Abolish All "BABY HORSE" Two Year Old Tennessee Walking Horse Classes (“Big Lick”)

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The Tennessee Walking Horse is the ONLY equine breed in The World which shows TWO YEAR OLDS wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES with CHAINS hitting the sensitive skin above the horse's front hooves.

The "BABY HORSES” are put into "TRAINING" often as early as 15-16 months old. They are "STARTED" with a "SMALL" foot/package which-h is built up to the larger size platform shoes. 

They are "SORED" to see if they can "WALK" through the pain,  and ‘Step High’ to be a Tennessee Walking Show Horse.

This shocking (DoDo) video  - "Here's What Soring Does To Horses" exposes the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Animal Racket as nothing more than base and abject ANIMAL CRUELTY.  


Viewed over 16.4 MILLION TIMES,   the viral video features “Gen’s Ice Glimmer”,  an abused Tennessee Walking Show Horse.   The first horse show is a Two Year Old “BABY HORSE” at the 2016 Coumbia, TN “Big Lick” Horse Show.

This Video is from the “BABY HORSE” Two Year Old Class at Asheville, NC in October 2018.  It has been viewed over 343,000 times.


This Video is the “BABY HORSE” Two Year Old World Grand Champion at the 2018 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Facebook first “covered”,  and then removed the content as being “graphic and violent”. The TN Walking Horse National Celebration considers it to be wholesome family entertainment.


This video shows 59 DAYS of "Big Lick" Training on a “BABY HORSE” (Sep. 6 - Nov. 4) needed to "Make" a "Big Lick" Show Prospect.


“The ‘Big Lick’ is a pain induced gait,”  says Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner,  Horse Science Professor at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University).  "It is a business based on the suffering and pain of Horses”.  “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horses front feet to exaggerate their animated step."

Many Tennessee Walking Horses like are started under saddle as merely “Babies” – about 15-17 months old in the Fall of the year.   And now Videos like this one are starting to surface on the internet with “Big Lick” Trainers and owners bragging about the progress of the “BABY HORSES” doing the “Big Lick”? 


Putting “BABY HORSES” in the Show Ring wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES and CHAINS is barbaric,  and an atrocity.  The "Big Lick" gait should never be accepted or sanctioned by civilized society in 2019.

Please voice YOUR outrage and opposition to this vile practice by SIGNING and SHARING this Petition.

Your Signatures and Comments will be delivered to:

·      Mr. Bill Cantrell, President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association;

·      Ms. Janet Donlin,  CEO, American Veterinary Medical Association; 

·      Mr. Jeffrey Howard, Publisher - The Walking Horse Report/Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration; 

·      Mr. Rory Williams, Executive Director (TWHBEA) Breed Registry;

·      Ms. Robin Broadway,  President,  American Horse Council.

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To end this "BABY HORSE" Torture, the “WE, The People” - CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”) and Animal Wellness Action of Washington, D. C. first proposed the introduction of the “U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST Act” to end the Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses

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The "TYDINGS Memorial PAST Act" was introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives on January 22, 2019.