"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, May 23, 2012

VIDEOS - Now For Some Relief...

I'm sure many of you have heard about McConnell's plea and the like, and I will have some information up soon about it that I did some research on.  And yes, it's official: McConnell has been banned for life from the National Celebration and the grounds.  More on that later.

But for now, here's some relief...

Here is an interview with Scot MacGregor, owner of MacGregor Stables in Tennessee.  Scot is another wonderful flat shod horse trainer who uses classical dressage and training methods and avoids gadgets and gimmicks when working with his Walking Horses.  Click here for this wonderful piece by WZTV FOX 17 that Scot was interviewed for.

I love this.  Not only does he acknowledge the problem and points out that there are those of us out there who do the training right, but he also doesn't make excuses for the industry and feigns shock like Mullins, TWHBEA, and other groups are doing.  And check out that gorgeous mare--what movement!  THANK YOU SCOT for all your hard work!  Be sure to check out Scot's website for great training tips and general information about training TWHs the right way.

And here is a wonderful video from Germany, a barefoot AND bitless Tennessee Walking Horse!  Who says you can't get a TWH to gait without a bit?

NOTE: Many people who know me know I don't use shoes or bits, but I AM NOT against either.  The way I see it is: horses should only be shod to protect the hoof, and nothing more, and only riders need bits, not horses.  But that's something to talk about at another time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wish I could ride my walking horse that well.Beautiful horse excellent rider.

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