NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association says the walking horse industry has "clearly lost the public."
According to The Tennessean, association president Tracy Boyd posted a message this week on the group's website, stating he believes modern-day show horses are cleaner than they've ever been. But Boyd said no one outside the industry believes it after a series of horse soring cases came to light.
Boyd said he supports performance horses and the Tennessee walking horse breed, but said the time for change has come.
Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States and a breeders' association board member called Boyd's comments a "major development" for the industry.
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