I am wondering if this has had ripples throughout the TWH world. WE are currently having the breed shows here in NY, and I heard that not one TWH showed up. It is typically TWH, Saddlebreds, Morgans and Arabs.
I cannot even believe any owner allows their horses to be put on those block like things. They must have exceedingly short careers.....and how do the insurance underwriters insure these high dollar animals knowing this? Wow. I find this really unbelievable. I only wish I could take a cattle prod to that trainer....... It really takes so many folks having knowledge of this and doing nothing that it is beyond my comprehension. From owners to grooms to vets.....many had to know.
It's what people do in addition to padding or in lieu of adequate training that crosses that line over into abuse. As with all breeds, we have our bad (well, rotten, really) apples and they can be very difficult to uncover even upon professional inspection. To demonstrate this difficulty, several horses that were initially seized in this case were inspected by an independent veterinarian selected by the government and were found to be in good condition. The video proves that abuse happened, but no physical traces of it can be found on the horses. This is complicated further by the fact that people are afforded quite a bit of constitutional protection against search of their property. I wish that there was a way to permit unannounced visitations of people suspected of seedy practices but as the laws stand today, that isn't possible. It's a very frustrating situation for everybody who actually wants to put an end to abuse in the Walking Horse world.