Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse
I wish they would ban the owners and trainers that do that from showing permanently. I'd like to ban them from owning too but that can't really be done. The other could.
Some years back Bob Cherry, former president of TWHBEA and an aggressive Big Lick supporter, stated in an editorial in the VOICE that a trainer getting a citation from a DQP was like getting a speeding ticket for a truck driver. It was just a hazard of the business.
I responded in a couple of TWH chat rooms/forums that a DQP ticket was much more like a DUI than speeding, in that it indicated an injury to the horse that was done with malice aforethought. It wasn't just a failure to see a sign.
Cherry then spend another entire editorial attacking my DUI theory and being quite insulting while he did it.
This attitude persists even unto today, as demonstrated by Mr. Dotson's comments.
These folks genuinely don't see what they do as harmful. They, in fact, see it as a beautiful expression of the highest and best qualities of the TWH. There are lots of analogs of this attitude in other segments of the horse industry. The TWH world stands out for it's widespread defense of the indefensible.