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Review for National Walking Horse Association, Lexington, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The National Walking Horse Association was formed in 1998 to promote the sound Tennessee walking horse and to end the practice of soring.

Most people outside the horse world, and even some people inside it, are not aware of the abusive training and showing practices of a certain segment of the Tennessee walking horse world. These practices have existed for decades and there is specific legislation prohibiting it, known as the Federal Horse Protection Act. The NWHA offers a show circuit for owners who wish to compete against only sound, healthy horses. At their horse shows, entries are carefully examined prior to admittance, and there is zero tolerance for horses that have any signs of present or past abuse. Horses that do not meet the standard are rejected; while their owners are ticketed and face other consequences.

The NWHA continues its goal of advocating for the end of abusive and inhumane treatment of the Tennessee walking horse. Receipt of the prize money would assist this group in acting on behalf of these voiceless animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen a growth in the sound horse movement, and a reduction in the popularity of engaging in the soring of horses. Horses that were formerly victims of abusive treatment, are now sound and pain free.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My change would be to increase the power of the organization to increase the punishment of persons who engage inabusive treatment of horses.

Role:  Board Member & In our business, we promote the sound training practices that are advocated by the NWHA We encourage others to do the same and to support the sound horse shows promoted by NWHA. We contribute to the goals of this group through donations of time and mone.