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.
Why does the usda veterinarians step in randomly and not monitor the shows when there held to stop it completely? I don't blame the shows I blame the usda for enforcing the laws once in a while and not every time.
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."
I don't think there 'scared' just dumb, lol.
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.
they aint turning a blind eye- I think it would give even more a reason for the usda to monitor the show and make sure there is no soring going on- maybe a part of the revenue they make will go to pay for the usda to do a good checking of the horses?
That's fine but the celebration alone brings in so much revenue I don't think they would pull out their sponsorship because other businesses did- they have a better chance to make money now.
I doubt many people have an issue with any classes other than the Big Lick classes.
Why? They can be soring the light shod horses or even the barefoot ones to make them be more animated just like they do with padded horses- when it comes to showing there is always the wrong way to do training and that is usually an abusive way.
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.
The usda veterinarians come in with termo cameras when the testors think a horse could be sored- the problem is they don't have the technology that the usda does for testing soring- they do chem tests and the thermo images show more in to depths.
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 do agree with you here- he should have darn well served his time!
I went to court a while back (no life jacket- nothing too serious, lol) but there was a couple people ahead of me that had abused some horses- judge ordered they never have animals (not just horses) again and if they were caught with any animal in their possession they went to jail- I am thinking this man aint allowed to even be around horses not to mention training them again- if he's on probation officers will definitely be surprise visiting him to make sure he don't violate probation.
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!!
I think its more a money issue-- I can clean my carpet with my vacuum but if I called say 'stanley steamer' they could go back and get my carpets cleaner than I could because they got better tools than me.
Im not justifying soring at all- its wrong and I hate people do that to such sweet animals but theres some sick people out there that want to win wgc title and do little work as they can to get there- this is the results.