I reluctantly support banding shoes where the hoofwall is weakened and a band will hold a shoe and pad in place when otherwise the horse’s hoof wall is constantly having to be repaired/rebuilt and an otherwise good horse cannot be shown or is possibly injured because of hoof wall separation. I shoe my own show horses so I have some idea of the difficulties of keeping a horse up in show shoes and pads (although I would never claim to be an expert farrier). I see some bands on park and pleasure horses now, but not nearly as many as were predicted when they were first allowed.
Rae, I have seen some horses who did not react much when gingered, and I have seen others start to shake when they knew what was coming. As I discussed at length last year, my objection to gingering is that the horse cannot alleviate the discomfort by changing position or complying with the aids (a basic principle of training), but must instead continue in pain or discomfort until the ginger wears off. There is much worse abuse, but my concern is that heightened public awareness and condemnation of any practice that clearly puts an animal in discomfort is a distinct possibility due to YouTube, etc. There is also a “yuck” factor if you will; “You mean you people put hot peppers up your horse’s anus! How can you do that!!!!” Morgans do not need gingering, and it will take courage from a top exhibitor or trainer, and a judge who marks down clearly gingered horses to end the practice.