Abuse in the horse show world is not that uncommon. As the money factor goes up the horse has a higher tendency to be pushed to higher limits. If the horse is unable to make those higher limits some (not all mind you) will resort to abuse in the forms of drugs, soring or using abusive equipment that can be hidden from judges views. Some trainers and owners are caught but since the USDA is under funded the chances are high that the trainer or owner will get away with the abuse. Take for example the Olympics with the horses that were tested positive for drugs. You would think that with as much scrutiny that the Olympics has with testing, no one would even take a chance on giving their horse an illegal substance, but they did.
Soring a horse is one of the most abusive acts that really turns my stomach. If you want to know more about soring and I warn you now that there are graphic photos on the site, you can find out more at Friends for Sound Horses. That website is doing what it can to end abusive practices in the Walking Horse world. Lets all follow their example and end horse abuse under all types of trainers.
How to locate the horse trainer from hell
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If you are looking for a horse trainer and don't know who to avoid then just look them up here. Look under your location (if no location then just suggest one under any of the posts as a comment and I will add it ASAP) for horse trainers from hell and look at the comments. See if the horse trainer you are thinking about taking lessons from or sending your horse to has a tale from hell. If you have experienced a horse trainer from hell either a professional or amateur then let off some steam here and let the rest of the horse world know about them. Don't forget to name names. Please read this first before posting If the trainer in question disputes the claims they find on here then they are very welcome to post a comment too. Tell only the truth. Comments are only moderated to screen out ads for websites or "buy this or that" spam and for not staying on topic. General comments should be made under the "General Blog Posts" category.