My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for National Walking Horse Association, Lexington, KY, USA
Before I delve into positive impacts, influences, mission, vision of the NWHA, I believe the reader needs a quick synopsis of why the NWHA exists today.
Since the 1940's the inhumane training practices of the Tennessee Walking Horse(TWH) became widespread and prevalent. The practice of soring the front ankles to enhance their gait for national competition became the norm and IS heavily ingrained in the culture of the padded performance TWH industry . Although the Federal Horse Protection Act of 1977 was meant to protect the horse and prohibit such hideous acts, these practices are STILL prevalent in 2011.
The NWHA was formed for breeders, owners, and exhibitors who love the breed and realize there IS a better way. With a strong mission statement and a vision to promote the naturally gaited Walking Horse, it offers a wonderful alternative to showcase and promote the flat-shod TWH. Since I have been involved with this organization I have witnessed this organization change the hearts and minds of persons who have participated on the "inhumane" side of the TWH industry. The NWHA continues to promote positively, maintain their integrity, and allows the membership to drive the organization.
In summary, the NWHA offers a three (3) important aspects. 1) It offers a culture and vision for members to be involved in and organization who supports the HUMANE treatment and training of such a wonderful breed. 2) It offers stringent enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, to ensure the horse is protected 3) Offers an alternative for those who EVENTUALLY realize inhumane treatment of the TWH is ethically and morally wrong.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Horse shows are SO MUCH FUN!!! Everyone is on the SAME page. Prior to the NWHA, the only horse shows available were horrible to witness and participate in. Trainers applying topical ointments to the pastern to pass inspection. Or trainers walking the sore horse in the shadows until they "appear" presentable to the inspectors. With the NWHA, the sore horse is no more!!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I'd like to see every committee work on measuring their progress. If you are not measuring your progress, then you don't know if you're improving.