Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

Bucking bronco. Prescott Frontier Days, Prescott, Arizona. Image by Julie Jacobson (Associated Press).

Prescott Frontier Days in Arizona, billed as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo”, is going ahead June 29 — July 5, 2020 despite increased cases of COVID-19 across the US. A record spike has been reported in six states, including Arizona (see more below in Related Reading).

In the meantime, Cowboy Resource Network states:

“Tens of thousands come from the state, across the country and around the world to attend the festivities and experience the heart-stopping thrills of the eight Pro Rodeo performances. And we are beyond blessed that the PFR Committee has decided to move forward with this year’s event despite everything going on.” Among those thousands will be children.

“Gates open two hours prior to each performance and we encourage our guests to come early, shop, eat and enjoy!”

“The cowboys and the bulls can get ready,” said AZ Gov. Doug Ducey.

Julie Jacobson | Associated Press.
All images by Julie Jacobson. Associated Press.

Sound familiar?

“Big Lick” animal cruelty horse soring events are going forward with their scheduled shows putting horses and attendees at risk. Of course, the horses have no choice.

Cruelty and injury coupled with sickness and death . . . now that’s entertainment.

Related Reading

Florida, Arizona and Texas set records for new COVID-19 cases. Are the governors in the worst-hit states considering another shutdown? Not a chance, if you ask them. NBC News. Jun. 17, 2020.

Painful “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse show season kicks off amidst COVID-19 »

Clant Seay video of baby “Big Lick” horses »

Calgary Stampede cancelled for 1st time in almost a century »


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Mayor green lights Maury County “Big Lick” horse cruelty show

The 75th Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee on August 29, 2013.

MAURY COUNTY, TENNESSEE — According to the New York Times, Tennessee is fourth in the United States where Covid-19 new cases are increasing. Tennessee is just behind the States of California, Virginia, and North Carolina which lead the country.

On May 21, 2020, local horse show managers announced that a three day “Big Lick” walking horse show will be held at Maury County Park in Columbia, Tennessee, June 4-6, 2020, promising that those attending would be required to “socially distance and wear masks.”

So Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles (@AndyOgles), who is in his first term, agreed to allow the mass gathering.

“Mayor Andy Ogles appears oblivious to the fact that many of the horses and people will come to Columbia from nearby counties which have among the highest Covid-19 viral infection rates in the State of Tennessee,” pointed out Clant Seay. “Others will also come from adjoining states such as Georgia which has 42,838 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,683 deaths according to the George Department of Health,” he added. Listen to Mayor Ogles here (YouTube).

Horse soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait traditionally known as the “Big Lick”.

Clant Seay is widely known as a tremendous champion of sored horses who travels from horse show to horse show along with a dedicated group of horse lovers protesting this abhorrent spectacle of horse abuse. They will be at this one. Care to join them?

Seay also lobbies in Washington D.C. for passage of legislation that will close loopholes and strengthen current U.S. anti horse soring law.

Extreme cruelty

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.
Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

Horse soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait traditionally known as the “Big Lick”.

In training barns where soring takes place, it is common to see horses lying down in their stalls, moaning in pain.

Chemical Soring

Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene—are applied to the horse’s limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering.

Mechanical Soring

Another horse soring technique, 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.

A Life of 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.

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.

Related Reading

Protest the cruel abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses in Columbia, TN; Tuesday’s Horse; May 27, 2020. Read more Tuesday’s Horse posts on Soring »

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— Visit the Fund for Horses website for our Horse Soring Fact Sheet » View Images » Take action on pending legislation S.1007 »

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We hardly know what to say. What can be said?

We are all in new territory aren’t we? Global pandemic. Black Lives Matter. Why wouldn’t everybody’s attention be focused on these life altering events.

Unless we have news that we feel you need and want to know, which is becoming increasingly hard to gauge, we will be doing limited posting.

In the meantime, horse soring and racing, the perpetrators of relentless abuse and predictably immune to anything but their own cruel addictive practices, are gearing up as we speak to continue their horror shows in the face of everything going on around them.

Jane Allin also has an in-depth report in the making. We will keep you up to date on that.

Thank you for being part of our family, and caring about the health, safety and protection of horses with us.

Tuesday’s Horse and Fund for Horses Staff

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Take action with the Cloud Foundation regarding Ovarietomies

Cloud the Stallion watches over his territory. The Cloud Foundation.

Please help stop the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management plans to perform ovarietomies on wild mares.


The Cloud Foundation writes:

Despite three successful lawsuits stopping this procedure, two universities pulling out, and enormous public outcry, BLM still plans on moving forward with its plans to rip the ovaries out of mares.

Please stand with us to tell BLM “NO!”. Send the linked sign-on letter to your veterinarian. Most have an email address listed on their website. The more signatures we have, the more influence.

No caring person wants to see these mares go through this torturous procedure with little in the way of aftercare. Together, we can tell the BLM that scores of licensed veterinarians do NOT endorse this cruel procedure.

We have 47 signatures already, our goal is to have 100 by Oct. 25th, just 10 days away. We will then present it to the BLM Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. On October 30th.


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Sample Text

Dear Dr. XX

I’m a client of your practice, you might remember my pets (insert names here). I’m also an advocate for America’s wild horses and burros.

You might not be aware, but the Bureau of Land Management is preparing to perform a sterilization procedure on wild mares, with the intent of eventually taking it into the field. Many reputable equine veterinarians advise strongly against this procedure due to the non-sterile environment, risk of infection, colic and even evisceration.

I’m asking you to please take a moment to read the letter linked HERE and add your name to the long list of veterinarians who oppose this procedure.

Thank you for your time,

(Your Name)

FEATURED IMAGE: Cloud the Stallion. By Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation