SOCIAL MEDIA, UNIVERSE – A sage lady Poster has some words of advice for Celebration Chairman David L. Howard. Please save your breath – you are trying to blow up a balloon which has a hole in it.
COMMENTARY BY BAREFOOT WALKING LADY
“David Howard is one of the least clever “businessman” I have ever seen. Most people try to cut their losses early in the game when super bad publicity comes out. Ignoring the obvious or changing the facts never pays off. First rule of public relations, admit you are wrong & try to make restitution. Every day this fight to keep torturing the TWH keeps this ugly tradition in the public eye. The result being the only people attending & participating in the Celebration are the torturers, the torture deniers & whoever else stands to profit. This is not a lot of people & or profitable. You want as many people as possible to attend & to participate so money can be made. The thing that is standing in the way of this is the revolting practice of soring. So if Mr Howard was really in it for the money, he would help remove the obstacle, soring, from the TWH Industry. This is a fact that is not going away. Too many people know the disgusting “trick” to get the Big Lick. It is illogical that the issue of money, the loss of jobs that are the reasons all these donations are being thrown at politicians to continue the practice of soring, when it is indeed the source of all the misery. Get smart Mr Howard, cut your losses, hire some real PR folks from NYC. You can turn this around, but you gotta give up the soring, pads & chains. No other way. PS I am a veteran ad & pr person.”
Barefoot Walking Lady, you miss the obvious.
The Celebration Board’s view is that If they don’t have the “Fancy High Stepping Horses” – then David L. Howard, Pat Marsh and company do not think they have anything that they can market.
And Jeffrey Howard talks about “Sport, Pageantry and Spectacle” of the Performance Horse (sore Big Lick) which you can’t have unless you sore the Horse AT the Barn, then play “cat and mouse” with the inspectors to get it past inspection. And some say (including USDA OIG) that the system is such that possibly unscrupulous DQP inspectors could be “paid off” to be sure certain Horses DO pass inspection.
TWO PAIR OF 10S – STANDARD BARN FARE – THEN THAT 6 OZ CHAIN REMINDS SHHHHHHH – PLS DON’T TELL THE TWHBEA SR VP ANYTHING ABOUT THIS
And then there is the Celebration Judges Committee – and wonder, just wonder, if any, of the Celebration Board members have ever served on the Judges Committee, and if so, who might they be?
The following guys could most likely give you the answer to that question.
Overall, the conclusion made by the Public is that the sore Big Lick is an “unmarketable” product.
So the alternatives are:
- PAST ACT becoming law.
- Some ‘natural causes’ funerals.
- The Town of Shelbyville rising up and taking the Celebration back.
- Celebration going broke from continuing to try and market the “unmarketable” sore Big Lick.
It’s all a sad circle with the treatment afforded the noble Tennessee Walking Horse being the saddest aspect of all.