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.
The USDA steps in randomly, to test the "effectiveness" of the testing that is going on at the shows. The fact that they caught so many who had passed previous to their tests says it all.
would you say the sored horses aint being shown then- If so don't that mean theres no soring in the show ring?
It means no such thing. It means that the few shows the USDA comes to catches the people who have slipped through at many other shows. I read that when word gets out that the USDA is at the show, there are a LOT of scratching going on. Why are these people not as scared of the SHOW testors? Because they, for whatever reason, manage to "not find the sored horses."
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.
I am not saying that Budweiser supports soring. BUT, when they sponsor a show that has, historically, allowed these horses and has turned a blind eye to the practice, they will be "guilty by association" to many people. This is going to possibly affect their bottom line. I sent the corporate headquarters an e-mail saying that I would avoid buying their product in the future as a result of their sponsorship. I bet others are doing it, too. If they decide it is unwise to sponsor, they will decide to decline. If enough sponsors pull out, there will be a strong economic incentive for the Big Lick classes being either eliminated or more stringently monitored than they are now.
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 doubt many people have an issue with any classes other than the Big Lick classes.
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.
But, that is not what has been happening. The judges and testors have been allowing sored horses to "pass" and compete. That has been proven by the fact that the USDA will come in, after horses have been checked and will find flagrant violations or, people will pull their horses before they are seen and run for the hills.
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.
Bottom line is he didn't serve the time he should have. The judge gave him PROBATION. I am only hoping that the TWHBEA holds up his ban and keeps him from even training horses. Heck, he can abuse them at home and have his minion take them to the show, right?
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.
Yes, they are still showing today. The people testing are doing a poor job, maybe due to pressure being put on them. The fact that the USDA can come in to a big show and find that 76% of the horses have been sored, tells it ALL!!