(SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Walking Horse Trainers' Association has said it is "shocked and saddened" after an undercover video showing one of its trainers abusing horses was released, ABC affiliate WTVC reports.
The video, released along with an investigative report for ABC's Nightline, shows Jackie McConnell, a well-known horse trainer from Collierville, beating horses with wooden sticks and using electric cattle prods to make them lift their feet in the distinct gait that is highly prized in horse shows.
"We don’t condone this behavior or these actions by Jackie McConnell and are confident that the actions in that video are not indicative of the behavior of our members,” WHTA President Jamie Hankins said in the statement.
The association said it plans to suspend McConnell's trainers' license indefinitely.
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