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SueNH 06-03-2013 11:31 AM

Tennessee Walking Horse industry faces uncertain future

Joe4d 06-03-2013 11:37 AM

ooh boo hoo, hope everyone of those cretins go bankrupt.

Guilherme 06-03-2013 03:18 PM

Well, small world. This place is about three miles from my house. I've driven past from time to time (it's not on any of my regular routes) and wondered what they did there as there were no signs. I guess that has now changed.

A lovely barn, however, does not cover up bad deeds done in that barn. The articles is correct in that action devices generally don't "sore" a horse under the rules of the HPA. They can, and frequently do, cause a horse to be sore in the veterinary sense. I note the author doesn't have the good sense to try for this distinction and the owner certainly was not going to help her out.

I'm not sure just what the purpose of the article was. It doesn't offer an appologia for the Big Lick horse but neither does it call out the process for its known issues.


Corporal 06-03-2013 03:26 PM

"For some, the 3-inch-high horseshoes and accompanying ankle chains are the equipment of valuable athletes, harmless and necessary accoutrements...
For others, they represent cruelty, a stain on the breed, a reminder of the days when horses with open sores on their legs posed in the winner’s circle.
Middle ground is elusive."

You know, I'd like to make a comedy with people with scars on their faces walking by as cameos. The caption, "catch and release" human would scroll on the screen below.
Hope those rats (I would like to use a vulgerism here!) lose their businesses and their animals.

texasgal 06-03-2013 03:28 PM

Ummmm ... good.

toosexy4myspotz 06-03-2013 04:10 PM

Im having a hard time understanding the article if someone would like to clear things up for me I would greatly appreciate it. LoL What I am reading is pretty much that they are "banning" the padded walkers? Sorry, I have a major headache and everytime I try to read the article I am skipping words and it isnt making a whole lot of sense.

gunslinger 06-03-2013 04:12 PM

I'm hopeful they can change. I don't see how given the people on the board. Still, I hope so and maybe they'll surprise me.

Corporal 06-03-2013 04:18 PM

Toosexy, you should search for articles about TWH which show abuse, that have been posted here over the last several years. You'll want to cry when you witness the pain the suffering inflicted bc the "trainers" (more like inquisitioners) want to win$ in the show ring and get paid to inflict more pain on more TWH's.
IDK if you ride gaited but TWH's have a very comfortable natural running walk and smooth canter that they are born with. There is no need to use special shoes or equipment to enjoy the "Plantation Walker" gaits. The special shoes and equipement are ALL for the show ring and the bad practices have been ignored by authorities for WAY too long.
I say, "Hang 'Em High!!"

Sahara 06-03-2013 04:22 PM

Synopsis: Some politicians want to make the stacked pads and ankle chains illegal.

Breeders and owners are claiming if you take those away they will lose millions and their horses will have no value.

Guilherme 06-03-2013 04:39 PM


Originally Posted by Sahara (Post 2695562)
Synopsis: Some politicians want to make the stacked pads and ankle chains illegal.

Breeders and owners are claiming if you take those away they will lose millions and their horses will have no value.

One of the hard truths of the Walker world is that the horses that need these extreme devices to perform their gait won't have much value if you take the devices away. In this the article is spot on. They have been bred for almost half a century to be compatible with the devices, vice performing the correct running walk. It will take several generations of intelligent breeding to begin to restore the genetic damage done to the breed. But the idea that we have to continue these outrageous practices or "the horses will go for meat" is about as morally and ethically bankrupt as you can get!

The Big Lick horse is not so much "trained" as "made" or "manufactured." The gait is "nailed on," not achieved by work or breeding. Some horses take to it better than others, but that's not saying much.

The "Performace" industry maintains that the practices to create the Big Lick are not harmful to the horse if done correctly. IMO this is wrong. While the devices, themselves, might not be so harmful the movement created IS. Or maybe the movement would not be harmful if not caused by the devices. Frankly there's not a lot of reliable science, here.

In any event there's a lot of money on the table.


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