripes when our HA CEP horse was over-shod at nationals. I don't ever want to see them shod in such a manner that they can't be turned out during the day in good weather.
We had a Saddlebred mare that we suspected was cattle-prodded in her stall. If I remember right, the story goes that a groom went in her stall one day without one, clucked at her, and she turned on him. Can't blame her. Its just sick what some people will do.
I think the most disturbing thing about the story isn't that they caught the one guy. Buried down in the article, it mentions that of 52 horses tested for caustic substances, EVERY single one came back positive. So, every single trainer is soring their horses and we crucify one guy? Hang them all out to dry.