More soring indictments in the gaited horse world

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    03-02-2012, 04:15 PM
More soring indictments in the gaited horse world

These trainers are about as prone to not learn their lessons as certain NASCAR crew chiefs I could name, unfortunately.

Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie L. McConnell, of Collierville, Tenn., and three others are accused of violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA) by soring horses under a 52-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Feb. 29. The indictment comes just two days after gaited horse trainer Barney Davis and two others were sentenced in their high-profile 2011 HPA violation case.

Sharry Dedman-Beard, public information officer for the you.S State's Attorney's Office, Eastern Tennessee District, said the indictment alleges that from 2006 through September 2011 McConnell along with Jeff Dockery and John Mays, both of Collierville, Tenn., and Joseph R. Abernathy, of Olive Branch, Miss., conspired to violate the HPA by applying prohibited substances such as mustard oil, to the pastern area of Tennessee Walking Horses to achieve an exaggerated high-stepping, or so-called "big lick" gait. The indictment also describes the methods allegedly used to sore the horses, train the animals not to react to pain in their feet by causing pain elsewhere, and to otherwise mask evidence of soring.

McConnell, Dockery, Mays, and Abernathy were not available for comment on the indictment.

"McConnell, Dockery, and Mays would attempt to mask soring efforts by 'stewarding' the horses in order to reduce the level of reactions to inspections. Stewarding involves the practice of applying blunt force to a horse's head or nose when it displays an obvious reaction to pain," the indictment alleges.

The three would allegedly use black ink markers to cover soring-related scars and allegedly apply the local anesthetic Lidocaine to horses' front pasterns to prevent them from reacting to foot palpations during inspections at exhibitions, the indictment said.
The Horse | TWH Trainer, Three Others Indicted on HPA Violations

As noted in the story, this comes on the heels of a trio of trainers being sentenced in another high-profile soring prosecution: The Horse | Trio Sentenced in Horse Soring Case

Soring is abuse. It needs to stop.
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    05-02-2012, 05:14 AM
    05-02-2012, 01:00 PM
It is the judges who should carry the blame. It takes only one prestigious judge to allow something then they others follow suit. The walker was bred to be a driving horse that was comfortable to ride for many hours. Big Lick has nothing to do with this. It's all about idiot judges and any judge who will judge Big Lick is an idiot. There is no need for it. That is how to get rid of it - ban the judging of it then the pressure won't be on the competitors to win at all costs.
    05-02-2012, 01:46 PM
Green Broke
Nobody is forcing competitors to do it, don't compete, don't support TWHBEA, call them out for the hypocrites they are. Stop giving them money, stop going to the shows, stop buying products from companies that sponsor the shows. Make sure you tell the companies you wont buy their products and why.
    05-17-2012, 02:08 PM
I own padded horses. I don't believe for a moment that pads are abusive in and of themselves but what Jackie and others like him are doing is atrocious. No horse should be forced to suffer like that for any reason. Maybe if somebody would do that stuff to them they'd finally learn their lesson.
    05-17-2012, 02:26 PM
Pepsi pulled their sponsership this morning ..

Jackie has reached an apparent plea aggreement to plead guilty to one charge of conspiracy to break the **** rules .. for the other 50 something charges to be dropped ...

I need a beer.
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    05-17-2012, 02:28 PM
Oh, and he can still train horses .. just only the ones that he OWNS .. until they go to trial ..

THAT'll teach him .. *sigh*
    05-17-2012, 02:36 PM
Originally Posted by texasgal    
Oh, and he can still train horses .. just only the ones that he OWNS .. until they go to trial ..

THAT'll teach him .. *sigh*
The joys of the United States justice system. Gotta love it. *headdesk*
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    05-17-2012, 02:42 PM
Nothing like a good ol' slap to the wrist to teach them! *sigh*
    05-17-2012, 02:45 PM
They should at least cross tie him ... go get the bat ...

Oooooooooooooooooooops .. I'm having bad thoughts again ...

*slinking away to my prayer closet*


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