SHELBYVILLE, TN – The David L. Howard controlled PSHA with Jeffrey Howard as PSHA Spokesperson has been putting out propaganda that removing the pads and chains from the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse would result in an economic calamity of mega proportions.
With all these warnings of dire things to come, one can only wonder how WHOA is doing so well? WHOA has an upward trend based around the flat shod horse. While the sore Big Lick has been in decline, the number of WHOA shows since 2008 has doubled from 35 to 71, and the number of entries from 7,652 to 13,624.
PSHA issues broad brush statements, but does not provide any details backing up its claims. Maybe Phil Osborne can be forthcoming on this.
According to Jeffrey, the disaster would include:
- Elimination of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed
- Eliminate charitable giving.
- Eliminate tens of thousands of jobs.
- Eliminate a total division of the equine breed, impacting more than 10,000 horses that would be deemed no longer fit for their intended purpose.
- Eliminate tens of thousands of jobs for trainers, veterinarians, farmers and other support personnel
Where to start?
HOW ABOUT JUST THE PLAIN OLD TRUTH?
- At the 2013 Celebration, there were only about 500 padded Big Lick Horses shown.
- There are about 50,000 Tennessee Walking Horses alive, and a good estimate is that in 2014, there are less than 1,000 padded horses and maybe 100 trainers.
- The sore Big Lick is about 2% of the Tennessee Walking Horses.
- The sore Big Lick horses are concentrated in the “RED” area on this map:
- With less than 100 sore Big Lick trainers left. How can 500 -1,000 padded horses eliminate thousands of jobs for trainers, farriers, vets and support people? It might eliminate 300 jobs – not tens of thousands. The 300 could retrain and go back to work and embrace the future.
- Regarding charitable giving, PSHA claims are not supportable. Charities are very innovative in finding new sources of revenue when existing sources dry up. The sore Big Lick shows are no longer supported by the public because of the SORING. Plus, once the breed revives after PAST, the charities will be in an even better position. If charitable funding is based on illegal and inhumane activity, the fact that a charity indirectly benefits does not legitimize the illegal and inhumane activity. It is still immoral, illegal and wrong.
There will be a more detailed discussion of the PSHA claims of economic calamity in future posts if PSHA will provide some details supporting its claims. You can hold your breath on this one.
So far, WHOA’s hard numbers refute PSHA claims of the “Sky Will Fall” and so do these pictures showing the bright future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed once the pads and chains are removed, and the sore Big Lick is removed to the museum.