Tennessee Walking Horse inspected by USDA at National Celebration. Image by John Partipilo/The Tennessean.

Kentucky Horse Park to allow sale of Walking Horses

Tennessee Walking Horse inspected by USDA at National Celebration. Image by John Partipilo/The Tennessean.
Photo Credit: JOHN PARTIPILO / The Tennessean
Trainer Winky Groover watches as a USDA inspector looks over his horses at the Celebration in Shelbyville. Look at the stacks this horse is shod with. Regardless of the rules regarding soring, how can anyone look at this and not see how abusive it is to expect a horse to live, train and compete shod like this.

This is no surprise. The horse industry in Kentucky is no better than it is in Tennessee. They are deluded if they think they have a stellar international reputation except with the like-minded thinkers who abuse horses that they attract. And there are plenty in the horse industry to be had around the world who put money and ego above any consideration for the horse.

It means absolutely nothing that the horses come from Kentucky, as if that separates them from the abusers in Tennessee. They are allowing horses with chains, pads and stacks aren’t they? Neither does it matter how many inspectors there are or where they come from. There are bushel loads of them. The result? The cruelty continues unabated.

Shame on the Kentucky Horse Park. If you visit Kentucky, find something else to do than go to this place. There are plenty of wonderful things to do in Kentucky that do not deal in horse cruelty.

Here’s the story.

JANET PATTON reports on Kentucky.com:

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted 8-2 Wednesday to allow a sale of Tennessee walking horses, possibly including those wearing pads and chains, at the park on Jan. 25 and 26.

Saying the issue had caused her a lot of angst during the past two months, commission chairwoman Alston Kerr pledged that the sale would do nothing to tarnish the park’s outstanding international reputation.

“I have spent 30 years raising money to make this park a jewel,” Kerr said after the vote. “On my watch, we’ll do it right.”

The commission mandated that the contract for the Kentucky After Christmas Sale include what it considers a stringent condition: that the highly regarded International Walking Horse Association be the horse industry organization selected to inspect all horses.

Horse Park director John Nicholson outlined the steps he and his staff had taken to vet the sale before it could rent Alltech Arena at the park.

Nicholson said he had looked into the history of the sale and the walking horse industry.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/16/2478913/kentucky-horse-park-will-allow.html#storylink=cpy

3 thoughts on “Kentucky Horse Park to allow sale of Walking Horses”

  1. Just seeing this poor horse wearing these pieces of wood nailed to its feet makes my blood boil. I read a article about a woman that had rescued two walkers and she said one horses back was higher on one side than the other side she considered that it was caused by wearing this type of shoe. Why are these owners allowed to sell a horse at this sale that is decked out like this?? Whoever the inspectors are it’s like the fox guarding the hen house. Having to walk like this I believe damages the horses spine over time. We will never know how many crippled up show horses have been shipped out to slaughter at a young age.


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