SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s sore horse gang desperately needs a “Bogey Man” to attack to distract the public’s attention for the Big Lick shortcomings and its exposed cruelty to animals.
Times are not good in Lickerville.
The United States Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved the PAST ACT.
It is now a live bullet.
Over 60% of the United States Congress – 269 Representatives and 51 Senators want the pads and chains removed from the Tennessee Walking Horses.
The April 11, 2014 edition of The Walking Horse Report is 32 pages.
Two weeks ago it was 24 pages.
No mares are being bred in the Spring of 2014.
All because of the David L. Howard’s upper crust PSHA gang and their sharecroppers, the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ, refuse to give up the soring.
According to a 2012 USDA commissioned survey, the majority of the money made in the Walking Horse Show business, a whopping 44%, goes for Advertising. The Advertising beneficiary is David L. Howard. It’s an institutionalized pyramidal scheme where the money flows up from the Big Lick horses and the customers pay for everything – trainers, vets, farriers, barn help, and the lions share is for ADVERTISING.
Howard’s answer to all this is to try and make Humane animal welfare groups scapegoats.
Howard would never attempt to confront native Tennesseans Dr. John Haffner, Horse Science Faculty at MTSU, or Clay Harlin whose family owns the famed Harlinsdale Farm.
We cleaned up most of the corruption in TWHBEA except for the one that plagued the industry
- Soring was off-limits and was not going away
It was becoming apparent and frustrating that no one wanted to end the practice of soring
The majority of its leaders were trying to keep soring contained and appear respectable
- It was obvious that the industry was never going to grow past it
- I was disillusioned that no one could see the potential for growth based on a sound industry
Then at the National Trainers Show in Shelbyville two weeks ago, the USDA inspection figures show that the “compliance rate” was again nowhere near 98.6% that the sore Big Lick crowd tries to claim
Again, it was about 85% which means about 2 of 10 horses inspected were sore.
Here’s how it went down:
The 2014 Trainers Show had 255 horses inspected.
The 2013 Trainers Show had 520 horses inspected.
TOTAL NUMBER 0F 2014 TRAINERS SHOW DISQUALIFICATIONS
10 S.H.O.W. HIO Disqualifications ““ 96% Compliance Rate
27 USDA Disqualifications
37 Total HPA Disqualifications ““ 85.5% Compliance Rate
255 Horses Inspected with 37 Disqualifications = 14.5% NOT “COMPLIANT”
“Compliance” = 85.50%, NOT 98.6%.
Then things get more interesting:
227 Horses Shown (Made It Into The Show Ring) Over Three Nights:
46 SATURDAY (31 BIG LICK ON SATURDAY NIGHT)
227 TOTAL Horses Shown
–42 Flat shod, Halter, Lead line, Model
185 Big Lick Horses Shown
Hypothetically, there were 37 disqualifications on 255 total horses inspected, then USDA data shows that based on its 2013 Inspections, 81%* of the Horses disqualified from showing were wearing pads and action devices. Applying that percentage to the Trainers Show, that would be 30 of the 37 violations at the Trainers Show were on Big Lick horses (padded and chains) and resulted in their being disqualified.
This would result in a 88.25% compliance rate ““ far, far from 98.6.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S VIEWPOINT
The Walking Horse Report editorial excerpts today reflect that Mr. Howard, rather than confronting and dealing with the problem, would rather tilt at a windmill:
“As far as the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is concerned it has become a pariah because the HSUS has spent millions of dollars misrepresenting the Industry to the media, (WHAT DID THE JACKIE MCCONNELL ABC NIGHTLINE VIDEO MISREPRESENT) Congress and others and the Industry lacks the financial ability to get the truth out to these same people. There have been abuses ““ admitted. But to state that all Tennessee Walking Horses are sored is a total misrepresentation. (DR. HAFFNER SAYS YOU CAN’T HAVE THE BIG LICK WITHOUT SORE) To claim that the “big lick” can only be achieved by soring is a total misrepresentation. To claim that the pad and action device causes soring is a total misrepresentation. To claim that there is “rampant” abuse within the horse Industry is a total misrepresentation. (1.5 OF EVERY 10 HORSES AT TRAINERS SHOW IS SORE, PROBABLY MORE – HONORS TURNED DOWN – I AM JOSE BAD IMAGE)
The facts are that somewhere between 96.7% and 99% of all Tennessee Walking horses are not sored, are not cruelly treated and are in compliance with the law. Those facts come from the USDA’s own findings and from FOSH, an Industry group that has the most complete database of alleged HPA violations on record. The fact is that pads and action devices do not cause soring as factually proven by the USDA through the 7 year Auburn study. (AUBURN STUDY – NOT PEER REVIEWED AND OVER 30 YEARS OLD – AUTHOR WILL NOT APPEAR WITH BIG LICK PEOPLE) The fact is that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or on record agreeing that the pads and action devices do not cause soring. (AVMA AND AAEP SUPPORT PAST ACT TO REMOVE PADS AND CHAINS BECAUSE WALKING HORSE RACKET REFUSES TO SELF REGULATE OVER 40 YEARS)
And they have convinced certain politicians and others that an amendment is needed. They were able to get the amendment out of the Senate because they told them “it’s not controversial” ““ another HSUS misrepresentation. (THE PEOPLE AND VETERINARY GROUPS ARE BEHIND THE PAST ACT IS WHY IT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE) And of course they have used the money unsuspecting citizens gave them for abused animals to pay lobbyists like Constance Harrimam”“Whitfield (you guessed it Congressman Whitfield’s wife who is a paid lobbyist/employee of the HSUS ), the AVMA, Jay Hickey at the American Horse Council and others (currently numbering some 17 lobbyists and more than $1 million to date, which shows why this is so crucial to their real anti-agriculture agenda) (SINCE WHEN DID THE AVMA, AAEP, AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAY HICKEY BECOME AGAINST AGRICULTURE) to use their lobbying efforts and influence to push this amendment and therefore advance their anti-agriculture agenda. And then they have the audacity to attack those elected representatives that see through their misrepresentation and misstatements (TENNESSEE’S TWO MAJOR NEWSPAPERS, THE TENNESSEAN AND CHATTANOOGA FREE PRESS CRITICIZED SENATOR ALEXANDER AND REPRESENTATIVE BLACKBURN FOR INTRODUCING BILLS TO LEAVE THE PADS AND CHAINS AND TO ENABLE SORING THROUGH FAILED SELF REGULATION) who propose a law that would give oversight of the Industry to an Independent Board using objective science based technology to eliminate the few remaining issues within the Industry. But it doesn’t give the HSUS their Federal Animal Cruelty Law for any practice that causes a horse distress. And it doesn’t advance their agenda and strategic goal of “the abolition of all animal agriculture.” according to J.P. Goodwin, Director of Animal Cruelty Policy for HSUS.
Personally we thank the elected representatives that are standing up for the farmer, agriculture and all horse owners, breeders and trainers. We only wish that other politicians would take the time to read and understand their proposed amendment and not buy in to the misrepresentations the HSUS keeps repeating.” (THE PAST ACT IS NOT COMPLICATED. THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES READ IT. SO DID THE MEMBERS OF TWHBEA WHO VOTED 63% LANDSLIDE FOR PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT WHICH WILL: 1. REMOVE PADS AND CHAINS. 2. ELIMINATE THE CORRUPT HIO SYSTEM 3. MAKE HORSE SORING A FEDERAL FELONY WITH SEVERE PUNISHMENTS)
Mr. Howard apparently doesn’t realize some things:
- The Public has rejected the sore Big Lick.
- The Public is the reason that over 60% of Congress supports the removal of pads and chains.
- The Public is the reason the Walking Horse Report only has 32 pages.
- The Public is the reason no mares are being bred.
Mr. Howard, “Tilting At Windmills” is NOT going to get the job done.
You have personally run this thing into the ground. And you have lost just about all support from within the sore Big Lick crowd. So far, none of what you have supported has worked, from the USDA Law Suit, to the bogus Swabbing Initiative, to your trying to keep people from showing before other HIOs or not being able to show at the Celebration, to S.H.O.W. HIO, to TWSHO, to Purple Strategies to PSHA to now.
Neither is putting rude and crude WHATTAJAYROE out front to yahoo rant and rave.
Or putting Humane officials pictures on trash cans.
Mr. Howard, if you want to see the real Bogeyman, please take a look in the mirror the next time you shave. Can you please suggest something that will take care of the problem you see?