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This is my gift for horse people all over the world.  I realize you are looking for proven techniques to train both your horse and your students.  Now you do!  The Horse and Rider Awareness videos are homemade and follow the training progress of several horses and riders over the years.  They are live films taken in the actual training session so you can see what happens to real horses and riders.  There is no editing and I am filming as I coaching.  These techniques have been tested on 1000's of horses and riders and have also been used in instructor training and certification programs.
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WASHINGTON: Congress scrutinizes show-horse industry practice of ‘soring’

WASHINGTON: Congress scrutinizes show-horse industry practice of ‘soring’ | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Soring dates to the beginnings of the famed Tennessee walking horse tradition, whose horses are renowned for their exaggerated gait.

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It is time to stop the insanity.....    

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:45 AM

Stop the madness. Outlaw soring.

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Poll supports tougher Tennessee Walking Horse protections

Poll supports tougher Tennessee Walking Horse protections | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Just as a newly released poll shows Tennessee voters by a 5-to-1 margin support stronger legislation to prevent the soring of Tennessee walking horses, two people recently convicted under the Horse Protection Act have followed a federal judge's...

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It is time for this to be stopped.  Of course, it is not only the Walking horses that this is happening to...  This has been going on with the "Park style" of horses for as long as I can remember.  

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, December 14, 2012 6:26 AM

Men who sore horses should have their jewels publicly sored.

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Tennessee Walking Horse industry leader calls for end to 'black cloud' of soring

Tennessee Walking Horse industry leader calls for end to 'black cloud' of soring | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
The president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association said this week the industry has lost public support over allegations of soring and must 'rid ourselves of this black cloud.'...

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Finally......  

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, May 29, 2013 6:13 AM

Long overdue.

Randi Thompson's comment, May 29, 2013 8:36 AM
This is great news!
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Tennessee's Whistle-Blowing Anti-Soring Journalist Honored by HSUS as Champion of Walking Horse Welfare

Tennessee's Whistle-Blowing Anti-Soring Journalist Honored by HSUS as Champion of Walking Horse Welfare | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Photo: Tennessee journalist Roy Exum, who has used his column in The Chattanoogan to call for reform in the ongoing soring of Tennessee Walking Horses in his home state.


A press release from The Humane Society of the United States reads:

 

(Dec. 3, 2012)—The Humane Society of the United States has named Roy Exum the 2012 Humane Horseman of the Year. Each year, this award is given to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s Horses.

 

The HSUS chose Exum as this year’s recipient because of his unwavering commitment to exposing the cruel reality of the Tennessee walking horse show industry. In his opinion column in The Chattanoogan, Exum shined a light on the corruption and abuse behind the celebrated “Big Lick” gait, which is achieved by torturing horses through a practice known as “soring.” Exum reported on The HSUS’ undercover investigation into the industry and closely monitored the industry’s biggest competition, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.

 

“The Humane Society of the United States applauds Roy Exum for his perseverance in the months leading up to the Celebration,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The HSUS. “Roy helped The HSUS lay bare the torture these horses endure, and he advocated that they be treated with kindness and respect. His newspaper columns played a key role in exposing and publicizing of the mistreatment of these beautiful creatures and greatly helped The HSUS in its mission to put an end to the cruelty.”

 

In nearly 20 columns and counting on the topic, Exum held nothing back when criticizing the Tennessee walking horse industry. In response to the federal sentencing of Jackie McConnell for Horse Protection Act violations, Exum wrote: “The ruling, although just, dashed the hopes of ‘many, many hundreds’ who had written Judge Mattice to ask for stronger justice. But because of woefully-inadequate federal laws against the depravity that has plagued the walking horse industry for well over half a century, the Horse Protection Act has been as lame as the horses it meant to protect and a plea arrangement was deemed at the very onset as the best ‘legal solution.’”

 

In a column praising the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new regulations to crack down on soring, Exum opined, “Call me callused or a cynic but when the top 20 trainers in the fabled Rider’s Cup standings have a total of 161 violations in the past two years and eight of the last 10 ‘Trainers of the Year’ have violated the Horse Protection Act, the only thing that will ever make a difference is placing anyone who would purposely injure a horse in the dark and dank basement of a jail.”

 

In response to public outcry about the cruel treatment of Tennessee walking horses for the show ring, Congress has introduced H.R. 6388, the Horse Protection Act Amendments of 2012. The bill will significantly strengthen the Horse Protection Act, originally passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” – the deliberate infliction of pain to Tennessee walking horses’ hooves and legs in order to produce a high-stepping gait and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows.

 

H.R. 6388 would end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of certain devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and hold accountable all those involved in this cruel practice. H.R. 6388 is a necessary step to strengthen the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement capabilities and end this torture for good. In a recent column,

 

Exum expressed his support for the bill, writing, “The amendments are badly needed since there has been continued and rampant abuse of soring in the Tennessee walking horse industry this year.”


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