Ya know, growing up I had a best friend and neighbor whose family owned and showed the Big Licks. I went to a few shows with them and it was exciting (at the time) to see these horses show. I thought there wasn't anything wrong with it. I remember seeing the chains, big pads, and horses with saran wrap wrapped around their legs. I grew up, did some research, and heard horror stories of what they do to these poor horses. Watching that video of Honors made me sick to my stomach. It looks so unnatural and to think, I actually use to like watching a horse stepping high like that. Ugh. Thankfully, my old friend/neighbors stopped showing "because of the politics surrounding it" and now all they do is trail ride.
The horse is SO handsome and grand looking in the still photos (head shots), and then he moves in that very bizarre way. I am utterly bewildered as to how that could be thought attractive. It doesn't even look like a horse moving and the rider doesn't look like a human being.
I don't think they shown padded horses yet in the 2013 celebration.
Yall are right- the cellebration lost a lot of money in the past few years but I think of it as a way to make a change and stop the soring- theyre doing so much more this year to stop that kind of people from showing-- its a slow process but its working.
Aint put up the results for tonights show but ill post a little bit later on when they do- still no padded classes shown yet.
TWH are AMAZING animals, as are all horses. I have had abused Arabians, TB and the two former Big Lick mares in my barn right now, and none of them have showed one iota of damage, save some physical scars.
Anyone here at or going to the 2013 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration?
I need you to sent me several of those delicious fresh piping hot donuts.
I must admit I am curious how things are going. Whether you show pleasure, versatility, or padded, so long as you are showing a 100% sound horse, you have my best wishes.
I have many fond memories of the big show in Shelbyville. I started with walkers in the 1960's so I have seen a lot, both the good and the bad. I have shown both the padded and the pleasure type horse. And, yes, I have done evil to my horses in the quest for that elusive blue ribbon. Today my horses go sound and mostly barefoot, and my conscience rests easy.
I find myself walking the showground in my memory, talking to people from all over the world about horses, watching the classes, sitting on my hands at the sales, visiting with friends new and old, touring the countryside and walking the civil war battlefields, enjoying southern hospitality at the local restaurants, and just remembering my taste of the relaxed southern lifestyle.
So how is the show? What is the atmosphere like? How are the class sizes? Is there much of a crowd? Have you been to any sales or been barn storming? Help us experience 2013 in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
interesting that they use Ivy League education as a derogatory term. I was always brought up believing a good education was something to aspire to. Not the first time I've noticed Ivy League used that way.
LadyDreamer- lol I can get that same face from my walker in the pasture eating grass- just a picture meant to look bad on purpose- if you take enough therell be a few of the horse blinking or making crazy face-- id definitely say back when all the older horses like gold finger and tripple threat were showing there was more soring going on then than now.
Not trying to pick a fight- just a picture of the horse making a face after a lot were taken.. its not a 'horror face' at all- its just a very common walker face- thoroughbreds make the same face its where they get it, lol.
It would be pretty hard to argue that this horse looks happy or that he feels good.
What upsets me most (besides the fact that the horse is in so much pain it can't stand upright) is that the owner/trainer/rider that is standing there likely waiting to get on and ride is so unaware. Seemingly unaware, I should say. And the horse is allegedly in pain.