Rood & Riddle wholeheartedly supports the efforts of the AAEP and AVMA to eliminate soring and other intentional methods of inducing pain in the training and performance of Walking Horses.
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is unequivocally opposed to the soring of horses and fully supports the efforts of the AAEP and the AVMA to end this inhumane practice. It has come to the attention of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital that the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization had previously released a statement that the organization has retained Dr. Hopper to attend the recent Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. This is not accurate. Dr. Hopper was not retained by TWSHO or any other organization to attend the Celebration. Dr. Hopper was invited by TWSHO to attend the Celebration horse show. He has no working agreement with the show or any other organization, has not and will not receive any compensation for his attendance, and has not agreed to any future obligations. Rood & Riddle is working with TWSHO to correct this error.
Dr. Hopper’s presence is testament to our belief that there is value in the restoration of the horses of the Tennessee Walking Breed to their original, once proud, plantation heritage. It is our belief that active veterinary involvement is paramount in bringing about positive change in the care of all horses.
Sandy Culbertson said...
The clarification of this issue and your support of the Tennessee Walking Horse is greatly appreciated. Thank you for speaking for those who cannot cry out for themselves.
posted at 1:14 PM on Sep 9th 2012
Ginger Williams, DVM said...
I would like to thank Dr Hopper and Rood and Riddle for your support of the Tennesse Walking Horse. I am an owner exibitor and breeder of this wonderful breed. I am also a Veterinarian and support the efforts to stop soring in our animals. The presence of Dr Hopper at our "Celebration" was a positive step to bring credibility to our efforts to have fair competition of our beloved atheletes.
posted at 1:27 PM on Sep 8th 2012
Jerri Anne Williams said...
As a Veterinary Technicain and an avid Tennessee Walking horse enthusiast I could not agree more with Rood & Riddle's stance on our industries situation. We appreciate Rood & Riddle and Dr. Hopper's involvement so much! Rood & Riddle has cared for many of my Tennessee Walking horses over the past years, and I could not ask for better care of my horses! Thank you for all that you do and for helping the industry that I love.
posted at 12:57 PM on Sep 8th 2012
Kimberly Welsh said...
I appreciate this statement!
One of my TWH's, "Champ" was a patient at your hospital. It was the best place with the best success!
Thank you for your support against soring!
posted at 10:25 PM on Sep 7th 2012
M Powell said...
posted at 9:30 PM on Sep 7th 2012