World Champion Tennessee Walker – Does This Look Natural To You?

Honors, a Tennessee Walking Horse stallion is one of the best in the industry. He was named World Grand Champion in 2016 and it has brought the “Big Lick” industry into the spotlight again.

Newsofthehorse reports, Honors was was found to have been sored in 2013 by USDA inspectors at the Shelbyville National Celebration with unilateral sore and inconsistent sore on the other foot, and scar rule on both feet.

BillyGoBoy wrote, “A video from the Here the 2016 “Big Lick” World Grand Champion “Honors” Tennessee Walking Horse attempts to “Canter” at Asheville, NC. Merriam Webster defines a “Canter” as “a 3-beat gait resembling but smoother and slower than the gallop.” What you are seeing here from “Honors” is anything but smooth. Some might say it looks “painful and ugly”. Please note severity of bit shanks, size platform stack shoes and the chains on the front feet.” 

Does This Look Natural To You?

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There is no doubt in my mind that Honors is extremely talented, but does this look natural to you?

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19 Responses

  1. KAte New

    Ad the 10 votes that this is normal are delusional. Take the shoes off! Anytime the horses head moves like that it is not normal!


    Vile cruel and inhumane – show a video on what they have to do to get these poor horses to in naturally go in this manner, shocking cruelty but authorities do not give a dam for these poor babies, look at their faces and ear back, DO THEY LOOK HAPPY ? Cruel BA**ARDS

  3. Gail

    That is so painful to watch. And ugly. Anyone who can do this to a horse has no empathy for the horse.

  4. joan emery

    Tennessee walkers were bred for their smooth all day gait, making them ideal for covering acres of farm and plantation. Never was such an aberration of gait intended. Poor baby.

  5. Karen Hoagland

    this poor animal is being tortured and is horrible pain. Why is this not stopped? Animal cruely at it finest.

  6. J.

    1. Judges must stop placing (rewarding) this cruelty. This includes the soring, chains, stacked shoes and BROKEN tails. Stop hiring judges that continue this practice.
    2. TWHA, as an organization, should start revoking membership, for lifetime, to anyone found to have performed this treatment on their breed. (This could be implemented with all breeds)
    3. Refusal of registration of foals to any breeder caught doing the above.

  7. sonja attocknie

    my Granddad had walkers and so did some of my friends. never did their horses move like that on their own!!!!! i would love to just shoot any owner that does this to their horse right in between their eyes. and if i could get by with it i would. God i hate people more and more. animals of all species and breeds suffer so much. it would be awesome if they all would just gather and turn on all the bad people. i know they wouldn’t me because they would sense the love i have for them. and there are many like me

  8. Suzanne Foggitt

    This cruel practice has to be stopped!! How can anyone who says they love horses do this to a defenceless animal ?? The boots are bad enough, let alone the chemicals they put on their feet to make them so sore that they lift them like that. People who do this to their own horses in the name of competition should be put down !!! They are stealing oxygen !!! Grrrrr

  9. Serenity 1989

    And this is a “Champion”?… Looks more like a poster child for animal cruelty and human’s selfish pursuit of notoriety.

  10. Lynn

    I am at a loss as to what to say. It is so apparent that this horse is suffering….horribly ….every moment of it’s life. How can anyone say this is natural, or in any way “beautiful”, it is abhorrent, ugly and cruel. How can this still be going on?

  11. Anonymous

    Why is this still happening …What’s wrong with people call PETA they will shut them done

  12. Jo Fraser

    This aspect of Equine Sport is beyond disgusting and should be banned. As they saying goes, “Only in America”, sigh.


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