LEXINGTON, KY – If you have a horse that is being shown on stacks of pads with chains and the skin on the horses pasterns is sensitized to react to the pain caused by a chain hitting it when the horse is being exhibited creating the Big Lick, and you need a fellow to ‘splain all this, who do you call?
The Walking Horse Report Editor, and PSHA spokesperson Jeffrey Howard called up public relations guru Phil Osborne of Lexington, Kentucky and hired him to put a “happy face” on the institutionalized practice of horse soring which plagues the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse. The problem has been so bad for so long that the only remedy is the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIO system and making horse soring a federal felony.
Osborne, a skilled professional, gave it his best shot and applied the lipstick to the pig – complete with ladies running shoes, loose going foals and some nice older fellow running along side a Big Lick horse with a young child up, and the horse with about a 10 inch gag bit in his mouth and a pained expression in his eyes doing the “way high” in the name of “sport” and “family entertainment”.
Here is Phil’s handiwork:
Phil, you were doing pretty good with your picture show, then you got off into the “deep end” of the swimming pool.
PHIL’S PURPLE WHOPPER #1
- Please understand we do not endorse, approve condone soring or harming our horses. We are sickened by what Mr. McConnell did to the horses under his care. When Lance Armstrong finally admitted he used illegal drugs it was a black eye for bike racing. When 3000 horses die over a three year period in the thoroughbred racing Industry it is an embarrassment to that Industry. Every time a football or baseball player uses illegal drugs it is a black eye for that sport. When a NASCAR driver cheats it is a black eye for that Industry. But NO politician has ever suggested eliminating an entire Industry because of these types of offensive behaviors. Instead all of these Industries have implemented additional oversight and scrutiny to prevent further problems. We believe we are doing this and the Industry should not be eliminated because 1 man chose to do something horrendous.
Phil, the record shows that you DO endorse, approve, condone soring and harming horses – why – because they are under a system of institutionalized soring – which begins at the barn and then continues into the show ring. Phil, you probably don’t know, but Jackie McConnell was an insider. He was a Celebration Hall of Fame Trainer. He had been at his trade and craft for 40 years – he did nothing the rest weren’t doing.
Jackie just got caught.
The stewarding and fixing the Tennessee Walking Horse that the ABC Nightline audience saw is common place in training barns and has been for years. You and Purple Strategies are flacks, and you have no clue what you are paid to write. Your sports analogies are the same shuck and jive David L. Howard was spinning out
down on the federal courthouse steps in Chattanooga in May 2012 when Jackie McConnell pled guilty.
They weren’t persuasive then, and they are not persuasive now.
Phil, please listen closely to what I am going to tell you – The Big Lick sored horse is not “sport” or “family entertainment”. It is seductive, addictive – and painful to the horses. And the trainers know what they are doing, and the customers are part of the conspiracy or else in deep denial. In your pretty pictures, you didn’t include any saran wrap or duct tape or go jo or light mix or scruff combs or toothbrushes or salicylic acid or benzocaine numbing agent or magic marker to hide scars or tongue ties or clips to create distracting pain so a horse won’t react when he undergoes digital palpation. And Phil, next time you get Jeffrey on the telephone, please ask him about the “blue putty”, and you might as well just ask him what they do they really need the chain for?
Phil, horse soring is criminal, and you can’t have the big lick without pain to the horses in the training methods or the exhibition of them. After they get sored for a while, they develop a conditioned response and then it doesn’t take as much to get them to wave their legs. But never doubt that soring had something to get them to that point. And it’s been going on for decades – way before Jeffrey hired you to apply the lipstick to the pig.
PHIL’s PURPLE WHOPPER #2 PRESSURE SHOEING
- You may of course hear from the HSUS/Whitfield radicals that the package allows “pressure shoeing” or the ability to put things in between the package and the horses hoof/sole. Again the actual facts don’t bear out their inflammatory statements. In the last 5 years and for over hundreds of thousands of inspections the USDA has not written one pressure shoeing violation to our knowledge. The only pressure shoeing violation was found and written by the HIO, on a horse that had no pad.
had to say about pressure shoeing:
AUBURN VET SCHOOL DEAN TOM VAUGHAN
“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.”
Phil, do you have any pretty pictures, slick language or Purple Whoppers to top the words of Auburn Vet School Dean Emeritus Dr. Tom Vaughan?