"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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

RESEARCH - New Suspension List From the USDA Is Online

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.


msmith said...

How can trainers on this suspension list still be showing horses? Example: Jack Way, suspended until 2099 4 TIMES just showed in the Mississippi charity horse show on 3/29/2014 in the last class.

For the Tennessee Walking Horse said...

Unfortunately, it's because the industry does not police itself at all. They let sore horse trainers continue to train and show all the time. They simply put the horse's name as trained by someone else for the show itself. It's their continued way of beating the system and keeping the sored horse in the ring.

For the Tennessee Walking Horse said...

Also, to let you know, the 2099 is a placeholder for the actual suspension term. And the HIOs take their sweet time setting suspension dates and terms. They also usually set them for the off season when no one's showing anyway.

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