US Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Protest Mitch McConnell and the “Big Lick”, Fri., Sept. 4th, in Shelbyville

CLANT SEAY invites everyone who can to protest in person with him Friday, Sept. 4th, at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and the visiting Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Seay writes:

U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has perpetuated “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. Since 1988, “Big Lick” Multi-Millionaires have paid him more than $1 MILLION to allow them to continue to TORTURE “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

“Moscow Mitch” will NOT allow a VOTE on the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate, and McConnell is coming to the Celebration THIS FRIDAY for a $1,000.00 per person Fundraiser sponsored by the “Big Lick” perps.

Protest contact info

Email Clant Seay at to let him know you can join him, and how many folks you are bringing with you. Clant provides easy to follow directions, signs, Covid supplies etc; he’ll let you know more about that when you contact him to say you are coming. Thank you!

2018 CCBLAC Protest at the Shelbyville, Tenneesee "National Celebration" featuring horse soring, or "Big LIck" animal cruelty. ©Clant Seay.
2018 CCBLAC Protest at the Shelbyville, Tenneesee “National Celebration” featuring horse soring, or “Big LIck” animal cruelty. ©Clant Seay.

It’s a little over an hour by car from Nashville to Shelbyville by car, and around 3 1/2 hours from Louisville.

Protest via social media

If you cannot attend, please make a big noise everywhere you can starting now on social media using hashtags such as: #ditchmitch #ditchhorsesoring #ditchmitch2020 #horsecruelty.

Pending legislation

On July 24, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 693) in a 333 to 96 bipartisan vote. This legislation amends the Horse Protection Act, closing loopholes that have allowed violators to continue “soring” horses. The Senate version is being blocked by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn) from getting a vote we are 100% confident it would most certainly win. McConnell and Blackburn have been acting on the side of “Big Lick” animal cruelty for many years.

The "Big Lick" pictured here is accomplished from 'soring' Tennessee Walking horses so they will snatch their feet up in a jerky, awkward gait from intense pain in pursuit of a ribbon. From the Columbia Daily Herald.
The “Big Lick” pictured here is accomplished from ‘soring’ Tennessee Walking horses so they will snatch their feet up in a jerky, awkward gait from intense pain in pursuit of a ribbon. From the Columbia Daily Herald.

About horse soring

Soring is the use of chemicals or mechanical devices to cause pain to the front feet and legs of horses when they touch the ground. This results in the horses picking up their front feet higher and faster than they would do naturally. It is closely associated with a unique high-stepping action of the front legs called “big lick” movement in show ring Tennessee Walking Horses.

Under normal circumstances, “big lick” action is normally created by horseshoes that have added pads and weight (sometimes called “stacks”), usually combined with additional weighted chains or rollers placed around the pasterns to create dramatic, high-stepping flashy action of the horse’s front legs, desired in the horse show ring.

Practitioners of soring do so because they believe that the pain associated with this practice exaggerates the “big lick” to a greater degree and gives them a competitive edge over other horses. Other breeds that have a history of soring including the Racking Horse and the Spotted Saddle Horse.

Horse soring is illegal in the U.S. under the Horse Protection Act of 1970, however, it has been consistently violated over the decades virtually unchecked. A bill (see above) is pending that would strengthen the current law and finally bring this horrific horse abuse to an end.

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5 thoughts on “Protest Mitch McConnell and the “Big Lick”, Fri., Sept. 4th, in Shelbyville”

  1. It is unbelievable to even contemplate that the most intelligent species on earth still thrives on cruelty and animal abuse…even after thousands of years of using them at our will and to our benefit and to their distress, pain, and mental cruelty as well as physical cruelty. Why is there even any question about the subject of soring? Seriously? What kind of morons do we have making, preserving and exercising unfair and cruel laws,..Please tell us how they can tell themselves that it is okay to put acid on an animals legs to make them high step by cooking the flesh in it.. and think it is acceptable for any discipline on earth maintained by a civilized society. I am an accomplished horsewoman of 77 who ahs been an equestrian for near 72 years, and have bred, trained, and ridden my own horses all my life.. and still am!! We don’t need the likes of these folks in the horse community.


  2. I would do anything to be present with Clay and the other anti-big lick protestors. I will do anything I can via social media to show people how horrific this practice of soring is!

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  3. When will the soring end? When politicians stop accepting $$ from the big lick trainers and owners. They are not capable of policing themselves. I saw walkers coming out of the local- michigan little celebration- 30 years ago with bloody pasterns. It was cruel then and now. The gait was ” creepy- crawly ” then. A well known owner and her stud- tar baby- exemplified that wicked gait. Tragedy as it is a comfortable gait without that cruelty and there are good walker owners and trainers that do not do cruel shoeing .Stay brave Clant Seay!!

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