Gaited Horses

Since reading the story by goodogstay about the American Military using live animals (goats & pigs) in training , I did some research on the net, just to see what other examples of cruelty towards animals I could find. Amongst the many websites I came across was Please read their report on the cruelty in the Tennessee gaited horse arena. As a Brit, I hadn't come across this form of "entertainment", but we do have something similar in this country where the horse is made to "high step" whilst pulling a carriage.

The aim of the trainer is to get the horse to make an exaggerated "high step" in the arena, apparently known as The Big Lick. HOW they get the horse to do this , really sickened me. They use corrosive substances (acid, mustard oil, kerosine oil, etc) on the tender area above the horses' hooves and wrap in plastic so it irritates the area even more. The horse is in so much pain, they "lift" their feet because they can't bear to stand. Chains placed around the area irritate the skin tissue even more.The video on this website shows how men beat the horses around the head and body when they don't do what is expected of them. The practice is illegal; please watch the video, spare a thought for the poor horses and sign the petition.

This website had many other examples of animal cruelty, so please have a look and support them.
Fredricka Fredricka
51-55, F
1 Response May 21, 2012

this needs to stop