Take action against Big Lick Animal Cruelty

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

HORSE SORING — Calling all advocates against horse soring. Please help sored horses by joining a protest, signing a Petition against it and contacting federal legislators to endorse the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act which will close the loopholes in the current law exploited by "Big Lickers". What is Horse Soring? Horse soring is a… Continue reading Take action against Big Lick Animal Cruelty

Walking horse group successful with new rules

Tennessee Walking Horses competing with stacks.

Cross-posted from WBIR TV When legislation to toughen federal protections against horse soring gained momentum last year, opponents said the proposed rule changes would decimate their walking horse show industry. But a Murfreesboro-based walking horse group says it has found a way to thrive regardless of what becomes of those stiffer rules. Dee Dee Miller,… Continue reading Walking horse group successful with new rules

Roy Exum: Our sored Walkers weep

Cross-posted from The Chattanoogan » By ROY EXUM I believe the United States Constitution is our most precious document. I also believe in order for us to live in the way that so many who have died for our country dreamed we would someday, we must cherish the Constitution, uphold it, and glory in it.… Continue reading Roy Exum: Our sored Walkers weep

Ayotte, Warner reintroduce legislation in Senate to prevent horse soring

Stacked shoes of a sored Tennessee Walking Horse. HSUS image.

• Cross-posted from the August Free Press » U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today reintroduced legislation to protect horses from the abusive practice known as soring – in which show horse trainers apply blistering or burning agents, lacerations, sharp objects, or other substances or devices to a horse’s limb to intentionally… Continue reading Ayotte, Warner reintroduce legislation in Senate to prevent horse soring

Big Licker served 55 felony counts for filthy, emaciated Tennessee Walking Horses

Cross-posted from The Chattanoogan » By ROY EXUM In what was described as “a scene from some sick horror movie,” Giles County sheriff’s deputies and animal welfare officers raided the farm of known “Big Licker” Jeffery Alan Mitchell near Pulaski, Tn., last week and confiscated 55 Tennessee Walking Horses, all horribly malnourished and some that… Continue reading Big Licker served 55 felony counts for filthy, emaciated Tennessee Walking Horses

PAST Act: Horse vote ‘inevitable’ says Whitfield

Cross-posted from The Chattanoogan BY ROY EXUM Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky), the primary sponsor of a broad bill that will greatly hamper those who abuse and torture Tennessee Walking Horses, has told a reporter for the Gannett News Service he believes the pending legislation now has “unstoppable momentum” and that a vote seems “inevitable.” Whitfield… Continue reading PAST Act: Horse vote ‘inevitable’ says Whitfield

Roy Exum: Horse Alliance Offers Hope

Cross-posted from The Chattanoogan by ROY EXUM When a large group of carefully-selected owners and trainers revealed the newly-formed All-American Walking Horse Alliance on Monday, it sent a shock wave that was accompanied with a dire warning through the embattled Walking Horse industry based in Tennessee. It marked the first time in history that horsemen… Continue reading Roy Exum: Horse Alliance Offers Hope

Horses walk on Washington

Cross-posted from The Tennessean by ROY EXUM A group of Tennessee Walking Horse owners, shocked and angered over any opposition that would thwart badly-needed reform in an industry where sadistic torture and a half-century of cheating still runs amok, have just announced the group is going to Washington next month in a public protest they… Continue reading Horses walk on Washington

Walking Horse owners sue Blount County SPCA for $2.1M

AS REPORTED BY WBIR by EVAN JOHNSON (WBIR) -- Seven horse owners are suing the Blount County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) for $2.1 million. They claim their horses missed an entire show season in which the animals would have been able to win prize money. The lawsuit stems from an… Continue reading Walking Horse owners sue Blount County SPCA for $2.1M

Charges dropped against Tenn. horse sorer Wheelon; case may go to Grand Jury

Remember Larry Wheelon? He is the Tennessee Walking horse trainer whose barn in Blount County, Tennessee, was raided and a large number of his horses taken away because of evidence of "soring". Wheelon was later charged with felony animal cruelty. A hearing was set initially for May 17th. Roy Exum reports: Wheelon, a 68-year-old trainer… Continue reading Charges dropped against Tenn. horse sorer Wheelon; case may go to Grand Jury