Opposition to tail blocks
I just read “The Truth About Tail Blocks” (EQUUS 476). This practice is as cruel as soring. It made me sick to my stomach and so sad to know that people do such things to animals. I have two mares, and these kinds of things will never happen to them. People should respect their animals. This doesn’t mean that your animals are to be spoiled or disobedient. One just needs to spend more time training and teaching the animal what is asked of him. I know that the so-called tail set is probably not obtained by training but that it is a cosmetic thing of beauty only in the eyes of some humans.
I wonder how a trainer or owner would like it if they were to suffer these acts and then be made to perform. Horses are beautiful, majestic animals and are perfect just the way God made them. Patricia Jensen Townville, South Carolina
Thank you for offering a veterinarian’s point of view on just one of the barbaric practices we accept. So many people who are in the business of making our horses win in the show rings consider pain, fear and abuse to be just “part of the training.” When big licks, low head carriage, quiet tails, bumping the legs of jumpers and other inhumane practices are outlawed, trainers and judges will need to pull their heads out of the ground and get real. Candy Giordano Davie, Florida