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If you have a photo of crappy show riding, know of a jerkwad trainer or judge, or someone in the show world that is an abusive piece of shit then send the info to me. This blog is not anti-showing, it's anti-abuse. So there is no truth to the claims from the TWH, ASB, western pleasure and dressage zombies that I'm trying to shut showing down. Instead I'm trying to make showing more honest and to get abusive practices out of the showring! Email me at shameinthehorseshowring@gmail.com

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kentucky cuts off funding for walking horse abuse

My comments in Red

By The Lexington Herald-Leader
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for withholding taxpayer subsidies of horse torture.
Commission members wisely balked at renewing the Kentucky Walking Horse Association's eligibility for state breeders' incentives. The breeders fund, which comes from a state tax on Thoroughbred stud fees, provided more than $387,000 to walking-horse owners in 2007, including some who had been cited for violating the federal law against "soring."

Is that too freaking cool or what? It's about time someone stepped up and said: Enough! on the abuse issue.

The practice of intentionally injuring a show horse's lower legs to manufacture an extraordinarily high step has been outlawed for decades.

Thank you for calling it what it is: A manufactored gait. There is nothing natural about a Tennessee Walking horse showing on stacks.

>But compliance has been spotty, and show exhibitors often just put their horses on a trailer and leave when U.S. Department of>Agriculture veterinarians show up to inspect horses for signs of "soring." The commission left the door open for the walking-horse group to re-apply for the incentive program.

When hell freezes over of padding gets outlawed.

Approval should continue to be withheld until there are credible>safeguards against abuse of horses and the law. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/62034.html

AFT! I can only hope that other states will follow suit and take very public measures to stop abuse in the show ring!