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Walking horse inspectors release conflicting Celebration violation rates

Walking horse inspectors release conflicting Celebration violation rates | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Last week, a USDA release said there was a 91 percent compliance rate — or 9 percent violation rate — at the Celebration. The Celebration's own compliance figure, released Thursday, is higher.


@HoofcareJournal writes: In a normal year, the Walking horse soring controversy fades from the news as soon as the Celebration ends on Labor Day weekend.


But this year is different and it may continue to be differet. While industry vs USDA inspection statistics may conflict, the bigger story may be that if the Horse Protect Act Amendments of 2012 pass Congress (after being introduced last week), the landscape of inspections and the entire showing scene wil be changed forever.


Keep reading Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog and the Jurga Report for more news on the future of Tennessee walking horse showing.

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Roy Exum: Another Nail In The Hoof - Chattanoogan.com

Roy Exum: Another Nail In The Hoof  - Chattanoogan.com | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

From Roy Exum: The Tennessee Walking Horse industry, already in dire straits as blatant and persistent examples of animal cruelty, criminal misconduct and increased bickering between its organizations are quickly coming to light, drove what is being described as a “coffin nail” into an already badly-sored hoof Monday when its leading group – of all things – sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Roy Exum, columnist for the Chattanoogan newspaer, has been covering the news about the Tennessee Walking Horse soring scandals with diligence and thoughtfulness.


Is he skeptical of the Walking Horse industry? Obviously. But the information he is bringing forward and the questions he askes are long overdue. I can't help but thing how different things might be if people like Roy were asking these questions 20 or 30 or even 40 years ago.


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Tensions high as inspectors take crackdown to heart of the walking horse industry (with video)

Tensions high as inspectors take crackdown to heart of the walking horse industry (with video) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The extremes have placed the Volunteer State's most recognizable icon under unprecedented scrutiny by government regulators, criminal prosecutors and the public.


The question on everyone's lips: Is abuse still happening and how widespread is it?


It has led to a showdown of animal lovers, and the trigger is Shelbyville's 11-day Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, a 74-year-old tradition that began Wednesday and ends Saturday.


Click on the big bold headline to read the full story and watch the video on timesfreepress.com.

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