Protest the cruel abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses in Columbia, TN

Walking Horse Big Lick. Google image.

CLANT SEAY | CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY (May 27, 2020) — The “Big Lick” has gotten the green light to hold the Columbia “Big Lick” Spring Jubilee Horse Show. It starts next week, and runs for three days — June 4, 5 and 6 — Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Citizens will peacefully assemble at the Maury County Park, and exercise their First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution to free speech along the public roads in peacefully protesting “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty outside the Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show.

Citizens will take photos and make videos of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the pubic park and provide them to news media and post them on the internet and social media,” states Mr. Clant Seay, who heads up these protests across the country wherever “Big Lick” is.

Protestors need to be on the side of the road (properly socially distanced) at the Maury County Park next week to let them know what they are doing is WRONG and ON THE WAY OUT.

"Big Lick" Animal Cruelty Protestors with Clant Seay.
“Big Lick” Animal Cruelty Protestors with Clant Seay.

“We do it for the horses who have no voice. We protest for them,” adds Seay. “The reason we are WINNING this war against this animal cruelty is that we are steadfast, and have stayed the course.”

“YOU have made everything possible and we have come too far to quit now. The “Big Lick” has not had a Show since last November, and they need to see us there next week.”

Contact Clant Seay via Facebook and let him know which day you can do, Friday or Saturday. Here is the Facebook Events Page »

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Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses

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

WVLT-TV reports that American Horse Trainer Monty Roberts has reaffirmed his commitment to end soring as Tennessee Walking Horse events prepare to resume.

Soring is the act of intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait.

Roberts, known as “the man who listens to horses,” has been teaching others a natural, non-violent method of training horses.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Larry Edwards, Hall of Fame Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, said. “That filly started out scared to death, trying to climb over the pen and when he finished with her, she was as gentle as she could be.”

Join Monty Roberts

On July 25, 2019, the United States Congress passed H.R.693 — The PAST Act — 333-96. The PAST Act abolishes the use of “stack and chains”, central to horse soring.

This victory marks the first time Congress has moved to strengthen laws against soring since the practice was first banned.

The Senate version of bill has yet to make it to the floor for a vote. Vivian Farrell of the Fund for Horses urges everyone to please join Monty Roberts in pressing for the passage of S.1007.

“Senators Mitch McConnell and Marsha Blackburn will be employing their full arsenal of tricks to defeat S.1007 and keep the “Big Lick” alive.

They can be defeated, but it will “take a nation”. We are that “nation”.

Visit the Fund for Horses website to learn what steps you need to take. Scroll down to S.1007 — The PAST Act.

Learn how to make phone calls that get results here.

Check status of S.1007 at As of this writing, S.1007 has 51 cosponsors.

NOTE: The Tennessee Walking Horse’s 82nd Annual Celebration is scheduled for August 26th – September 5th, 2020.

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Updated with take action links May 26, 2020.

Sign Petition to cancel “Big Lick” show in Shelbyville, Bedford Co., TN

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

Update 4/29: The Petition reached 2,500 signatures. On its way to 5,000!


The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced on April 23, 2020, that it will hold a “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Show at its 30,000 seat outdoor arena on May 21-23, 2020. The Celebration is located in the City of Shelbyville, Bedford County, TN.

Record Covid-19 Outbreak in Bedford County

According to the Shelbyville Times Gazette newspaper (April 23, 2020), “The number of cases of COVID-19 is growing faster in Bedford County than in any other county in Tennessee. Every four days the number doubles in Bedford County, according to a report in The New York Times that lists the figures for every county in the U.S.”

Protect Public Health and Safety

Please don’t endanger the public health and safety of your community,  and others,  by allowing this “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse show to be held at Shelbyville, Bedford County, TN during this record Covid-19 outbreak.

This “Big Lick” horse show will bring exhibitors and spectators to Shelbyville, TN from out of state.  To hold it at this time will endanger the public health and safety during the midst of this Covid-19 outbreak.

Sign Petition to cancel “Big Lick” show in Shelbyville, Bedford County, TN

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Featured Image: I’m Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

Tennessee Walking Horse Nat’l Celebration Directors go full speed ahead with “Spring Fun Show”

Tennessee Walking Horses peers from his stall during search for proof of horse soring. HSUS image.

SHELBYVILLE, TN (April 23, 2020) Via BILLY GO BOY — The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced today that the “50th Spring Fun  Show” will be held at the Celebration’s large arena on May 21-23, 2020 despite an explosive outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.

According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette Newspaper on April 21, 2020,  Covid-19 Cases in Shelbyville-Bedford County, Tennessee have been up 184% in the past five days.

Here are the decision makers.

Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration Board of Directors

Mr. Jeffrey Howard, Publisher, The Walking Horse Report

Ms. Lisa Turner, CPA

Todd BoboAttorney at Law

Charles McDonald, Celebration Employee

Rick Insell,  Former Shelbyville High School Basketball Coach

David Crowell, Shelbyville Utility Manager

Pat Marsh, Tennessee State Representative, Shelbyville

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

Pending Legislation

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has been on a steep decline since the United States House of Representatives delivered a bipartisan landslide — 333 to 96 — to end the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses forever.

Related Reading

• Bill meant to prevent mistreatment of Tennessee Walking Horses passes in U.S. House (by Andrew Wigdor and Matt Reynolds, USA TODAY NETWORK and Medill News Service), July 25, 2019 »

• Equine Veterinarians Praise Passage of Anti-Soring Legislation in U.S. House, AAEP, July 25, 2019

Resources (f4H Website)

Horse Soring Fact SheetHorse Soring FAQsHorse Soring Images (incl. videos)

• Use of Action Devices and Performance Packages for Tennessee Walking Horses, AVMA, Undated »

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