2013 Celebration USDA Inspection Numbers
Horses Inspected Pre and Post-Show – 1,952
Total Violations – 110
Compliance Rate – 94%
There was a 33% drop in violations from 2012 when the USDA found 166 violations for a 9% violation rate. In 2011, the USDA found 203 violations for a 9.5% violation rate.
2013 Celebration Industry Inspection Results
Horses Inspected Pre and Post-Show – 2,087
Total Violations – 31 (30 horses, 6 non-Horse Protection Act violations)
Compliance Rate – 98.4%
There was a 46% drop in disqualifications this year compared to 2012 in which 56 horses were disqualified at The Celebration.
Walking Horse Inspections Background
The following is some background on the inspection process:
• Every horse at The Celebration is inspected by SHOW HIO’s Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs). The USDA can and does inspect horses that the department feels need to be inspected.
• Horses can be disqualified for equipment that is the wrong size, existence of a scar or callous, evidence of a foreign substance, among other things. There are many violations that a horse can get that are not indicative of soring.
• DQPs are trained and regulated by the USDA.
• DQPs can issue a violation, which keeps the horse from showing. Violations can also carry penalties.
• No other breed in the equine industry is inspected as thoroughly as the Tennessee walking horse and no other breed has a compliance rate as high as the walking horse.
• Walking horses are one of the healthiest equine breeds showing longer than most breeds, living longer and also less injuries in the ring.
SHOW is the HIO that manages inspections at The Celebration, in partnership with the USDA. SHOW HIO has the strictest inspections in the walking horse industry, and the harshest penalties, even tougher than the USDA. Last year, reformers in the industry set out to get as many shows as possible inspected by one HIO and this year, which SHOW did for more than 85% of the walking horse shows were.
THE USDA ACCEPTED HIO FIGURES FOR THE YEARS 2007-2012 IN WHICH 520,750 ENTRIES WERE INSPECTED BY THE HIO SYSTEM AT NO COST TO THE US TAXPAYER.
EXPRESSED AS PERCENTAGES
6 year HIO INSPECTION FIGURES 2007-2012
bilateral sore 331 entries
scar rule violations 1519 entries
not sore 518,900 entries
2007-2012 ENTRIES INSPECTED
bilateral sore .064%
scar rule .291%
not sore 99.645%
Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced a bill into congress to alter the Horse Protection Act.
To date it has gained the support of 22 other legislators.
In summary it seeks to:
1. Eliminate the use of a weighted shoe, pad, wedge, hoof band, or other device or material at a horse show,
horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction.
Phase XI. Use of 2, 4 and 6 Ounce Chains
The objectives of this study were to evaluate the use of 2, 4 and 6 ounce chains in Tennessee Walking Horses, without using any other chemical or mechanical technique to induce inflammation.
Use of 2, 4 and 6 oz. chains did not cause any detectable pain, tissue damage. Thermographic and pressure evaluation did not change significantly. Thus, it was concluded that the use of 2, 4 and 6 oz. chains for a duration of 2to 3 weeks did not produce any harmful effects to the horses’ legs, with exception to some loss of hair from 6 oz. chains in the pastern areas
Facts regarding hoof bands on horses, please feel free to share.
The Whitfield/Cohen letter “explaining HR 6388”, claims that hoof bands cause horses’ hooves to be shorn off at the band, causing great pain to the horse and risking serious, potentially permanent, and sometimes fatal damage. It eludes to this being a common problem in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. Extensive research with several equine veterinarians and farriers has determined that this statement is both unfounded and unscientific. The hoof capsule, or hoof wall, is an insensitive structure as there are no nerves there. A farrier can nail a shoe to the hoof capsule or wall, with no pain to the horse, as there are no nerves to that part of the shell. Veterinarians or farriers under the supervision of a veterinarian will routinely remove a section of the hoof capsule, or wall, in a process known as “resectioning” when trying to correct for disease or avulsions in saddle horses. A Veterinarian or farrier may drill into the hoof wall to allow for draining of an abscess or allow air to digress the formation of anaerobic bacteria. A horse’s hoof grows back naturally in nine to twelve months with no permanent damage. With the administration of vasodilators, this process may be sped up. A hoof band is a support structure used on horses wearing shoes weighing as little as one pound. It is extremely uncommon to have a horse lose part of their hoof due to a properly applied band. The only instance I have found was due to a horse being handled by a novice that released the horse to run down the road unattended. That horse broke of a section of the hoof and the hoof grew out fine with no lasting damage to the horse. Several breeds of horses other than those three listed in this breed specific legislation and the referred to letter use hoof bands and I have found zero instances where any horse has been permanently damaged or died from the use of properly applied hoof bands.
pads and chains don't sore horses people do!!! There are as many sore flat shod horses as there is padded. They don't want to discuss that! This bill removes ALL weighted shoes from horses, It is breed specific legislation if its going to be done it should apply to all breeds not just specific ones. DO YOUR HOME WORK!@!!!! At least read the freakin bill!!!!
it did not discuss any part of the bill it was a yes your for it or no your not, a simple yes or no is not a discussion, if you really want to know how people feel about this issue contact them quit listening to propaganda by a select few. Isn't that what a reporter is suppose to do or is everything just one sided. Do your job.
This vote was not legal, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) explained to all members that this was not sent out by them and we should throw them away, so there for the numbers are in correct.