Before I introduce the latest report by Heidi Hall (jump to it now) for The Tennessean, I feel for the teenager who sobbed when her horse was ousted from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration for scarring, a telltale sign of soring.
Who knows how old the scarring is or when the incident(s) occurred. However, this type of no nonsense, no questions asked enforcement against horse soring is fitting and well past overdue.
If any crying is done, it should be for the hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of horses who have lived tortured lives, going through who knows what extremes of physical and mental suffering, all to satisfy the egos and line the pockets of evil thinking owners and trainers.
I am referring to an article filed just a short time ago by HEIDI HALL for The Tennessean (same headline as this post).
SHELBYVILLE, TENN. — Mikayla Dent doubled over in sobs, her tears making little splashes in the dust while her parents pleaded with inspectors to take another look at the family’s only Tennessee Walking Horse.
Call Me Amazing Grace competed all season with no problem, they said. It had cost them $5,000 to be at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, they said, money that’d be thrown away if they were stupid enough to abuse their daughter’s pet.
But on Thursday night, after Amazing Grace sailed through one local inspection and one federal inspection, another federal inspector stepped in and issued a scarring citation — meaning he found evidence of past soring on one of the horse’s legs. Just like that, Amazing Grace and 16-year-old Mikayla were out of the walking horse industry’s biggest annual event. Her father, Michael Dent, led them away.
There’s lots more. Finish reading here >>
We cannot thank Heidi Hall enough for keeping this in the headlines of a national newspaper (online or otherwise).
WHAT IS SORING?
Soring is practice of inflicting intentional pain to the feet or legs of horses by the application of caustic chemicals which burn their skin, or by inserting foreign objects to the sensitive areas of their hooves. In reaction to the pain, horses lift their front legs high off the ground, producing the exaggerated “Big Lick” gait rewarded in the show ring.
Also from The Tennessean, please see:
— Tennessee Walking Horse Industry and Soring Timeline
— Tennessee Walking Horse Industry | Interactive Multi-Media Report
Both of these resources are brilliant.