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    05-29-2012, 07:52 PM
  #61
Green Broke
I'm still trying to get a grip on the situation.

The more I read, the less I like the whole TWH show situation.

Sad but true, I haven't been involved in showing, ever, but I have been to several shows in years past. My somewhat recent purchase of a walking horse spurned my interest but that's changing.

I was thinking of going this year, but it's becoming apparent that it can't pass the light of day and what's happening to the TWH is shameful.

I really wanted to believe other wise, but when most of the judges and officials have participated in the cruelty I'm becoming less and less inclined to believe that the organization can correct itself.

The only way I see to do it is a complete re-organization from the top down and I don't see that happening.

Shameful, criminal, and heart breaking, just a shame.
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    05-29-2012, 08:16 PM
  #62
Trained
In total agreement Gunslinger. The best TWH folks I know train and have beautiful horses, but they do not show.
     
    06-10-2012, 06:12 PM
  #63
Green Broke
More from the Chattanooga Times Freepress:

Tennessee walking horse soring: Industry steps up penalties | timesfreepress.com

Has the worm turned?
     
    06-10-2012, 07:25 PM
  #64
Green Broke
I certainly hope so.
     
    08-06-2012, 04:20 PM
  #65
Foal
Interesting note... The Peruvian Horse Shows do not allow shoes at all. ALL horses are shown barefooted AND hoofs are trimmed to a natural 4 inch..... Just thought you might like to know this... ;)
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    08-06-2012, 06:37 PM
  #66
Green Broke
Judge Orders Defendant To Write Newspaper Article About Horse Soring; Mays Released After Serving 4 Months - 08/06/2012 - Chattanoogan.com




Judge Orders Defendant To Write Newspaper Article About Horse Soring; Mays Released After Serving 4 Months

Monday, August 06, 2012
Federal Judge Sandy Mattice on Monday morning ordered a man caught horse "soring" to write a newspaper article about the topic as part of his probation.
Judge Mattice directed John Mays to "describe the different types and the immediate and long-term effects it brings on the horses."
He said he also should report "who seeks out" the practice of applying caustic agents and other methods to the feet of Tennessee Walking Horses so they will walk with an exaggerated gait at horse shows - mainly held at Shelbyville, Tn.
The judge said Mays should tell "how widespread" a practice is horse soring.
Mays was arrested along with several others, including Jackie McConnell - West Tennessee horse trainer who was caught abusing a horse on a secretly-taped video that got widespread publicity.
Mays served almost four months in jail, though it was mainly because he earlier violated the terms of his probation. His sentencing range was zero-6 months. Prosecutors had recommended a "downward departure" for him as part of his cooperation in the case.
Judge Mattice allowed him to be released on time served. He lives in Mississippi and was awaiting a ride home from his aunt, who did not arrive in time for the sentencing. Mays will be on probation for a year.
Mays had little to say at the hearing. Asked by Judge Mattice if he was surprised to be caught up in such a situation, he said, "It kind of surprised me too. I never thought it would be like this." Judge Mattice said, "That's an understatement."
Prosecutor Steve Neff noted that the federal Horse Protection Act has been on the books since 1970, but no one had been charged under it until a year and a half ago.
He said that prosecution out of Chattanooga "has created a domino effect in all sorts of avenues."
Due to national publicity, he said there had been cries for reform of the walking horse industry, "and hopefully it will continue."
Prosecutor Neff said he had heard from numerous horse lovers on the topic, and "I'm sure the court has too."
Judge Mattice said, "I've heard from hundreds, if not thousands, of people. I hope they understand that the court doesn't make the laws. That happens in the large building with the dome on it."
He and prosecutor Neff both noted that the current federal horse protection law carries little prison time.
But they said that new attention to the law has brought a major focus on treatment of horses and "hopefully will start creating a change in the culture."



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    08-15-2012, 10:47 PM
  #67
Foal
Agreed.
     
    08-15-2012, 11:14 PM
  #68
Banned
Sadly I think that for as long as judges reward the practice it will continue. I know very little about the breed but there seems to be a significant difference between the natural and the forced.
     
    08-19-2012, 09:50 AM
  #69
Green Broke
Humane Society Offers Tip Line For Horse Abusers As Celebration Draws Near - 08/17/2012 - Chattanoogan.com
Humane Society Offers Tip Line For Horse Abusers As Celebration Draws Near

Friday, August 17, 2012
Days before the commencement of the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, the Humane Society of the United States is launching a national tip line in English and Spanish "to help crack down on the illegal and cruel practice known as 'soring.'” The HSUS offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a violator of the Horse Protection Act or any state law which prohibits horse soring, the deliberate infliction of pain to force horses to perform an artificially high-stepping gait for the show ring.
The tip line and reward are advertised on a new billboard that was installed across from the Celebration venue. Many of the trainers and judges participating in this month’s Celebration have records of soring violations, it was stated.
“It is unacceptable that the deliberate torture of Tennessee walking horses continues despite a decades-old federal law to stop it,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States urges anyone with information about this despicable cruelty to call our new tip line. With the cooperation of concerned witnesses, we can help bring violators to justice and rid the industry of the abuse that mars its reputation.”
HSUS officials said, "As awareness spreads about the abusive treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses in the top levels of show competition, The HSUS is continuing its commitment to help bring violators to justice. Earlier this year, The HSUS paid out a $10,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of Barney Davis, a Tennessee horse trainer, for violations of the Horse Protection Act. Davis testified during his sentencing hearing that soring is a common practice.
"Anyone with information on this cruel practice should call 855-NO-SORING or email: equineprotection@humanesociety.org. The HSUS will protect the identity of all callers.
"Although Congress passed the Horse Protection Act more than 40 years ago to criminalize showing sored horses and other horse abuse, these illegal activities continue unabated throughout the industry.
"The HSUS’ undercover investigation of well-known trainer Jackie McConnell revealed that trainers can continue to sore horses and enter them into shows undetected, even while serving a federal disqualification. The investigation drew national attention and led to public outrage over the practice of soring. McConnell has since pleaded guilty to a felony conviction for charges related to conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act, and three of his associates pleaded guilty to related charges.
At last year’s Celebration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted random testing for the use of prohibited foreign substances on horses and found that a shocking 100 percent of those horses tested positive.
"An analysis of the violation history of the top 20 trainers in the industry’s Riders Cup high point program found that every trainer on that list was cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act in the past two years, with a total 164 violations among them. A mere 7 percent actually served suspension penalties?and of those, all but a handful were for a measly two-week period.
"The HSUS has contacted the board of directors for the Celebration in an effort to help the industry institute reforms that will protect the horses and restore its credibility. The HSUS is calling for some common-sense changes, including ousting those who torment animals from the show ring, establishing a zero-tolerance policy for this criminal behavior, and adopting practices and policies that will secure a place in the future for fair, humane and legal competition for this breed.
"In June, the USDA announced a requirement that certified horse industry organizations impose uniform mandatory minimum penalties for violations of the federal Horse Protection Act. These organizations operate under USDA oversight to enforce the Horse Protection Act by conducting inspections at Tennessee Walking Horse competitions. The organization that has been hired to conduct inspections at the 2012 Celebration has refused to comply with these new regulations."
     
    08-19-2012, 11:06 AM
  #70
Yearling
The "tip" program has been in effect for at least a couple of years. Ads were run on both English and Spanish language radio stations. I don't know what, if anything, it ever produced.

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