Originally Posted by Allison Finch
Toto, you are mistaken if you think all the offenders are prosecuted or even "pointed out" at shows. There is a strong undercurrent with the "inspections and inspectors" at the shows and many violations are ignored.
Last year McConnell, after all that was proven about him, received 3 years PROBATION and a fine. That's all. So much for real punishment. Admitted Tennessee walking horse abuser avoids prison | timesfreepress.com
The Congress tried to beef up the horse protection act....but the twhbea board of directors voted it down. They don't want it stronger. It might be too hard to let these things slip through the cracks. LAST YEAR 76%
of the horses tested by the USDA tested positive for soring agents. You can bet 76% of those trainers were not prosecuted. Why is it that when the USDA comes behind the SHOW testers, self-policing of the industry became 700 percent better http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...n-USDA-present Foreign Substances Found in 76% Horses Tested by USDA at Walking Horse Event | TNReport
People who really believe these practices are gone, are deciding they like looking at these shows with blinders on. What they refuse to see, must not exist.
I didnt read where those horses were shown after being tested and results shown said they was sored? You're right- the USDA is stepping in to stop the soring and sored horses from showing in the events its a good thing for it too.
would you say the sored horses aint being shown then- If so don't that mean theres no soring in the show ring?
Im not saying people wont try it- its illegal to drive drunk and people do it Budweiser don't condone driving drunk but they do earn their money when people buy their beer- they might be drunk driving or they might be responsible drivers and have a designated driver-- Budweiser aint supporting soring either-- some people might be there and sore horses but not everyone at the shows are doing it.
The walkers with the big pads are going to show and the celebration events are all kinds- halter showing (not padded horses) flat shod (not big pads regular shoes) yearling glasses (not ridden or padded or shod) etcetra- there is classes for horses with no shoes too- its a celebration of the walking horse not the celebration of soring.
I agree with abuse can be seen at any show- its up to the people hosting the shows to decide that those horses aint allowed to participate in the show and that's what goes on at the celebration- followed by jailing.
You know the trainer got jailed and convicted of horse abuse before getting a court date to decide he got probation- I don't see where the twhbea let him show again- far as I know he's banned from the association and showing horses in the twhbea shows-- I don't think he can even register a horse in the twhbea or have papers transferred in to his name.
I don't think soring is right at all- its abusive and horrible but I can say its not
whats being shown in the twhbea shows today.