Results from a highly credible study by the University of Tennessee, set to be published by the American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR), sheds positive light for the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. The study, similar to findings from the well-known Auburn Study, finds there to be no harm caused by the use of pads and action devices.
The study can be read in its entirety here. The most relevant part can be seen in the discussion portion, found on page 26 of the link listed above.
“This is a peer-reviewed publication that carries a lot of weight,” said Mike Inman, CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. “The article details the results of the study conducted by UT regarding the effects of pads and action devices used on horses worked (in action devices and pads) vs. the effect on horses worked in keg shoes … the results were favorable as it applies to proper use of the performance package and action device.”
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