What’s wrong with those people!
Y’all remember our post about the Tennessee Walking Horse’s and the
unfortunate 110% evil soring practices that they’ve been made to endure over the years (click here)?
Well, looks like some justice is coming to a few “trainers” who feel soring is a viable option in lieu of proper care and – what’s that word? oh yeah. TRAINING. According to an article posted on thehorse.com on October 19, Paul Blackburn “has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to violate the Horse Protection Act (HPA) by soring horses”. To read the full article, click here.
We say some justice because Blackburn “faces penalties of up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine”.
Our first reaction was a little more colorful than WTF but you get the idea. Reading the article a little more closely, it says that Blackburn plead guilty to conspiring to sore horses – it does not actually state that he participated in this heinous act. Now, this could be something that has been plead down behind the scenes (everyone’s seen those law shows on TV – how many have there been?! -Night Court doesn’t count) to ensure the guilty plea – better to get some justice rather than risk getting nothing seems to be a common mentality these days.
Found a few more articles on the subject – they don’t really include more information on the situation, unless you want to read the court documents…
“4th person charged with soring horses” article from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette
“Soring suspect pleads guilty” more recent article from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette
“News and Articles…” post on For the Tennessee Walking Horse blog
If you read FTWH’s post from back in March about this case, she lists the indictments against the three others charged with Blackburn (but does not specifically name Blackburn) and one of the charges specifically states that a bolt was placed in a horses foot.
Here’s a quote from our original post on TWH’s and soring
“If you’re wondering why she’s being encouraged to move like an epileptic German Shepard, it’s because that’s what wins in the show ring. Don’t believe us? Here’s the victory lap of the 2010 TWHNC World Grand Champion…”
Sure we can keep prosecuting the bastards that think it’s ok to maim and torture horses so that they win a few bucks – and we should! But shouldn’t we also go after the progenitors of the big lick movement? Namely, the judges. The people who determine day in and day out that what is genetic disease in dogs is a desired (yet utterly pointless) movement in horses.
Sometimes, instead of yelling and screaming, you just gotta shake your head and say What the Fraggle Rock? (and delight in the pleasure of knowing that Karma is a bitch).