Shame in the Horse Show Ring is one blog I really like to read. She tells it like it is when it comes to show venues continuing to allow abuse of all types in the show ring.
Click here for her latest post about the TWH.
Yes, the harsh language can get hard to read. But I think it's important for people to realize the message that's here. She's angry, and she's tired of the horses being abused for the sake of a ribbon, no matter what breed or discipline.
I know we'll hear all the same excuses: pads don't hurt the horse, these horses passed inspection, blah blah blah. Folks, we're dealing with an image here that makes the horses look tortured. Whether or not they're sored doesn't matter anymore. The horse world and a lot of the general public know the TWH industry's dirty secret, and so therefore when horses are being showcased as crippled, crawling spiders, people are going to think they're being abused.
She also make a great point--people WITHIN the industry need to start standing up. The problem is that plenty of people are willing to just brush off the cheaters and abusers and turn a blind eye to what's going on. Start standing up for your breed and your horses. If you want the bad image of the TWH to go away, then you need to do something about it. Make an effort to end soring for real. The industry will listen if the masses start demanding a change.
"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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