Once a horse is "stacked" he is stalled for all but a 1/2 hour or so of activity. The standing in a stall necessitates the wraps to control the edema from all the standing and not moving. If you slap a chain (even a legal chain) on an edematous ankle, you are likely gona get scurfing. With scurfing can come scars and the soreness etc. They also grease the legs to prevent scurfing from the chain - but the sad thing is all that dripping greasy goo also MOL inflames the skin of the leg making it more likely to scurf.
The comment made of "maybe a little less shoe and no chain" is the most sensible thing to come from the other side. So many evils will disappear when this transition is made. But I think the padded folks waited too make this peace offering of a little less stack/no chain. I think the law to ban them is the only way to go.
Eliminate the stacks and the chains and bands - NWHA did so with very good results.
They made a statement of support on HR6388 with the proviso that their preference for heavy shoes be permitted. I think their plantation shoe needs to go, too.
Here is their statement:
HR6388 – Clarification of NWHA’s Position
The National Walking Horse Association presents the following clarification regarding the position statement on HR6388. The original position statement of October 24, 2012, as written, has resulted in some questioning whether NWHA opposes the Bill: nothing could be further from the truth. Let there be no mistake; NWHA supports HR6388. However clarification from legislators regarding terms and definitions such as "weighted shoes" is vital to meaningful legislation. A written explanation of how “weighted shoes” will be determined from someone involved in the process at the government level would help ease concerns that many NWHA members have. We do not believe this is an unreasonable request. We have contacted the sponsors of the Bill and with understanding that this is a very busy time of the year, we are awaiting a response. This is not just a concern for NWHA; other breeds and disciplines wear what could be considered “weighted shoes” including Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Reiners, Arabians, Morgans and even some Dressage horses. Even though these other breeds and disciplines are not necessarily covered under the HPA if this Bill is made law, without clarification, it could eventually impact them as well. NWHA has worked hand in hand with the USDA since its inception. Time and time again NWHA has been shown to be at the forefront of horse protection. Soon after our founding, we banned pads, action devices, and bands on our showgrounds. We have put hours of research into weight limits for our shoes to ensure that no horse will be exposed to the extreme weight of a shoe made of either full or partial tungsten. We have been chosen many times to represent the walking horse in a number of situations because of what we stand for, the zero tolerance for abuse of this great horse. Our dedication to the protection of this breed will never falter. In conclusion, we at NWHA offer support and aid in any way possible to the US Government while they draft legislation and implement new procedures to protect the walking horse.