Lets take this blog to the next level

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

I have a request for my readers: If you have successfully rehabbed a show horse, or gotten a rescue and taken it on to a show career then let me know, I'd love to feature you here!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Post about Posts

                                      What the hell is going on with the breeding of halter stock horses?                                     Let's explore the change of the hind legs, shall we? Good.

We'll start simple. This is a post:

Well, three posts, but you get it. Straight up and down wooden posts. They are supposed to be able to hold up a fence or a building, or show markings for boundaries. They are not meant to sway, bend, or curve.

These are hindquarters from modern AQHA/APHA/ApHC halter horses:

I'm seeing a resemblance here. Halter stock horses these days are good for nothing. They have zero angulation in the hindquarters. It's like a straight line from the pelvic bones to the ground. What the fuck happened to the proper angulations of the hindquarter? You absolutely can not get any kind of movement out of a horse that cannot even bend its rear legs properly.

One theory is, they are breeding them to be as posty as possible with straight up and down legs and column straight pasterns to hold up their enormous beefcow bulk. I can see this as true. If you were to put any normal angulation on a 15 hand tall horse that weighs 1400lbs you'd be snapping ligaments, tendons, and bones left and right under the strain of holding up all that weight. Few of them look like they can even move past a walk with their post legs.

Horses with legs like this will never have a riding career. Those legs wouldn't be able to handle it. They are good for one thing only, standing at the end of a lead rope for people to gawk at.

Anyone need something to string rails between? These guys' ass ends would make fabulous fence posts.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Tie me up, tie me down

When it comes to tie-downs, and the proponents of their use, it's a losing argument.

Why was the tie-down created?

Tie-downs were created to keep the horse from raising his head above a certain level. As in, to literally tie the head down. Some are bonnet style which go over the ears and around the crown of the horse's head. Others go over the nose. There is also a combination of both in the headstall style. Then there is the 'head-setter' tie-down that tightens. The point is, they are called tie-downs because they were created to tie the head down and prevent it from going up above a certain point.

They are not called a 'face-brace', a 'stop-helper', a 'shoulder-lifter'...

The failed 'bracing' argument...

3 out of 4 people who use tie-down's, especially barrel racers and ropers,  will tell you their horse 'needs' a tie-down to 'brace' on when running or stopping. This is absolutely NOT true. Horses running full speed at liberty (and even with a rider) will brace with their hind legs and 'drift' forward with their forelegs, while lifting their shoulders and neck. This is the natural way of things. Think of a reiner's sliding stop, that is basically how it is done, only less flashy. If your horse cannot carry himself and needs something to lean/counterbalance on then there is much more wrong than you thought. Either with his training or with his rider. Horses should naturally carry themselves, and balance on their own when maneuvering. They do not 'need' anything to help them do what nature already intended them to do.

What they affectionately call 'bracing' is due to heavy contact on the bit, as in to getting them to stop, and the horse wanting to avoid the bit and the rein pressure by throwing his head up. Much of the time this would mean hitting the rider in the face with the neck, or running away head jerked up and back, going through the bit to avoid it and the pressure it exerts.

And the argument that a horse with a tie-down cannot rear is also absolutely not true. A horse in a tie down can very much still rear, and quite a few have.

Let's face it. It's purely a crutch, a bandaid for bad training or lack of training.

The horse uses its neck, spine, and tail for balance. If you tie his head down with a tie-down you are basically asking a tight-rope walker to walk a tight-rope with no hands. That means the horse is using you and the reins for balance whenever he cannot stretch out his neck when needed. Ever wonder why so many horses trip, fall, and tip over while turning in barrel races? Most, if not practically all, are wearing tie-downs.

Tie-downs also pose more than one danger for horses. Think about this: You're cantering along and your horse trips in a small hole and goes down on the forehand. With his head tied down he cannot put his head up and out to regain his balance. What about if he should fall on a turn and get his leg caught in a tie-down used without a breast collar (which is seen far too often)? You'd have a nasty accident.

A naturally high-headed horse forced to wear a tie-down can actually be made to be in pain. Or he has a high neck/head set and that is what is natural to him, instead of teaching him to round up, come into the bridle and onto the vertical, tying his head down can cause, an upside down neck, stiffness, soreness, and even neck vertebrae issues. If the horse is not high-headed when he's in the paddock or at liberty but is when you put a saddle/bridle on him and climb on his back that usually means you have a pain, tack, fitting, etc issue. It's not the horse, it's the equipment/rider causing it. Slapping a tie-down on to stop this behavior on a naturally-lower headed horse that puts his head/neck up when being ridden will only cover up the pain/pressure/sensitivity he is trying to convey, or even cause him pain.

Barrel racers, tie-downs, and gag bits...

Whoever thought this up and made it the okay/normal thing to do needs to be shot, and if they survive, shot again. A gag bit is a pulley leverage bit. Gags with shanks are very severe, sliding gags with a gag mouthpiece also are the worst and most severe. It climbs up the mouth/face higher and higher with rein pressure. This asks the horse to raise his front end, put his hindquarter under, put his head up and his muzzle outward. A tie-down asks the horse to lower his front end under and bring his rear up, put his head down and holds his muzzle inward. These are two very conflicting, very opposing signals. Basically the horse's head has nowhere to go and if it attempts to move its head either way it is met by sharp resistance. A tiedown and a gag, lifter, elevator, draw/sliding gag, or any kind of bit used to 'raise' the head/neck/forequarter should NEVER be used together.

Using a tie-down on a speed horse can actually decrease his overall speed, as he cannot stretch out, flatten himself, and run from his center of propulsion. He cannot run properly with his head tied down being unable to use his neck properly for balance.

If you think you 'need' a tie-down, let me just say, you DON'T. You, as a rider/trainer need to go back to training and horse's anatomy 101.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I've sold the blog, no not to the little crazy asses on facebook, and will be transferring things over to the new owners this week. There will be some guest bloggers and posts, so stay tuned.

And the new owners know about the group of facebook shitwhistles, so they'll still be featured as long as they act like such a group of douche bags.

It was nice knowing and posting for all of you, now it's time to continue with my real job and let others take over the reins and shine the light on horse abuse in the show ring.

T. Jean Maus

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hiding like the cowards they are...

Really Amy, Matthew, Dave, Hill, Jarred and the rest of the chickenshits, you think forming a new secret group to hide in actually keeps the shit you say hidden? How stupid are you? The answer is very! Don't worry, it will be reported too and the nasty posts saved and forwarded to facebook.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cleve Wells again!

Looks like all of you assholes over on the Pleasure Horses forum that defended Mr. Wells the first time around feel about as stupid as those O J Simpson supporters that were glad he got off scot free. Mr. Wells has appeared on these pages before. A return visit guarantees him a place in the asshole horse abuser hall of fame!

Mr. Wells has really done it again. He's gotten suspended from the AQHA and the NSBA for cruelty. He got red carded on the Sun Circuit as asked to leave. Red carded is bad! It means that there is no doubt you are guilty. He's got a 4 year suspension. They don't give those because you messed the hair a little.
Now knowing Mr. Wells he'll skip right over to ApHC like he did last time and show at their Worlds. I'm sure there are several owners low enough to hire his sorry horse abusing ass.

He needs to have a lifetime suspension like Barney Ward. This kind of shit is sickening and does nothing to improve the image of the industry. Send him packing and make it so he cannot show anywhere ago. I don't even want to see his ass at a country fair showing rabbits.

Now back to the ongoing saga with the little internet bullies that want to trash people and act all big as shit in a closed group. I'm still going to out a few of you a week, and I might just start meta tagging your place of employment so any web searches lead right to these posts. So until every post on your group trashing someone else is gone, I'm going to keep playing tag, and by the way, I'm always it. :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

KowBoys, KowPokes and Whackueros

Doncha just love when people grow up and what to play cowboy?  I emphasize the word "play". I find it hilarious that someone thinks they can get out of highschool and be a master horseman. Or they can go to a few clinics and suddenly they're talking like Robert Duvall and steeped in equine knowledge.
It's a joke, right?

And of course the other side of it is the "KowGirl Up" group of horse abusing rodeo chicks that think blng and spurs make you Charmayne James. Think again toots. Putting some twisted wire bit on your horse and flapping around like an orgasmic jumping jack does not make you a rider.

What to do about these blights on the horse community? I'm sure Darwinism takes care of a lot of them, but unfortunately not nearly fast enough. Sometimes they gather in a group, or rather a closed group, not unlike that bunch of sheet wearing pieces of shit, the KKK, and they trash people because they think it's fun. There is really no purpose to it, it just amuses them because they think they can get away with it.

Guess again. You're closed group is not so closed. And the moderator, who sadly went to the same school that me and my sister and brother did, is nothing but a stupid version of a Mean Girl.

Meet Amy Belko yes, just look at her photos and what a horseman she is... (cough, cough). Wow I bet her early lessons on how to put the quarter in the slot on the old brown horse that was outside of K-Mart have served her well. No wonder you're so pissed off Amy, just look at you. I'm sure when you were going to Buena you were getting your ass knocked into lockers every day or you were on of the girls with the X's after their name on the bathroom wall.

Another member of her little hate group is Dave Buser Dave likes to talk to his invisible friends while on horse forum groups and to try to stir shit up. This is gotten him banned from quite a few. But according to him and the rest of the group of sick assholes they are real VAQUEROS. Right, like any self respecting vaquero would treat horses and women the way you do.

And let's not forget one of the stars of the group James McNees Wow you can visit his page and find all kinds of racist, political and sexist crap. Now that's a real KOWBOY! That's the kind of guy that when we were growing up on the Mexico Border we left to himself, because we knew his stupid racism was going to get his ass beat and we weren't going to lift a finger to save him.

Well that's enough for now except for some screen shots where these guys joke about abusing horses because it's such a fun topic!

Cori Norwalk, I realize you're as dumb as a rock, but my sister wrote Because My Daughter Grew Up With Horses, not a man. It's registered with the US Library of Congress and has been since it was written. Some dickhead, not unlike yourself, stole it and reposted it. I know who wrote it for a fact because the very FIRST place it ever appeared was on a horse forum I own. So seriously, go fuck yourself for being stupid.

And by the way, I can keep this up way longer than you dickheads. I've been on internet horse forums since the early days of prodigy and compuserve. You're nothing but a bunch of wannabes torturing your horses in between jerking off to westerns and pretending anyone gives a shit about your opinion.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm retiring from blogging. This blog is for sale. You may contact me at tjamouse@embarqmail.com

In the mean time, I've been alerted to a bunch of pieces of shit on a facebook bit forum that have decided to trash breeds, post about abusing animals and disparage legitimate trainers and clinicians. These guys are going to be outed, as I think anyone that posts "jokes" about animal abuse is a puke.
Oh and the two perverts that threatened my niece, your asses are in trouble.

So the little internet bullies are worried about this blog, and well they should be. You want to fuck with people and be all powerful in your little group? I've read your posts you ignorant pathetic losers. In the horse industry you're nothing. Some of you are barely out of high school and the rest are so stove up and worthless have to resort to threatening women and children. What a pathetic bunch of losers. I'm going to start meta tagging your names so when anyone searches you your posts are going to be the first thing they find. And OH guess what, I'm not committing slander because I'm posting your own words. It's that nice. So go ahead and threaten me like everyone else has done, you'll notice the blog is still up and running. And you admit you have another group where you harass and slander people. Wow, what a bunch of losers you are. Talk about having NO time to actually work horses when all you do is act like bullies. Other than watching Sam Elliott movies and fondling yourselves exactly what do you accomplish? Because after going through the member list I don't see any of you riding anything I'd cut up and feed the dogs. And your horsemanship ranks right up there is Gumby. What's that phrase I'm thinking of? Ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret. Forget the sandals, you assholes don't even have feet.
And yes, back in the day all the breed associations watched this blog because I was outing the abuse. Guess I need to alert them it's back up and running. 

And hey dickheads, I've been going through your member list and seeing which of you losers have horse businesses, looks like a few saddlery and several back yard wannebe trainers! You're all going to be internet stars here! As long as your shitastic bully forum stays open I'm going to feature a few of you a week!
Oh, and Hill Egger the next time you send someone threats and disgusting sexual comments you need to come up with a better fake ID than Jon Smith. I can see why you want to hide. No woman would be interested in the beer gut, but really the complete lack of balls in your case and your cowardly actions just show what a complete piece of shit you are.