The horrors of horse soring aren’t limited to the show ring

See My Magic, a 13 year-old Tennessee Walking Horse, peers out the window of his stall in unicorporated Pierce County near Roy, Wash. on March 27, 2016. A week later a horse trailer drove up and took him away. Enforcement authorities will not comment. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

Horse soring is the intentional infliction of excruciating pain on a horse’s front hooves and lower legs causing them to “snatch up” their front legs in an exaggerated gait called the “Big Lick” prized in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions. It is a vicious and ugly business.

These highly painful treatments are applied not only on competition days, but also throughout the horse’s entire competitive career.

The article opens with:

Have you seen See My Magic?

The 13 year-old Tennessee Walking Horse named See My Magic whose handling outraged horse lovers around the world, was calmly loaded into a trailer behind a pickup truck and driven to an undisclosed location last week on the morning of April 4th, neighbors report. Pierce County Animal Control, which has been involved in this case since 2012, would not give any details.

The chestnut-colored horse had been locked in a stall for at least two years wearing angled performance shoes several inches high, according to owner Ted Taylor of unincorporated Pierce County near Roy, Washington. Animal News Northwest first reported this story in January 2016.

See My Magic, a Tennessee Walking horse, stands on stacks, or angeled performance shoes, in his stall in Unicorporated Pierce County near Roy, Wash. in the spring of 2015. This breed of horse is famous for their parallel gait resulting in a smoth ride. Many owners accentuate this gait with action devices such as chains, the high angled shoes, and painful chemicals. These horses are kept in stalls while wearing the shoes because they would trip and injure themselves if let outside. See My Magic never has his shoes taken off. Pierce County Animal Control reported they see no indication of soring. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)
See My Magic, a Tennessee Walking horse, stands on stacks, or angled performance shoes, in his stall in unicorporated Pierce County near Roy, Wash. in the spring of 2015. This breed of horse is famous for their parallel gait resulting in a smooth ride. Many owners accentuate this gait with action devices such as chains, the high angled shoes, and painful chemicals. These horses are kept in stalls while wearing the shoes because they would trip and injure themselves if let outside. See My Magic never has his shoes taken off. Pierce County Animal Control reported they see no indication of soring. (Photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

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When See My Magic‘s story broke online, it created a furious storm across the country through every social media outlet available. Online fundraisers, together with private donors, pitched in and raised more than $20,000 in an attempt to buy the See My Magic‘s freedom. The owner would not sell, couldn’t sell — the horse himself being the evidence of the owner’s laundry list of criminal abuses.

Not surprisingly while all this was going on, the horse’s owner, Pierce County Animal Control, and local and national Tennessee Walking Horse associations remained predictably silent.

“Through it all,” the report states, “See My Magic continued standing — silent and isolated — in his stall, occasionally peering out through the barred window at the rainy world beyond.”

The Dodo reported that See My Magic had not been out of his stall “for years”.

“We suspect the horse has been in the stall for more than three years and possibly even four years without ever having been let outside,” animal activist Nicki Callahan, who lives about 50 miles away in Seattle, told The Dodo.

See My Magic, a 13 year old Tennessee walking Horse, remains locked in a stall in Roy, Washington on March 27, 2016. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

Suddenly, on Sunday, April 3rd, See My Magic was loaded up and driven off, never to be seen or heard of again.

What happened to See My Magic? Our guess is he was likely killed or sent to slaughter. Dead horses leave a trail. Slaughtered horses do not. They are turned into meat and other products. So slaughter would be a highly useful way for the horse’s now highly notorious owner to get rid of him.

See My Magic was living, breathing evidence of Ted Taylor’s illegal activities and law enforcement’s failure to enforce the law.

HELP

Horse soring is not just about the abuse and suffering of walking horses competing for ribbons in show rings.  It is about the ongoing mental and physical suffering from beginning to end, during training and competition.

There is a bill pending before Congress, the PAST Act of 2019, that will stop horse soring dead in its tracks. It has passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House 333-96. It now needs to pass the Senate — an even sterner challenge — difficult but not impossible task, with your help.

TAKE ACTION

Will you give 10 to 15 minutes of your time right now to contact both of your U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor S.1007 (the PAST Act of 2019) to help Tennessee Walking Horses and put an end to the abominable practices associated with horse soring?

You can do it online very easily in a few easy steps: 1. Draft your message, 2. Find your two U.S. Senators’ contact forms online, 3. Copy and paste your message into the message box. 4. Hit send!

Your message should include, “Please cosponsor and commit yourself to voting for S.1007, the PAST Act of 2019, which will eliminate horse soring, an abusive, highly painful and sometimes crippling training regimen, used to exaggerate an already naturally, beautiful high stepping gait, for competitions.”

Find and Contact Your U.S. Senators at Senate.gov. There are drop down boxes so you can sort by State or alphabetically.

Some senators post e-mail addresses on their websites while others post comment forms. When sending e-mail to your senator, please include your return postal mailing address. It identifies you as a constituent.

TELEPHONE

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

THANK YOU

S.1007 currently has 46 cosponsors. It needs 60+ to have any chance of getting onto the Senate Floor for a vote.

Thank you in honor of See My Magic and all the other horses who have suffered so much through the cruel and vicious practice of horse soring.

Fun Horse Facts for Kids

Polk Reading with Rescues Program at at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.

Hey, it’s Patsy, back in the saddle here at Tuesday’s Horse.

School is in full swing. How about some horse facts for kids first?

Horse Facts for Kids

• Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.

• Horses can run shortly after birth.

• Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.

• A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.

• Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.

• Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.

• Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).

• Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.

• Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.

• Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).

• The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).

• Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.

• Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.

• A male horse is called a stallion.

• A female horse is called a mare.

• A young male horse is called a colt.

• A young female horse is called a filly.

• Ponies are small horses.

Source: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/horse.html. More about ponies at http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/pony.html.

Did you know . . . ?

All Thoroughbred racehorses no matter when they foal share the same birthday, January 1st, in the Northern Hemisphere, and August 1st, in the Southern Hemisphere. In the first year of their lives they are referred to as yearlings.

Here is a cool video for children of all ages. I learned some things I’d never heard, and I’ve around horses since I was a wee lassie. Turn the sound down before you hit play. It can be kinda loud.

Next up . . . .

Reading with Rescues

The featured image I chose for this post is from the Polk Reading with Rescues Program at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida. I wanted so much to tell you about them.

The Hope Equine Rescue is where neglected, abused and simply unwanted horses, ponies, miniature horses and even donkeys are taken into care and rehabilitated, The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida tell us, plus something very special they do there, called Reading with Rescues:

Mary Shields is a saddle fitter by trade, working with show horses and riders, but runs the center’s Reading with Rescues program.

“It teaches the kids multiple things,” Shields said, the sun starting to dip low on the horizon and painting the barns in a golden light. “They learn how to speak in front of a crowd because horses don’t judge if they misspeak or mispronounce a word — they don’t laugh. Moms and dads will come and read with them. It fosters a love of reading for the kids.”

Shields said that last year, one boy had to read the entire U.S. Constitution, so he brought out a copy and read it to one of the rescues.

“Our horses are very educated,” she laughed.

From the Reading with Rescues Program at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.

Source: https://www.theledger.com/news/20190915/polk-reading-with-rescues-program-allows-kids-to-interact-with-horses »

Isn’t that the coolest? Be back with you soon. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. — Patsy

The Vegan 8 Vanilla Cupcakes

Vegan 8 Vanilla Cupcakes by Brandi Doming.

My most favourite vegan chef is Richa Hingle, known to the world as Vegan Richa. Hot on her heels is another tremendous vegan chef, Brandi Doming, or The Vegan 8 (the 8 representing that her recipes contain 8 ingredients or less).

I discovered The Vegan 8 on Instagram and fell in love with Doming’s baked goods — me being the obsessed baker that I am. I would rather bake than cook any day. Truly my great love besides family and animals is baking.

Today I want to feature a cupcake recipe that is particularly dear to my heart. It’s a vanilla cupcake recipe made with rice flour and no oil. This is melt in your mouth vegan heaven.

Here’s what it looks like on Instagram. I list the ingredients just below that. There are some ingredients that are not likely to be on your shelf, vegan or not, so I am putting Amazon links to them.

Vegan 8 Vanilla Cupcakes

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I have a friend's birthday 🎉this weekend and thought I'd share what I'm making…these BEST WHITE VANILLA CUPCAKES! I enjoy baking for others immensely. I have been baking since I was a kid and it’s a way I like to express my love and appreciation for people I care about. ❤️ If you are looking for the absolute best cupcakes you ever sunk your teeth into, these are IT my friends. ALL 5 ⭐️ star reviews on the blog. (See readers remakes and reviews in my stories!) You can see just how light, fluffy and cloud-like that texture is! This was one of my most tested recipes of all-time for that TRUE cupcake texture. Cupcakes should be light, soft, tender and FLUFFY. I am very picky and don’t want my cupcake to be dense and wet looking or tasting. This can happen often with vegan baking, especially gluten-free, but I cracked the code on these babies and they are light as air. They are both GLUTEN-FREE & OIL-FREE (there is a cake flour version noted though if you aren't gluten-free), but you'd never in a million years guess it. Link to recipe in profile! https://thevegan8.com/vegan-gluten-free-vanilla-cupcakes/ #bakersofinstagram #vegancupcakes #vanillacupcakes #veganbaking #veganbaker

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Ingredients

Buttercream Frosting

» Go here for Directions

(Don’t worry about clicking the link above. This site is totally cool. It’s not one of those that bombards you with pop ups and ads jumping up and down so you can barely scroll or read anything. Hate ’em!)

These are the dreamiest cupcakes ever. They are wonderful for bridal showers, baby showers, christenings and more.

If it helps regarding keeping some non standard ingredients around, I do a monthly order on Amazon for things I don’t find easily in neighborhood grocery stores. I get items that can stay good on the shelf for a decent amount of time.

Shop The Vegan 8 and Vegan Richa Cookbooks

Last but certainly not least is The Vegan 8 Cookbook. You will not try to make one recipe, get frustrated and put it on a shelf to collect dust.

and

Vegan Richa's Everyday Kitchen cookbook.
Buy It Now! At Amazon.com.

Bye for now dear ones. See you again real soon with some harvest inspired recipes. It’s almost that time. Hooray!

Love y’all bunches. Patsy.

Updated 3:31 pm

Wild horses need our voices; Cloud call to action

Galloping wild horse herd. (Stock Photo)

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

Please join The Cloud Foundation with us. Call your U.S. Senators using the following script. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.

Script:

1. Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in _______________. My phone # is ______________. (Give all that info upfront for simplicity)

2. I am asking Senator _____________ to vote AGAINST funding the Dept. of Interior Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2020, which includes the Livestock Lobby/ASPCA/HSUS plan to remove over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands in the next 10 yrs. Our wild herds are protected by federal law and should be managed ON THE RANGE, not warehoused at tax-payer expense.

3. Again my name is ______________________, from ____(town)______. Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in.

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Find your Senator’s phone number here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Not sure who your senators are? Find here: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

BACKGROUND

The disastrous “management” plan that calls for the removal of over 100,000 wild horses and burros from the range over the next decade will soon be up for Senate approval in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior spending bill.

If you’re unfamiliar with the plan, The Cloud Foundation responded in depth to the proposing organizations. Read it here.