MURFREESBORO, TN – Blazing the trail toward a Sound Tennessee Walking Horse, WHOA announced today changes approved overwhelmingly by its Board of Directors to improve the image and marketability of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
For immediate release: Contact Walking Horse Owners Association 615-494-8822
February 8, 2014
WHOA REMAINS COMMITTED TO THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
Murfreesboro, TN – Born out of commitment to the interests of the Tennessee Walking Horse, it’s owners, and the walking horse industry, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) continues to work towards bettering the image of the Tennessee Walking Horse. An improved image will result in favorable interest in our horses among the general public. This in turn will expand the market for Tennessee Walking Horses and increase pride of ownership.
To that end, the WHOA Board of Directors has approved the following Pleasure Division rule changes to go into effect immediately:
1. Toe length for all horses competing at WHOA shows and events will be limited to 5 inches.
2. Only clear hoof polish will be allowed at WHOA shows and events.
3. Tungsten shoes will be prohibited on the show grounds during WHOA shows and events.
4. Hoof bands will be prohibited on the show grounds during WHOA shows and events.
Each of these rule changes was proposed and approved based on the belief that presenting our horses in this manner will make the general public more aware of the soundness of the Tennessee Walking Horse, thus improving its image and marketability.
Items #s1,3 and 4 will enhance the natural gait of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The tungsten shoes can weigh 4 – 5 lb each and cost approximately $2,500.00 for a pair. A pair of regular shoes costs $21.00 a pair and weight approximately 2.5 lb each.
Hoof bands can be used to heighten sensitivity. Eliminating them entirely and removing the heavy tungsten shoes are Sound measures.
The use of clear hoof polish ensures that nothing can be hidden by use of opaque polishes.
Radar applauds WHOA.