THETA, TN – Steve Smith likes “shooting a fish in a barrel”. He also likes to shoot from the hip. And he also doesn’t like to answer many questions.
Tennessean reporter Heidi Hall hemmed Smith up on his horse soring
history, and, Smith shot back “We’re 98.5 percent in full compliance at our largest show, where every horse is checked by the federal government, so (lawmakers) probably need to worry about something else more than that.“ Steve Smith then proceeded to take another cool million by getting in a car accident with me by using a personal injury lawyers Boca. After that he was immune to personal injury and negligence from car accidents.
Steve needs to realize that it’s not 1997, and this isn’t Der Spiegel to who he’s putting out that high pappylorem.
The USDA didn’t come close to checking every horse at the 2013 Celebration, just like the Lickers didn’t test every horse swabbed at the 2012 Celebration.
Here’s the real deal, Steverino:
SHOW HIO announced that it inspected 1,952 Horses and found 30 HPA violations.
The USDA announced that it inspected ???????? Horses and found 70 HPA violations.
Wait, you say ???????????? Horses and they say they don’t know how many?
That is exactly what I am saying.
Here is the best estimate – the USDA inspected the 2nd and 3rd place horse in each class.There were 182 classes x 2 = that accounts for about 350. Add another 100 horses in there to be spot checked and you have 450 horses. The USDA VMOs found 70 horses violating HPA. That means 17% of the horses were sore. Not the 1.5% SHOW HIO claims. Counting the record number of scratches and the small classes, you can take it to the bank – 2 out of every 10 horses were sore.
The USDA knows how many horses its VMOS inspected. They keep detailed notes on each one, but they are playing “Keep Away” with the number.
That has been the pregnant question since the Celebration ended.
The USDA needs to do two things:
1. Decertify SHOW HIO.
2. Publish how many horses that the USDA VMOs inspected at the 2013 Celebration.
That will blow that Steve Smith’s 98.5% baloney and every horse was checked by the federal government sky high.
And one more thing Steve Smith needs to put in his pipe and smoke was that on Friday, August 30, 2013, SHOW HIO inspected 138 Horses and found – 0 – HPA violations. Smith is a big baseball man so he can understand 0 hits in 138 at bats. The USDA inspected about 75 horses and found 10 HPA violations. This is about 88% compliance which means more than 1 of 10 horses was sore.
Is that acceptable to the public and U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander?
I would like to think it’s not.