We've been searching for an answer to the troubles happening in the TWH community - here it is.
Sorry if this has already been posted.
U.S. House bill 6388:
Full Text of H.R. 6388 (112th): To amend the Horse Protection Act to designate additional unlawful acts under the ... - GovTrack.us
i dont laws are the answer for much in this country. They tend to always have unintended consequences and end up doing more harm than good. We also have created a system where people writing laws are absolutely clueless about the laws they are writing and passing.
You want to stop the abuse of TWH ? it isnt rocket science, and it doesnt need a law. Its called Stop giving the abusers money. Stop going to the shows, stop buying products from companies that sponsor the shows, (and tell them why), and stop sending the TWHBEA money.
I don't understand why the TWH, as a breed, doesn't reinvent itself as a pleasure horse. Maybe the top show horses won't be worth as much but wouldn't the the average TWH bring a fair sum marketed to trail riders? There would be less "waste" in the breed and the average horse would have a purpose.
They seem to have a strong market here (out west) as pleasure horses. And they generally ask $2500 +++ for them. Many are at least $5000-$6000. No fancy training, just a decent trail horse.
I have been told they are not really bred to run/walk anymore, which if true, is a crying shame. :-(
But if the TWH wants to improve it's image and stop the abuse, I don't know why they don't reinvent themselves as the Cadillac of trail horses. Is there a reason that can't happen?
I used to think I could NEVER afford a gaited horse. That is what the prices were like out here. And then I found a Foxtrotter ex-broodmare at a steal. But the average gaited horse still brings more than the average stock horse in Arizona. There are a lot of retired folks looking for a smooth ride!
actually thats what quite a few of them are, Lots of my friends ride the bigger body plantation style walkers. Myself and a few others endurance race them as well, with varying levels of sucess. We just dont give money to the TWHBEA. The National Walking Horse Association accepts registration from former TWHBEA members, and doesnt allow anything but flat shod horses . Nor do they allow convicted animal abusers as members and directors.
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