I am thrilled to have been sent the link to these articles. These were presented in the American Farriers Journal last year, and are phenomenal in exposing what is truly going on in the sore horse industry. Mr. Lessiter, the author of the article, owns Lessiter Publications, and is well respected in the horse publication and journal industries for his accurate and important information. I don't have the exact dates of when these were published, but because of the text and the dates on the photos, we can assume the articles were published last year.
Soring: Disgraceful Practice Continues (Part 1)
Soring: Pressure Mounts to End Soring (Part 2)
Soring: Serious Challenges to End Soring (Part 3)
Soring: Turning Up the Heat on Soring (Part 4)
From the introduction page to the links:
"Frank Lessiter's 4-part series from American Farriers Journal on the subject of soring is now available for free online. These articles examine how trainers resort to abusive and unethical treatments to enhance horses' animation to gain an edge in the show rings. They also examine how groups are trying to uncover and ban these reprehensible acts."
Check out the photos, epecially the x-rays in Part 2--they are amazing. Note the dates the x-rays were taken: 2007. The stories combined with the images show us the phenomenal, solid proof that soring is still the norm in the TWH industry. Yet those who continue to sore their horses say these x-rays are doctored. Can you believe that?
Let's hope posting this information online will help convince the USDA and other groups that we have got to get rid of stacks and pads in the show ring. It's one major step that will help eliminate this practice.
"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
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