by MARK BELL
DAILY NEWS JOURNAL
Cross-posted from The Tennessean
Horse owners and a national animal rights advocacy group squared off Friday morning, holding news conferences to sway public opinion of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.
The Humane Society of the United States went first, bringing along a convicted horse abuser who contends it is impossible for trainers to win shows without soring, burning, or otherwise injuring legs or feet of horses. Such actions speed development of an exaggerated gait in the breed, prized by many.
An hour later, the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization insisted the “big lick” gait can be developed through humane training. While the group acknowledged past abuses, it says it believes most people in the industry run clean training programs. Continue reading >>
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