icemotown, what the heck are those big blocks under the hooves, if they aren't pads? The horse has no chains but it sure does have pads.
Peaches and the like will never admit their horses are sored. I spoke with a gentleman at the Celebration who said to me that he felt 85% to 90% of the padded horses were clean. I asked him if he ever sored and he never did answer my question but he knows as do every padded horse owner that to be competitive they have to sore them. Everybody knows it they just can't admit how horrible it is to the horse, to their horse, to the horse that they say they love.
It's the same as saying they abuse their children. No one who has ever abused their child in any way would admit it, and it's the same for soreing.
They are in denial and they will end up on the short end of the stick.