"Today, Tennessee Walking Horses are known throughout the industry
as the breed that shows abused and tortured horses."

~ Jim Heird, Ph.D., Do Right By The Horse, February 2010

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, July 31, 2008

NEWS UPDATED - Exhibitors Leave Major TWH Show in KY

This information was sent to me via email on July 8, 2008.

Click for FEDS PUT CRIMP IN HORSE SHOW - EXHIBITORS WITHDRAW FROM KY SHOW TO AVOID USDA - By Janet Patton, posted on the KY Herald website on July 8, 2008

Click for THE SADISTIC TREATMENT OF WALKING HORSES - By Bonnie Erbe, posted on U.S. News and World Report website on July 9, 2008 (response to exhibitors having left the KY show)

Click for WALKING HORSE EXHIBITORS WITHDRAW FROM KY SHOW TO AVOID USDA - By Pat Raia, posted on TheHorse.com on July 10, 2008

From the Lexington Herald-Leader, July 8, 2008:

"One of the largest walking horse shows in Kentucky virtually ground to a halt last week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors arrived, escorted by Kentucky State Police. "They're here to inspect horses and the folks that were here to show decided not to show. That's their prerogative," said Earl Rogers Jr., manager of the Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show and the president of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association.

"Rogers said that USDA inspectors arrived Thursday [July 3, 2008] for the last two days of the four-day show, in which 500 to 550 horses are typically shown. After the inspectors arrived, only 40 were shown. Hundreds of entrants turned their horse vans around and left."

HOW YOU CAN HELP - Petition to Save the TWH

A new organization has started up called One Horse at a Time, Inc. They are dedicated to helping horses in need across the U.S. Their work is related to helping horses not be sent to Canada or Mexico for slaughter, help abused and neglected horses get rehabilitated, and to help end the practice of soring TWHs.

Click for petition

This is a link to their petition they are sending around to get signatures to send to Congressmen, legislators, and other such people to make them aware of the practice of soring and that it needs to stop. They are looking for 5,000 signatures. Please take the time to sign their petition, whether you own TWHs or not, even whether if you own a horse or not.

ARTICLE - Important Article in Equus Concerning Soring

The July 2008 issue of Equus has a good article about the Sound Horse Conference and the recent finding that soring still prevails.

ARTICLE - Walking Horse Article in Horse Illustrated

There's a brand new article about TWHs in the July issue of Horse Illustrated. It's an excellent article showcasing the versatility of the Walking Horse. Information from NWHA, FOSH and TWHBEA is included. Be sure to pick up your issue!

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