4 indicted on horse soring charges
The day after the first conviction, 4 more are indicted on horse soring charges.
4 indicted on horse soring charges | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has handed down a 52-count indictment for charges involving "soring" of horses.
If convicted, the men face a maximum term of three years in prison for each felony count and up to one year in prison for each misdemeanor.
In the written copy of the Chattanooga Times Free press, but apparently not available online, a veterinarian who inspects the horses at shows, said they know the industry has problems, and they are working to resolve them.
It does appear the feds are getting serious about this, and during recent travel to the Shelbyville area I noticed many large horse farms for sale.
When I inquired with a local Spotted Saddle Horse breeder, they tell me the feds are running them out of business. Many local breeders are behind the effort, and while almost all want to maintain the tradition of the Celebration, they want to do it humanly.
As a kid I watched many of yesterdays walking horse legends perform at various shows around middle Tennessee and hope the industry can clean itself up and continue the tradition.
I'm still trying to figure out if soring has always been a part of it, or, when the inhuman treatment started. If I recall correctly, it was rumored that some horses were sored during the late 1960's. One of my friends dads was an amateur trainer during the 60's, and I don't recall it being discussed much back then.
The industry has to clean up it's act. If it can't then I guess the tradition needs to end.
NICE! Way to crack down TN! Finally!!
And yeah, it's so sad when people turn a beautiful horse with flowing movements into the grotesque spectacles some of them are today!
Farms are for sale all over. It's the economy and not the enforcement of humane laws that's doing it.
I think those show riders look creepy too. Should be wearing a grim reaper cloak rather than a suit with tails. The horses are just sad. I so love watching my barefoot mare go through all her gears playing in the pasture. Much more breathe taking in my opinion.
I'd like to see some indictments handed down to TWHBEA officials. I have never seen a bigger bunch of hypocrits in my life. I noticed their president is falling all over himself writing letters to TN papers trying to dissociate with these people.
Intersesting, It's your shows, your scoring and your judges leading to this.
They have big statements on their websight.
The TWHBEA International Board of Directors is dedicated to the sound horse. We do not support practices in violation of the Horse Protection Act in the development and training of the horse. The TWHBEA International Board of Directors supports the sound and compliant horse in every one of the breeds numerous disciplines.
Then a bunch of pictures of big lick stack shoed horses with chains around their feet. I really despise these people.
I totally agree with ya. just got my voice magazine and i was disgusted with how the big lick show horses feet looked,someting needs to be done about this it is just not natural.
The barefoot natural movement of the TWH to me is amazing! Big lick? well now that is just plain ignorant and inhumane to me. Now I am not a activast by no means but stacking pads to make a horse pick his feet up higher to look "good"...... stupid....
And they claim that soring is a thing of the past. Bull.
Big Lick is inhumane, whether horses are sored or not. Soring just happens to be the most severe of the abuse. I'd love to see the Performance Tennessee Walker industry go belly-up altogether.
Seems like its the older guys who are into big lick. Thing of the past? I doubt it too ha ha.
I'm glad to hear that attention has turned in favor of the naturally gaited horse. I've talked to so many people who aren't horse owners and show them youtube clips of big lick and mostly get the same response "OMG, that looks stupid". Once in a while people will think it's really cool, only because they don't know what goes on to make the horses do that.
TWBEA needs to stop talking out of both sides of it's mouth. Soring is alive and well in the industry and I think they're trying to sooth both sides, but keep things as they've been for years.
I support FOSH and believe the hard working people there have made a difference. As for the people who still sore, may they rot in the hot place for all eternity.
I went to a twh/ssh show here in town last year?? the year before and they had some park classes. I had to go over and watch as the horse was inspected by the dqp after the class. Seeing those long toes and stacks was worse close up than it was from a distance. Turns out after talking to the dqp, he LOVES riding big lick!! Said that the chains and such wasn't such a big deal and that trainers really don't put nails under the shoes or use chemicals to sore horses....it was all propoganda. I thought to myself how could this guy properly and objectively inspect horses if he's giving me the line of crap most old school big lick trainers give the general public??:twisted: After he suggested I ride it before I knock it, it gave me a whole new look at how the "industry" wants to clean up soring.
Oh, that and one of the competitors riding a ssh had been booted out of twbea a few years back. Hmmm, wonder how he snuck in:shock:
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