As an adult, I discovered what made those horses step so high. And it makes me gag every time I see it. It is called "soring." Caustic chemicals painted on the horse’s legs, then a device placed on the spot. The horse tries to "throw" that device off; thus, the high step, called "big lick." Think for a moment how it would feel on your ankles - to have them burn, then wrapped in cellophane for hours.
The problem is, the penalties for doing this are not severe. The people who are caught are not punished. Not really. The man you see in the video above, hitting the horses in the face, he is STILL "training." Why? Because people want to win - a little wisp of a blue ribbon and because winners make money by stud services. Money. At the cost of these gorgeous creatures.
It makes me wonder what these people do to their loved ones at home, behind closed doors. Studies show animal abuse runs parallel to spousal and child abuse, serial killers also. I am NOT saying the people above hurt their families or are serial killers. I AM saying, I wonder what their home life is like?
How can you justify this behavior? How can you justify the passive laws that allow the perpetrator to continue the practice? I don’t know.
What I DO know, is if anyone did this to my little Cappuccino, or any of my animals, my next blog would come from behind bars. I am sure, for stopping the abuse, I would be incarcerated, and the abuser would be free to continue their crime.