by HEIDI HALL
Cross-posted from The Tennessean
The Tennessee Walking Horse industry is going on the offensive this week after disputes with federal inspectors at the Celebration, the industry’s premier event.
U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians are in Shelbyville, Tenn., checking competing horses for signs they’ve been intentionally injured to induce their unique gait. Frequently during the competition — including on at least five occasions this morning alone — USDA veterinarians have cited horses when local inspectors and an independent veterinarian found no signs of injury.
Tonight, the face of the walking horse industry’s reform effort collected a bilateral soring citation. Shelbyville trainer Winky Groover recently appeared in several newspapers and television reports explaining what’s being done to clean up walking horse shows. Read full report >>
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