Op­po­si­tion to tail blocks

EQUUS - - Letters -

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

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