"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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

NEWS and ARTICLES - Barney Davis Soring Horses While on Bond

Many of you probably remember about the four SSHBEA people who were found not only soring horses, but also falsifying papers about horses. If you don't, check out below.

Now, one of the four, Barney Davis, has been locked up. Why? Because he was videotaped soring a horse while he was on bond.

From the article of The Republic of Columbia, Indiana: "[Davis], a defendant in a Tennessee horse soring case has surrendered his pre-trial bond and been locked up in response to a video that shows him building a block to affect a horse's gait and being present when a plate and bolt were inserted in a horse's foot area, his attorney said Friday." Click here for the full article. I have copied and pasted it below.

This monster has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him for soring horses and falsifying papers, and then this happens. Even his attorney says: "I really feel what he as doing was certainly inconsistent with what his obligations were on bond."

To the TWH/SSH Industry: Do you see now why we are so against what you do? You allowed this monster to go ahead and continue abusing horses. Don't think you're responsible for it? Well, you are. You are because since the industry does nothing more than give a slap on the wrist when they do wrong, Davis probably felt it was perfectly okay to continue soring horses. You're also responsible because someone allowed this monster work on their horse while he was on bond, so whomever allowed him to do this doesn't have respect for the law either. So, if you don't take it seriously, why would your members, owners, trainers and exhibitors take it seriously?

I was told recently that an HPA violation is no worse than a speeding ticket. So I guess in that respect, getting caught dog fighting is no worse than doing a little graffiti. Or perhaps canned hunts are no worse than littering. Face the facts, people: violating a federal law absolutely IS NOT similar to a speeding ticket. Here is the proof. Davis is going to pay for his stupidity. The industry should also pay, for he has certainly tarnished your reputation, and eventually you are going to run out of spit to try to shine it back up.

May many more trainers like Davis be caught, and may they be caught soon, for the sake of protecting the horse.


Horse soring defendant locked up after video shows him working on horse while on bond

BILL POOVEY Associated Press

First Posted: July 29, 2011 - 12:12 pm
Last Updated: July 29, 2011 - 1:32 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A defendant in a Tennessee horse soring case has surrendered his pre-trial bond and been locked up in response to a video that shows him building a block to affect a horse's gait and being present when a plate and bolt were inserted in a horse's foot area, his attorney said Friday.

A U.S. magistrate ordered Barney Davis, 38, of Lewisburg detained and set an Aug. 11 bond revocation hearing. His trial is set for Oct. 18.

Prosecutors seeking to revoke Davis's bond contend in a statement that he violated court-ordered conditions that included staying away from horses he did not own and avoiding training horses and any soring practices.

Soring involves irritating a horse's foreleg and hoof to make the animal walk with a certain gait that is valued at competitions. The illegal practice can involve bolts driven into horses' hooves, attaching objects to their legs or using pain-producing chemicals.

Davis, who operates a stable, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act. A conviction carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.

Three other defendants in the case, Christen Altman, 25, and Paul Blackburn, 35, both of Shelbyville, and Jeffery Bradford, 33, of Lewisburg, remain free.

A superseding indictment in April also includes charges of falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork. Prosecutors contend Davis and Altman collected payments from out-of-state clients based on false representations the animals would be legally trained and then used mechanical and chemical soring practices.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Poole declined comment Friday about the case and Davis being placed in custody in Bradley County.

Davis' attorney, John Norton III of Shelbyville, said Friday that after seeing the video of his client he advised him to surrender his bond at the Thursday hearing. It was not clear where the video came from, but Norton described it as "persuasive."

He said Davis "appeared helping form a block to the horse's foot area" and was "present when a plate and bolt was inserted in a horse's foot area."

"I really feel what he was doing was certainly inconsistent with what his obligations were on bond," Norton said.

Norton said he had not previously discussed a possible plea deal for Davis. He said he was unsure if prosecutors have discussed a plea deal any of the other defendants.

"Unfortunately in a case like this, everybody picks a corner," Norton said.

He said there a lot of witnesses and predicted the trial could take several weeks.

An attorney for Altman, Jerry Summers of Chattanooga, previously told U.S. Magistrate Bill Carter that about 30 horse owners each pay $400 a month to have Davis keep and train their animals.


gailk said...

So...I am not totally sure what happens on Aug. 11th. Does this mean his opportunity to "bond out" will be revoked on that day and that he gets to stay in jail until his trial date in Oct? I have such little faith in any of the punishments handed out, as compared to what happens to the horses at the hands of these people who really are darker than the underbelly of a black snake at midnight!!Where is the justice for the horses? Some people have said the horses are "just animals".....I would argue as to WHO are really the ANIMALS here!! I pray for the horses and for the "judgement day" (of these people)...the judgement day that REALLY matters and I hope it will be severe and swift!!!! Actually, I will rephrase that.....severe and SLOW!!!

For the Tennessee Walking Horse said...

As far as I understand, that's what's going to happen. I imagine that video is going to be death of Davis' career. He'll spend a lot of time in jail.

gailk said...

I am sure if he spent a lifetime in jail, it would not even equate to the harm he has done to ONE horse. But.......every little bit of justice is good. Maybe if it happens enough...others may think it is possibly time to "defect". Keep up the awesome, tireless crusade. With you to the end (mine or soring!!!)You are amazing!!!

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