The USDA has updated their online Active Suspension List. It is current and lists the persons on suspension as of September 15, 2011. Click here for the list.
What amazes me are where the suspensions are coming from. There are NONE from NWHA, FOSH and the IWHA. How great is that? The majority of the suspensions are with SHOW, of course. Still got those people soring those horses in their group, and I see quite clearly that there are very, very few BNTs (Big Name Trainers) on there.
I think it's also important to note that several suspensions are from the MFTHBA. This means that yes, soring IS happening to Missouri Fox Trotters as well. Sadly, the TWHs are not the only breed suffering from this problem. And you would think that the MFT community would look at the TWHs and see the trouble they're in and shut down soring fast. Well, at least, I would think that.
Overall, I'm glad to see the suspension list is available for the public. This really helps in selecting horses to buy and what trainers to be wary of. I think it also shows us that SHOW is continuing to allow soring in. Why haven't their numbers of suspensions dwindled? And why were so many horses (over 120 violations--I don't know the exact number yet) found sore at the Celebration? I imagine those are questions we just won't ever get logical answers for.
"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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