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I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

It’s not “a few bad apples”; rather the entire barrel of apples is rotten. The “Big Lick” is no better than dog fighting and cock fighting. All who practice or support it are guilty because animal cruelty is absolutely necessary to create and maintain the “Big Lick” gait. Horses do not have a voice, so we protest for them until “Big Lick” animal cruelty no longer exists.

— Clant Seay


TAKE ACTION

Contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to please cosponsor S.1007 — The PAST Act.

Calls are superior. The Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. The operator will put you through. Have the name of the Senator you are calling ready!

Not super comfortable about phoning? That’s okay. Our experience is that the following online legislative service is every bit as good. Perhaps even better!

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It’s great using our talking points but please add how you feel personally about this issue. That really gets lawmakers’ attention.

CLANT SEAY

Clant Seay is the founder and leader of  Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty and the main mover and shaker behind the success of the House version of this bill which passed 333-96. Learn more at Clant Seay’s website » See Clant Seay’s Facebook page here »

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I’m Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. Photographer unknown.

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.

More “Big Lick” trainers suspended; take action

I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

In a commentary published on June 10, 2019 in The Daily Herald Newspaper of Columbia, TN, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) Founder Clant M. Seay writes concerning flagrant horse soring in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions:

It’s not “a few bad apples; rather the entire barrel of apples is rotten. The “Big Lick” is no better than dog fighting and cock fighting. All who practice or support it are guilty because animal cruelty is absolutely necessary to create and maintain the “Big Lick” gait. There was no truce over Civil Rights in America, nor will there be a truce over “Big Lick” animal cruelty. Horses do not have a voice, so we protest for them until the “Big Lick” animal cruelty no longer exists.

More recently, in a post published on September 11, 2019, Seay informs us:

ALL top three Celebration Trainer BOYZ — Mr. Rodney Dick, Mr. Herbert Derickson and Mr. Gary Edwards — are about to go on USDA Federal Suspension for alleged “HORSE SORING” (“Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to ‘Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses), along with the Walking Horse Trainers Association “Trainer Of The Year”, Mr. Phillip Trimble, it sure looks like the whole bowl is chock full of “bad apples”.

Seay had already reported Dick’s suspension:

World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick upholds “Tennessee Tradition” of going on the USDA federal suspension list for alleged “horse soring” shortly after the conclusion of this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

In the face of the continued failure of the current law to effectively protect the Tennessee Walking Horse from soring, how can the U.S. Senate fail to pass current legislation that will effectually end it?

S.1007 — The PAST Act of 2019

S.1007 currently has 45 cosponsors. We need a minimum of 60 to give this bill a glimmer of hope. More would be a huge advantage. Why?

A U.S. Senator (possibly more than one; the Clerk wouldn’t specify) has put a “hold” on S.1007 in order to prevent the bill from getting a vote. 60 Senators are required to invoke cloture, a procedure used to break a hold and get a bill its rightful vote by the full Senate.

Action to Take

Type up what you want to say. Go to Senate.gov and find your two Senators. If you don’t know who they are there’s a drop down box where you can sort by State. Click on their links to go to their pages. Click on the email link. Copy and paste your message. Send.

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You will need to know your Senators’ names before calling.

Speak from the heart. This will impress your lawmakers more than anything else. If you have any questions email us at info@horsefund.org or ask us in comments below.

The House version of this bill passed 333-96 due to your participation and hard work. Let’s rid these horses of the extreme cruelty of soring.

Thank you.


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Rodney Dick competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration on this year’s 2019 Grand Champion, I’m Mayhem.  Photographer Unknown.

Attendance at “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty show at a 50 year low

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

Clant Seay and the people who protest at “Big Lick” animal cruelty events with him — plus every one of you who contacted your U.S. Representative making that historic landslide victory in the U.S. House 333 to 96 possible— are the true heroes of the “sored” Tennessee Walking Horse. Take action in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Seay reports the following regarding this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, where horses are “sored” to give them an unnaturally high stepping gait:

SHELBYVILLE, TN – (c) A devastating landslide vote (333 to 96) in the U. S. Congress, along with the determined protests by “WE, The People” – Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC), have cut attendance at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to a shocking 50 year low — fewer than 25,000 actual attendance (persons occupying seats at the Celebration events).

Based on eye-witnesses and photographs, the 2019 Celebration attendance was under 25,000 for the ten (10) nights of the event.

A lifetime Celebration patron said, “A ten night event has essentially now become a one night horse show”. The 2019 Celebration actual attendance was paltry, except for the first Saturday and the second Friday and Saturday.

Read more, view all the empty seats at Mr. Seay’s “Billy Go Boy” website »

Here is this year’s Grand Champion. Look at the horse. Look at the rider.

Rodney Dick and Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion I'm Mayhem. Photo by Gary Johnson (Times-Gazette).
Rodney Dick and Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion I’m Mayhem. Photo by Gary Johnson (Times-Gazette).

You can watch this part of their hideous show featuring the eventual winner pictured above and the still frame of the video below. You can also see how sparsely attended it is now. Let’s get rid of it altogether.

No rational, decent human being can perpetuate these atrocities and inflict the endless, daily suffering on these horses in order to get this gait without being socially and morally challenged, and in some cases have shown to be dangerous to humans as well.

Case in point: On more than one occasion, “Big Lick” participants enraged at protesters have tried to run them down with their trucks. These protesters were doing nothing more than standing out of the way on a patch of grass, holding up signs.

FOSH President Teresa Bippen is nearly run down and killed by a black truck pulling a trailer during a peaceful protest of horse soring at a Big Lick event in Columbia, Tennessee. That's Teresa in the pink top on the right, behind the sign she is holding. Photo: Billy Go Boy.
FOSH President Teresa Bippen is nearly run down and killed by a black truck pulling a trailer during a peaceful protest of horse soring at a Big Lick event in Columbia, Tennessee. That’s Teresa in the pink top on the right, behind the sign she is holding. Photo: Billy Go Boy.

Learn more in Clant Seay’s full report about this year’s “Celebration” »

New to the issue?

Horse soring is a painful practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait to win big prizes, such as Tennessee Walking Horse competitions.

This is accomplished by irritating the hooves and forelegs through the injection or application of chemical or mechanical irritants.

As a sored horse tries to escape the intense pain in his front feet and lower legs, he snatches them up giving the “desired effect” known as the “Big Lick.”

See full Fact Sheet on The Horse Fund website » • Take Action for Sored Horses »