For those of you that don't know what soring is, read this. It is an article she wrote on her website regarding what soring is, how its done, and what it does to the horse. In a very brief nutshell, its the practice of making a horse so sore in the hooves that they step higher and farther while in the show ring to make the Tennessee Walking Horse rambling walking gait into that "Big Lick". These horses have contraptions built on their front hooves that are sickening, but what is worse is what it does to the horses.
Case in point.
Here is the picture.
According to her blog today, "the HIO is Heart of America--that's not the horse's name. I also found out this horse won the class and "passed" post show. I think we can all conclude what' really going on here."
That horse passed the inspection? HOW? The TW world is highly corrupt, there is money passed between owners/trainers and the inspection crew to grease the system all the time. Wanna bet that something like that happened here?
The TW show industry is regulated by the Horse Protection Act, and at each show, inspectors theoretically inspect each horse for soring. The intent behind this should be simple... if a horse shows signs of soring, they should be DQ'd from any competition, and the owner/trainer should also be DQ'd as well. But the show industry polices itself, and I think the above picture, taken from a 2010 show, proves quite clearly that IS NOT HAPPENING.
So who do the inspectors work for? The USDA of course. US Dept. of Agriculture. Who have been sitting on their asses and allowing this shit to continue on. The very inspectors hired and put into place to stop stuff like this have become part of the very problem at hand. The 'good ol' boy' system of showing has swallowed the inspectors, and now the very ones appointed to stop this horror are allowing it to continue.
She wrote a letter to the USDA demanding something be done about this, and she posted that on her blog. I have her permission to repost it here.
"I received the attached photo today. If you don't know about the photo, I hope this is enlightening to you. If you already do know about the photo, then this had better be a strong reminder of how the Federal law is continuing to be violated.