Horse soring "stacks" on the front hooves of a Tennessee Walking Horse at Big Lick competition. HSUS.

Clant Seay video of baby “Big Lick” horses

To say horse soring is hideously cruel seems like the grossest of understatements.

You may have already visited YouTube to see “Big Lick” horses in competitive action. We have, many times, but it never stops being nauseating.

Baby Horses

The video you are about to see, recorded by Clant Seay on the first day of the three day “Big Lick” walking horse show being held right now at Maury County Park in Columbia, Tennessee, features two year old mares and geldings — yes, that’s right, baby horses.


Following a brief introduction by Clant, you can see the horses about 1:13 minutes in.

The first of the three day “Big Lick” walking horse show held at Maury County Park in Columbia, Tenn. The “baby horses”. By Clant Seay, June 4, 2020.

What is Horse Soring?

Soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene—are applied to the horse’s limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering.

A particularly egregious form of soring, known as pressure shoeing, involves cutting a horse’s hoof almost to the quick and tightly nailing on a shoe or standing a horse for hours with the sensitive part of his soles on a block or other raised object. This causes excruciating pressure and pain whenever the horse puts weight on the hoof.

Soring has been a common and widespread practice in the Tennessee walking horse show industry for decades. Today, judges continue to reward the artificial “Big Lick” gait, thus encouraging participants to sore their horses and allowing the cruel practice to persist.

Types of Horses

Tennessee walking horses, known for their smooth gait and gentle disposition, commonly suffer from the practice of soring. Other gaited breeds, such as racking horses and spotted saddle horses, also fall victim.

Fear and Pain

The life of a sored horse is filled with fear and pain. While being sored, a horse can be left in his stall for days at a time, his legs covered in caustic chemicals and plastic wrap to “cook” the chemicals deep into his flesh. In training barns where soring takes place, it is common to see horses lying down in their stalls, moaning in pain.

Whenever the horses are ridden, in training or competition, trainers put chains around the horse’s sored ankles. As the horse travels, the chains slide up and down, further irritating the areas already made painful by soring.

8 thoughts on “Clant Seay video of baby “Big Lick” horses”

    1. Absolutely despicable treatment of young horses. Given the hyperextension of their legs, the poor distribution of forces when their hoof hits the ground, and unnatural squat that they have due to the stacks and the rotund riders….these horses will never be the same. They will suffer pain their entire lives. A pathetic way of showing the rest of the world what Tennessee has to offer…animal torture!!

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  1. I don’t like to wish harm on people, but these are not human beings.
    They are monsters.
    To be a human being you must possess some empathy and compassion.
    These monsters are devoid of both.
    They intentionally and maliciously inflict suffering, pain and cruelty on these poor horses.
    I absolutely despise them – they all belong in jail, but so do the supporters and the heavily-paid politicians in TN such as Martha Blackburn.
    The Bill to BAN this was on the table and then Trump got in.
    One must not look too far to see that the current administration aboslutely hates animals and they have gutted protections for animals in our country including killing mother bears/wolves in their dens while they are milking their young.
    Mitch McConnell who received about $600,000 from Big Lick pro-entities ensured that the Bill to end this egrecious form of horse abuse was taken OFF the table when the GOP senate was voted in.
    He paid back his loyalties.
    I don’t like to get political, but the current Trump administration is deliberately killing thousands of vulnerable animals and wildlife even on PUBLIC LANDS.
    They have given the green light to WIPE-OUT wild horses and burros via the BLM.
    It just goes on and on.
    Anybody of any political affiliation who permits this grotesque vile horse abuse is pure evil because they can’t possibly possess any empathy while watching a horse laying in its stall suffering.
    I once rescued a TWH while I was visiting in TN.
    He was “rescued” out of a barn, long story, but I did buy him.
    He still had his scars.
    I brought him home and when I went to walk him into the barn he went balistic and refused to go in.
    It didn’t take me long to realize that he associated the barn with pain and suffering.
    So I walked him out to a paddock with shelter and there he lived out his life.
    He was such a gentle horse and he was mentally deranged through no fault of his own.
    These horses are ruined for life.
    I despise these people and I will continue to support the Bill that we all will ensure goes through when Trump is ousted in November.
    We will BAN this and jail them – every single one of them.

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    1. These so called people the lowest of the low. Makes me ashamed to be human Horse torture is what it is.


  2. TWO YEAR OLDS!!!!!!!! They haven’t even had a chance to enjoy their early years before being exposed to the horrors of soring! It is inconceivable that the USDA is still allowing this to go on when it is illegal, according to the PAST Act. And worse yet that the audience seems to love watching the naturally beautifully-gaited TWH be subjected to this abusive, artificial gait for a ribbon, prize, or money in the showring.

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