TWSHO is committed to reforming the walking horse industry to protect the wellbeing of walking horses, while maintaining the integrity of the sport.
For far too long, the industry has not followed through on its talk of reform with real action, and we hope to change all that. We understand that, if we don’t rid the industry of its few soring trainers, there will be no industry to speak of.
We are making major strides to reform the system, and have implemented or support the following:
TWSHO fully supports continued education through farrier, owner, and DQP clinics. Through presentations by industry and equine experts, walking show horse lovers and advocates can stay up to date and informed on key issues within the industry including aspects of the HPA, scar rule interpretations, digital imaging, general horsemanship, etc.
TWSHO firmly believes self-regulation can ensure HPA compliance and rid the system of soring trainers. To do so, industry-wide compliance is necessary. Across the industry we support:
The walking show horse industry has done so much to enhance its inspection process that the USDA has replicated some of its actions. The way to end soring is to look for it. TWSHO supports an aggressive inspection system including:
Penalties must be issued and violators must be held accountable to eliminate those who harm horses from the industry. We support instituting serious punishments for those who break the rules and those who fail to report instances of noncompliance. TWSHO supports the following:
TWSHO is continuing to enhance the inspection process through research and new initiative exploration to ensure it is complete, comprehensive, and all horses are compliant with regulations. Some of these projects include:
TWSHO is committed to eliminating the sore horse from the show ring through enforcing: