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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!

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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.

2019 Celebration Grand Champion winner suspended

Help End Horse Soring

The script never changes when it comes to horse soring, does it?

Clant Seay writes:

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.

But that’s not all of course. It never is with these “folks”. Seay adds:

Mr. Rodney Dick will start serving an 18 month USDA Federal Suspension on October 1, 2019, for two alleged “Horse Soring” violations occurring at the 2016 TWH Celebration. Mr. Dick also agreed to pay a $2,200.00 fine related to his suspension which will end March 31, 2021.

Of course this atrocious human being could care less because he got his ribbon. All of that horrific abuse of a horse who could barely canter because of the excruciating pain he was in — for a lousy ribbon. Where else would you see such a thing? We must stop it.

S.1007 — The PAST Act

Please contact your two U.S. Senators today and ask them to cosponsor S.1007, the PAST Act, and stay committed to giving it their yes vote. The PAST Act has already passed the U.S. House 333-96. When the PAST Act becomes law it will end the ongoing monstrous acts of animal cruelty that is horse soring.

It will only take you a few minutes. Will you do that for these horses?

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 & paste your message. Send.

We hope you will 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.

In case you need to see what this looks like again.

Seay tells us more:

Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick is the second Walking Horse Trainer to go on USDA Suspension for alleged “Horse Soring” charges in the last three years.

The first was Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ Mr. Bill Callaway who established the “Tennessee Tradition” of going on USDA Federal Suspension for alleged “horse soring”. Mr. Callaway did so at 12:01 A.M. on Monday, September 4, 2017, after winning the Celebration World Grand Championship at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Ask Congress to close the loopholes that allows this horrific “sport” to go on.

Find and contact your two U.S. Senators at Senate.gov »

Thank you on behalf of I’m Mayhem and all of the thousands of horses like him who have suffered and will continue to suffer these cruelties unless we bring it to an end for them.

Nashville Vote on Soring Ban Tonight

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

NEWS RELEASE

Effort to Stop Animal Cruelty Secured an Overwhelming Majority of Lawmakers in Congress Voting for Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, August 6, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, by a vote of 333 to 96. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville), joined U.S. Reps. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville), and Steve Cohen (D-Memphis), in bipartisan fashion voting for the measure that would end six decades of abuse. In a spirited debate on the House floor, Reps. Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper), and John Rose (R-Cookeville), represented the pro-soring coalition against the PAST Act in defense of the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty that’s exhibited annually at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville.


Caslon Quote Left BlackI have tried to persuade the walking horse industry to clean up its act for many years and have given it a chance to stop the scandals.” —U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper


Tonight, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County is set to vote on a measure to ban the same soring devices as the PAST Act – large stacked shoes and ankle chains utilized to create the “Big Lick” soring ‘tradition’ that’s plagued the state and the Tennessee Walking Horse breed for six decades. Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ front limbs by applying caustic chemicals such as mustard oil or kerosene or inserting sharp objects into the horses’ hooves to create the exaggerated gait known as the “Big Lick.” The council’s measure, led by Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy, comes on the heels of the historic U.S. House vote on July 25th.

“We applaud Reps. Jim Cooper, Tim Burchett, and Steve Cohen, and Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy for their courageous and historical stand against the scourge of soring that’s marred the state and Tennessee Walking Horse for sixty years,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. “These Tennessee heroes have sent a strong message to the U.S. Senate and pro-soring coalition that obstructionist tactics to keep the soring ‘tradition’ alive will not prevail.”

Priscilla Presley, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Holly Gann, and Marty Irby on Capitol Hill Discussing the PAST Act.
Priscilla Presley, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Holly Gann, and Marty Irby on Capitol Hill Discussing the PAST Act.

“I have tried to persuade the walking horse industry to clean up its act for many years and have given it a chance to stop the scandals,” said Rep. Jim Cooper in a letter to constituents. “Congress has lost its patience. The public wants horses protected.”

The PAST Act, led by U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), cochairs of the Congressional Veterinary Medicine Caucus, was cosponsored by 308 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis), and its Senate companion, led by U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mark Warner (D-VA) has garnered 43 cosponsors in the Upper Chamber.

Like Murphy’s measure, the PAST Act would ban the use of painful large stacked shoes and ankle chains, but would also eliminate the existing system of self-regulation by the industry, and toughen penalties for violators of the Horse Protection Act and is supported by Animal Wellness Action, the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sherrif’s Association, and Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association

The PAST Act has been blocked in Congress for the past six years by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, and Marsha Blackburn, along with DesJarlais, but the new House Rules in the 116th Congress created a pathway for any legislation that’s reached 290 cosponsors (2/3 of the House) to receive a vote.

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The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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Featured Image / Stacks — HSUS (not filed with this Press Release)