SHELBYVILLE, TN – Trying to rally the Big Lick troops the Editor of The Walking Horse Report http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10410 while not having a mystical purple couch The Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard
speaks fervently to the Big Lick supporters urging them to man the defenses against the momentum of the coming Sound Tennessee Walking Horse once the pads and chains are removed.
Howard starts out by talking about “industry” and “the horse and SPORT you love” are under attack by radical activists.
He repeatedly talks about the “SPORT you love” and “the Horse”.
The only thing wrong with that Mr. Editor is that no one asks the horses if they “love” being “fixed” in order for people, not horses, to enjoy their “Big Lick” sport.
Then the next thing the Editor does is start attacking humane organizations and those who support them, but then backs off of that and tries telling all the positive aspects of the situation and refers people to the lengthy PSHA diatribe http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10383
If you are having trouble sleeping, reading this might help and pretty soon you will be snoring Pshaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Pshaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
When all else fails, the Editor tries the Baghdad Bob approach:
then continues merrily with such worn out phraseology:
- Outlaws weighted shoes which would “eliminate” close to 85% of the horse show divisions.
- 96.6% Compliance rate.
No better games are played than the “Compliance” game. What it means is your horse can be “some” sore, but not “too” sore in order to “compliant”. In order to be compliant, in the name of SPORT, the Walking Horse Trainer Boyz use numbing agents on the pasterns or injected, and painful things such as ties on tongues to keep the horse from reacting to inspectors. And of course, the old fashioned method of stewarding by slapping the horse upside the head with an ax handle or twitch is also used. There are the “horse switching” scams and various and assorted methods of assuring compliance.
The “Saviour” horse “Honors” was not compliant at all at the 2013 Celebration.. Just missed having a two footer on the first Saturday night.
And the game of trying to keep “Honors” compliant has been going on since he was two years old.
- The Auburn study which shows that pads and action devices 6 oz “action devices” better known as chains, does not hurt a horse.
Here is what Auburn Vet Dean J. T. Vaughan had to say distancing himself from the non peer reviewed “Auburn Study”: “Of greater concern to me than what happens at the pastern is what goes on under the shoe and pad. Close-nailed shoes, pared-down feet, and pressure applied to the soles by various devices are abominations. Frankly, I have to go on record as finding the elongated feet objectionable. I greatly favor the flat-shod horse. It’s more natural and more humane. I know that puts me in diametric opposition to the industry.”
Then the Editor gets way out there by saying:
- Super majority are for Sound Horses.
- Elimination of any soring
- Love of a “sport” that promotes:
- Family values
- Honest competition
- Love of horses
- Elimination of any soring that exists.
Family values, really? The family that watches sored “compliant” horses is closr or what?
Please tell me what you need the chain for?
How can you have honest competition when you are soring horses in order to obtain a competitive advantage?
Love of horses – how can any horse love being trained”sore” and shown “sore”?
Elimination of any soring that exists.
Can you truly have a “sport” where the practice of soring is so institutionalized.
Mr. Editor, please look at the HPA Violations of the Rider Cup:
Mr. Editor, you are about 37 year old the discussion about change has been going on for virtually your entire lifetime.
And as the knowledgeable lady who worked as Consultant to the 2010 Celebration SHOW HIO said the other day:
“The Time Is Up”.