Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Soring Gaited Horses

Gaited Horses can be "sored" to create lift, animation, and to change the timing of the front feet.

Soring can be accomplished by:

[] long toes
[] big feet (add more weight)
[] heavier shoes
[] adding boots
[] adding toe weights
[] quarter boots tightened on the coronary band
[] heavy contact which interferes with the horse's normal leg flight
[] sitting on the cantle of the saddle
[] placing the saddle past the last rib
[] saddle digging into the loins
[] the feet pounding on the ground (concussive practices)

None of these practices should be used with Icelandic Horses, but some are.

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