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2010 sound horse conference

Conference held in Louisville, KY early in November once again brought together equine oriented organizations and in- dividuals in their mission to end the soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Soring is the

By Suzanne De Laurentis The Sound Horse

that consider the emotional, physical and mental aspects of the horse and present owners many equine lifestyle choices in addition to the show ring. New this year were

pre-conference workshops for gaited horse owners, trainers


stead of soring, heavy shoes and pads, chains and gimmicks. Highlights of the

guests included Master of Cer- emonies, Rick Lamb is one of the most well known educators in today’s horse industry. He is an author and host of The Horse Show on TV and radio. Keynote speaker Madeleine Pickens, wife of T. Boone Pickens and an animal rights advocate. She spoke passionately about the changes taking place in the show ring for Tennessee Walking Horses and shared her plans and dreams of America’s Mustangs. Senator Joseph Tydings, “Father of the Horse Protection Act”, and a life long proponent of the equine. Senator Tydings is still actively working to bring an end to soring abuses of the Tennes- see Walking Horse. More detai ls are

abusive and illegal practice of using chemical and mechani- cal methods to create pain in a gaited show horse’s front feet to exaggerate their animated step. It has been illegal for over 30 years but horses are still suf- fering from the practice. The Sound Horse

and judges that offered cre- ative and timely alternatives for developing business growth, initiating “sound” change in the show ring and general working strategies for change. The evening equine

Conference, organized by Friends of Sound Horses fea- tured panel discussions focused on today ‘s equine industry especially within gaited breeds and in particular the Tennessee Walking Horse. The conference offered information on humane and modern training practices

Left: Picture of pack- age and chains at major show grounds in 2010.

Below: Example from show grounds of a Missouri show, July 2010.

Below: A common occurence with heavy flat shoes: the band sliced off the entire front of the hoof at this show in Tennessee, May 2010.

Stockdale, Texas

mustang magic to showcase top mustang trainers at fort worth stock show

Twenty-five Mustangs trained by some of the top-placing Extreme Mustang Makeover trainers set to compete at Fort Worth Stock Show in 2011.

Georgetown, Texas,

November 9, 2010 – The mystical powers of America’s wild horses will be displayed January 21-22 as the Mustang Heritage Foundation presents Mustang Magic at the 115th Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas. Some of the top Mustang trainers in the nation will display their horseman- ship skills as 25 Mustangs compete at the third annual Mustang Magic.

Admission to Mus-

tang Magic is included with general admission tickets to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Grounds admission is just $10 for adults and only $5 for kids ages 6-16. Last year, the Mus- tang Magic crowd overflowed the John Justin arena so plan to arrive early to get a great seat.

With just more than

100 days to not only gentle but also teach the Mustangs basic riding maneuvers, the trainers will be displaying their incredible horsemanship skills throughout the event

while vying for a place in the top-10 finals. As a special treat,

Eastern Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth and Year- lings Champions Amanda Sharp and Docs Little Brown will perform their award-win- ning routine during Mustang Magic. Jumping through a ring of fire and jumping a line of barrels with just a single stride between each jump, Sharp and Docs Little Brown wowed the crowd in the Youth Yearling division at Murfrees- boro, Tennessee. Docs Little Brown is a 2009 brown geld- ing gathered from the Green Mountain herd management area in Wyoming. Sharp and Docs Little Brown will travel from Brandon, Mississippi, to Fort Worth, Texas, to show that extreme horse power can come in smaller packages. Following the Janu-

ary 22 finals, the public will have the chance to adopt the talented Mustangs that competed in Mustang Magic. Each Mustang goes to the highest bidder. Adopters must be preapproved by the Bu-

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reau of Land Management. Interested adopters can learn more about the BLM adop- tion requirements at www. Adoption applications will be available on site, and BLM representatives will be available to answer any ques- tions.

At Mustang Magic

2010, Tennessee Thunder, a 5-year-old sorrel American Mustang, proved he was at the top of his game when trainer Chase Dodd leapt from a small trampoline, onto the gelding’s back and then stuffed a basketball into a hoop to a standing ovation. With the unlimited imagina- tions of the trainers and the amazing ability of the Mus- tangs, fans attending Mus- tang Magic will have many surprises in store for them and won’t want to miss this one- of-a-kind competition. Visit for the lat- est information on the 115th Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show including information on parking and grounds admission.

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entertainment, “The Balancing Act” featured gaited horses trained with classical dressage, natural horsemanship and even exhibition and trick horse train- ing that showcased the horses’ intelligence, athleticism, and smooth gaits. The performances were designed to demonstrate the versatility of the gaited with humane training methods in-

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