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Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"A controversial breed might be getting a new hoof in the door at the Kentucky Horse Park, and equine welfare groups are not happy.

 

"The Horse Park is in negotiations to allow a sale this month of Tennessee walking horses, possibly including some wearing controversialhoof pads that exaggerate their gait. The Kentucky After Christmas Sale hopes to offer about 300 horses for sale Jan. 25 and 26.

 

"Horse Park director John Nicholson (shown) said that legal activities have a right to use the state-run park. Padded horses are legal — although several groups headquartered on the park's campus, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, are working to change that.

 

"The organizers of the sale say they want to be transparent and will use inspectors that the state specifies.

 

"During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Horse Park, Games organizers would not allow padded Tennessee walking horses to perform.

 

"Given that and the bad publicity in the past few years concerning padded horses, the Horse Park seems to be going "against the tide," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States."

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@HoofcareJournal writes: I'd call this article "The Kentucky Horse Park's Slippery Slope". The last time I checked, the Walking horse breed was alive and legal, in spite of the scandals that affect its show scene.

 

Can the Horse Park afford to turn away a paying event--and does this set a dangerous precedent?

 

What horse breed or sport does not have its critics?

 

The Horse Park should do the right thing and welcome the Walking horses with open gates. The park has a lot to offer those owners and breeders, who may be looking for new ways to show and train their wonderful horses, when and if the Whitfield Act is passed by Congress and the "Big Lick" becomes history.

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Marcel Veart-Smith: Rood and Riddle Podiatry engineering department | New Zealand, Equine Trader

Marcel Veart-Smith: Rood and Riddle Podiatry engineering department | New Zealand, Equine Trader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Farrier Marcel Veart-Smith recently won a scholarship to attend Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, to further develop his knowledge and skills. Marcel grabbed an Equine Trader camera to record some of his experiences.


Join Marcel and Neil Houston from Veterinary Associates in South Auckland as they find their way around this great facility and meet some of the interesting people who work there.


Today they check out the engineering department and watch a little bit of the process of shoemaking.

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Dusty Visits the Rood and Riddle Podiatry Center | Dressage Daily

Dusty Visits the Rood and Riddle Podiatry Center | Dressage Daily | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Mary Phelps writes: "How lucky am I to be living in Kentucky and just 2 hours from Lexington home of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.


"My driving pony Dusty foundered this spring. While he was treated superbly at the place where he was boarding I wanted to take him to the best, and assess his condition."

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