Up for Debate: Humane Society takes on walking horse abuse

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:48pm

What do you make of the Humane Society of the United States' graphic undercover video (which can be found on YouTube)? Pepsi pulled its sponsorship of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration over the release of the video. Reports of abuse have been around for years. Do you think authorities will ever crack down on the practice?

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171 Comments on this post:

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 7:38


By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 7:41

Doing fine... make it over there a lot of Sunday mornings when we've stayed the night down-town. They ruined the ambiance though when they replaced the carpet.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/18/12 at 7:41

LOL Blanket

By: yogiman on 5/18/12 at 7:42

Only to children with intelligence children, bfra. I thought NCP was a news paper for news information. I didn't know this was an entertainment site for a select few. But as I've 'said' before, I'm going to keep making my comments (negative to you Obama lovers) until the fight is over.

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 7:43

They replaced the carpet? Blasphemy!

By: yogiman on 5/18/12 at 7:47


I have two dogs and no one is going to come to my house without them letting me know. And they sure aren't going to come in unless I open the door for them.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 7:49

And recovered the bar stools and repaired the broken Formica on the front of the bar too. Still have that same level of service we've come to love and respect though.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/18/12 at 7:50

I got to go. You can now talk about me yogi.

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 7:51

The same staff, I hope....Sounds like they're getting down right uppity over there.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 7:52

yogi - Everybody knows you have dogs, it's what you do with them that is repulsive.

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 7:52

Later, Nemo. Have a good one!

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 7:53

Had a guest in from out of town... told her we were going to the Hermitage Cafe for breakfast ... "Oh... I don't think I have a tie down-town"... "I don't think I have any dress shoes", said my wife... so after about 20 minutes of running around the condo making excuses for not being able to dress for brunch; the friend is all dolled up in make-up... her best Sunday dress, etc... Then we take her to the Hermitage Cafe (pre-remodel, thank God). LOL... It was epic.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 7:56

"Wheat toast???... where the hell do you think you are; the Waldorf effin' Astoria?!?"

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 7:56

That's awesome! I'm sure she was the best lookin' gal there. Or at least the most well bathed......Please tell me they haven't repaired the bullet marks in the glass.

By: yogiman on 5/18/12 at 7:57

"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt."
- John Adams 1826

How deep in debt has "Obama" gotten this nation?

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 7:58

And have they started taking credit/debit cards yet?

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 7:59

Bullet holes are still there along with the thick layer of grease dating back to the 50's. Thank you so much for your recommendation. Best place for breakfast down-town.

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 8:00

It is. I now have a second recommendation for you as well. There is a Salvadoran place that serves breakfast on Saturdays. They're next to the Wal-Mart on Nolensville that used to be Harding Mall. It's next to the bar Spanky's.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:00

There's a machine there that's always out of order. The 'wheat toast' thing was classic.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:01

I'll check it out.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:02

What is the Salvadorian place's claim to fame?

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 8:02

That is classic! I do love that place. It is the best breakfast option downtown.

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 8:04

Well, you only have one choice for breakfast so that's the claim to fame. It comes with eggs scrabbled with peppers and tomatos, flat bread, a slice of avocado, beans and farmer's cheese. It's pretty dang good. You can also order some papusa - I'd recommend the bean & cheese. They're really good.

By: dargent7 on 5/18/12 at 8:04

Jeez. Now were' debated who the "cute" Beatle was?
BudLite always supercedes herself.
And she's pushing 70, so don't let her fool you guys.

By: Moonglow1 on 5/18/12 at 8:05

Moonglow1: Kudos to Pepsi for doing the right thing. However, another "black eye" in the world media for Tennessee. We are viewed as backwoods as ever-similar to Mississippi. Creationism, don't say gay, ignorance, autocratic, and now animal abusers. We just lost the Bluegrass Festival. Dean is building this great looking convention center but will they come?

By: Beernazi on 5/18/12 at 8:05

70 on a good day, darg. and she's still rolling in ditches from what I've heard.

By: Moonglow1 on 5/18/12 at 8:09

Moonglow1: I think Yogi is a black guy wishing he was white.
Hey Yogi, it's the trillion dollar Bush wars and the tax money siphoned off by defense contractors responsible for the deficit.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 8:18

Moonglow1 - Correct on both issues! You will not get a Bushite to agree on the 2nd one.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:19

A trillion dollars? Obama spends that amount every single year over the old deficit trend-line. He's racked up over $5 trillion in additional debt in three and a half years... not even including the almost half trillion in TARP repayments from the banks that he also blew.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 8:23

Ben - tarp, tarp, tarp, tarp - You come off as sounding like a parrot.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:25

Doesn't change the facts of the matter bfra...

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:33

Almost $400,000,000,000 in TARP repayments from the banks that were earmarked under the original TARP legislation to pay back the debt were repaid and subsequently re-spent by this administration in addition to the other $5 Trillion plus they also spend over the past three and a half years in additional deficit spending.

As bad as Bush was on spending he was a piker compared to this administration.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 8:39

You don't seem to understand, the Bush/Cheney debt is still being paid. It didn't drop back to 0 when those crooks left office. But then, like yogi, you just keep repeating the same old, same old.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:54

Dude... if you cannot understand the difference in $300 - $400 Billion dollar a year deficits and $1.4 Trillion dollar a year deficits then I'm not the one in the room who doesn't 'understand'.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 8:57

But it's not 'understanding' we are dealing with here... it's willful delusion.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/18/12 at 8:58

Someone on this board stated that "Walking horses were a breed of their own." I know the answer to that but to the person who made that particular statement I would like to know (if that is true) why they have to use "soring" to make them walk?

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 9:00

Yep you & yogi fit into that category very well!

By: Kosh III on 5/18/12 at 9:03

"Had McCain and Palin got the keys, we'd be in WW IV or V by now."

No, we'd all be radioactive dust and wouldn't care what round of insanity the GOP provides.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 9:03

I don't know if they are limited to a particular breed, Rasputin, but they are trained in a specific high-step gait and that's where the various techniques of making them walk the way they do come in. Outrage about this pops up about once every 5 years or so in Tennessee it would seem.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 9:05

Rasputin72 - Well your family's association with walking horses didn't teach you much. A walking horse doesn't have to be sored to walk, the soring is used to make it hit the "big lick". So you have never been on a walking horse? Their gait is so smooth, you don't bounce at all in the saddle. Their walking gait is natural, it is in their genes.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 9:10

Ben - They are a particular breed! I had a mare, 1/2 pony & 1/2 walking horse. Her fast gait, which was natural from the walking horse in her, was the sweetest riding horse I ever owned. A natural gait, is not yielding to the pain in the rear and not raising their front hoofs so high to keep them from hurting because of the soring.

By: slacker on 5/18/12 at 9:14

Anyone who mistreats a horse, to force a certain gait, deserves a ''big lick'' upside their sadistic head.

By: brrrrk on 5/18/12 at 9:15

Loner said

"Sounds like Pepsi did the right thing, IMO. Whipping horses with cattle prods and using chemicals to burn their hooves, so they walk pretty is barbaric stuff....the whole business ought to be boycott, the offenders put behind bars.

Shelbyville should be ashamed to host the disgusting spectacle."

I agree. This stuff is right up there with cock fighting and dog fighting. I always thought that one of the best ways to judge a person is by looking at how they treat the animals around them.... even hunters can be humane.

By: pswindle on 5/18/12 at 9:15

This was well known in the Horse World. It is about time someone had the guts to film the torture and make an issue of it. The film is so cruel that I can hardly watch it.

By: BenDover on 5/18/12 at 9:15

Bfra... I certainly defer to your expertise on walking house.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 9:16

Amen on that slacker, plus they are much prettier walking a natural gait.

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 9:18

Ben - "walking house" - Never had 1 of those!

By: slacker on 5/18/12 at 9:20

mobile home?

By: bfra on 5/18/12 at 9:23

Oh! OK, guess you could use a plow horse to move that. LOL

By: slacker on 5/18/12 at 9:26

no..no.. bfra Clydesadale