Originally Posted by Guilherme
Right now, since TWHBEA is the "big dog" in the fight, they are taking the hits. In reality they are only reaping what they have sown over the years.
For as long as I've known, the TWHBEA has heavily promoted the "Big Lick" image as the epitome of the Tennessee Walking Horse. . .their magazine The Voice
was loaded with ads and photos and articles of performance horses, their web site was full of photos of Big Lick horses.
Those of us who "just trail rode" or had flat-shod horses were treated like an afterthought. Kind of a "hey, thanks for registering your horse with us and paying the fees and stuff. . .now, away with you, peons!"
Not surprisingly, a lot of us "natural-gaited, trail riding" peons HAVE left. Quit our memberships, and gone on to other things with our horses.
What amazes me is how the TWHBEA leadership actually seems surprised that all those years of standing behind the Big Lick and turning a blind eye to the issues of abuse are finally catching up to them.