"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, September 1, 2012

NEWS and THOUGHTS - Thank You

My friends, the horses have suffered through another year of torture.  I wish I could breathe a sigh of relief, but knowing these poor, brave animals will continue to suffer weighs heavy on my heart.

I think many people heard that Chad Way--who has 16 HPA violations to his name--was banned from the Celebration for two years for bringing a horse so sore to the show that it was deemed crippled (STILL can't figure out why Inman won't ban himself...)  May God bless that poor horse and help it heal and not be thrown to slaughter or into hands that won't end it's suffering, through either rehab or humane euthanization, if necessary.

Unfortunately, the WGC that won was Walk Time Charlie, and the poor animal is out of Chad Way's barn...make your own conclusions. Chad Baucom, the rider, has one HPA violation, with the last name Baucom having a total of 32 violations between Chad, Jeanette, Eddie, Bruce, and Baucom Stables.  This information is availble on the HPA database website.

HOWEVER...I want to say how proud I am of the USDA, the HSUS, and those of you who read this blog and are on Facebook who are working to spread the word and tell the public about this horrible tragedy that continues year after year. We must continue to do so next year, and we can soldier on and win this for the horse.  To those of you who went to the protest, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, although honestly, I really just can't thank you enough. A small protest is better than none at all, and when you start small, you can build and build until you're gigantic. God bless all of you for standing up for the horse!

Photo from t-g.com by David Melson
God bless the TWH, and may this breed be freed from pads, chains, and a lifetime of pain sooner rather than later!

More to come next week...

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