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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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Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration ends, but not the controversy

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration ends, but not the controversy | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The granddaddy of Tennessee walking horse shows drew to a rocky close Saturday, but the winners and losers of a two-week mud-slinging contest over the state's high-stepping icon are far from decided.


Celebration diehards said they were surprised at the number of police and security guards. Celebration announcers gave a first-ever warning about what the audience should do in the event of a "disruption."


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AVMA and AAEP urge strong enforcement of Horse Protection Act at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration | The Jurga Report, Practical Horseman Blog

AVMA and AAEP urge strong enforcement of Horse Protection Act at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration | The Jurga Report, Practical Horseman Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) urge veterinarians, owners, trainers, riders, event spectators, media and the public to redouble their efforts to identify and report sored horses at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. This includes reporting suspected soring activity in barns and training facilities in the Shelbyville area.


The AVMA and AAEP are urging vigilance because of concerns that sored horses will be participating at the Celebration.


For more than 40 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has worked diligently to enforce the Horse Protection Act (HPA), which prohibits soring. The USDA recently took another step toward ending soring by instituting mandatory penalties for violators.


Be sure to click on the big bold headline at the top to read this article.

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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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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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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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