Here’s our favorite chronicler of horse soring and its annual feature event, the Celebration Cruelty Carnival (our words not his), Roy Exum.
The future is looking delightfully bleak for the Big Lick crowd as they limp and stumble toward their annual Shelbyville mash up. We are as delighted about this as Exum is.
Competitions that severely abuse horses so they can perform abnormally high-stepping gaits (that would be the Big Lick — name explains a lot) must be wiped off the map.
We’ll give you a little teaser here of Mr. Exum’s OpEd in The Chattanoogan:
The start of the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is less than three weeks away, but, according to some accounts, it just might resemble more of a funeral. Ever since the “Big Lick” industry came under the harsh glare of the nation’s scorn in May, one catastrophic blunder after another will almost assure the 11-day spectacle in Shelbyville will feature the dying breath of a loathsome faction of tainted horse owners, trainers and officials.
The day of “The Big Lick,” where horses are cruelly abused and sored so the magnificent creatures take unnatural and painful high steps, is nearing its demise and, to the delight of the 98 percent of walking horse owners worldwide, it is believed that the scurrilous leadership based in Shelbyville could easily be on the verge of collapse as well.