Ask MTSU, And Mr. Rick Insell, To Sever Ties With The Animal Cruelty Of The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse

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These horribly scarred feet, photographed on July 28, 2015,   belong to a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse named “Gen’s Ice Glimmer” (TWHBEA Reg. #20404770/Bloodtype #TWT050457) 

"Glimmer" was found to be "SORE"on April 5, 2013,  at the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show held on the MTSU campus.  Mr. Andy Simpson,  hired as a Judge by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration 2012 Spring Fun Show, allegedly committed cruel acts to make "Glimmer" perform the Big Lick . Facing other federal Animal Cruelty charges unrelated to "Glimmer",  Mr. Simpson started an 8 month federal suspension from showing TWH on June 1, 2015 which runs to January 31, 2016.

Thanks to the Horse Plus Humane Rescue of Hohenwald, Tennessee,  “Glimmer” was saved from slaughter on July 28, 2015 when a person with the 2015 Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  bought Glimmer before he went under the auctioneer’s hammer with killer buyers present.  With his feet permanently disfigured,  "Glimmer" was no more use to the various people who used him for family entertainment for nine years .  

So they apparently decided to get rid of him. 

Almost 11 year old “Glimmer's” last show was the July 18, 2015 London, Kentucky Horse Show.   

On July 19,  “Ice Glimmer”  was offered “For Sale” on Craigs List by a person who won a World Championship at the 2014 Celebration.  "Glimmer" was then taken to auction on July 28 by the WC winner's father.

Fortunately, a person decided "Glimmer" wasn't going to be allowed to be sold at auction for killer prices.  This person stepped in and bought "Glimmer" in the auction company's parking lot where he was being ridden by a young woman on a hard rock surface with lead in his feet and chains around his ankles.

"Glimmer" was inspected on July 31 by a USDA VMO, and found to be bilaterally sore and permanently scarred in both front feet.  A USDA APHIS IES (Investigatory Enforcement Service) investigation was opened to determine what, if any, laws had been violated.

“Glimmer” possesses a blue ribbon pedigree, and a nine year show record over five states - Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina and Virgina. 

Ironically,  the MTSU basketball coach Mr. Rick Insell serves as one of seven Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.   Mr. Insell has said,  "The Celebration has been my life for the last 40 years and being able to stay involved is big for my family and always will.  I really enjoy spending my Friday and Saturday nights during the summer watching them showcase their talents and wonderful horses at the one-night shows across the midstate."  Beginning on August 27 and running through September, the Celebration will feature Big Lick Animal Cruelty. 

At the 2014 TWH Celebration, USDA Vet inspectors disqualified over 15% of all Big Lick horses it inspected.     On July 25, 2015  (three days before Glimmer was saved),   USDA Vet inspectors at the Pulaski Red Carpet Horse Show found 39% of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses it inspected as “SORE” or not complying with the Horse Protection Act.

A state supported University with 23,000 students located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,  MTSU has no business allowing Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses on its campus,  or the Animal Cruelty associated with them to stain its reputation as a place of academic learning.

In 2013,  the flagship University of Tennessee chose to no longer allow a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse to be exhibited at the annual UT Homecoming football game.  It now features a natural flat shod TWH.

In March 2015,  the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) refused to accept a $50,000.00 donation to its children’s hospital generated by Big Lick Animal Cruelty at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

In 2015,  the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture banned Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair after protests against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.

Over 50,000 persons have signed Petitions against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  Tennesseans have staged four public protests against it.   A BOYCOTT Protest will take place at the Celebration in less than three weeks.

It’s now time for MTSU to sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty,  by banning the Big Lick TWH from being exhibited on its property, and to no longer allow its salaried employees to be associated with the Animal Cruelty in any way

And it’s also time for MTSU employee Mr. Rick Insell,  to either immediately resign from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board,  or to resign as the MTSU Blue Raiders Basketball coach.

One of the greatest Tennessee Walking Horses which ever lived, the immortal Wilson’s Allen (never shown Big Lick),  is buried in front of the Horse Science Building at MTSU.    It would honor the memory of Wilson Allen,  sire of Midnight Sun,  for MTSU to set an example,  and ban the Big Lick Animal Cruelty, once and for all.



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