While the nation is grappling with the COVID crisis and seeing major protests in response to the killing of George Floyd, animal protection advocates continue to grapple with the various crises and abuses that those we work to protect face each day, including the ongoing mistreatment of Tennessee Walking Horses. At the beginning of the show season in Tennessee, we generally see a rise in the debate and rhetoric regarding the use of large stacked shoes and ankle chains placed on the horses feet to exacerbate the pain they feel from the application of caustic chemicals such as diesel fuel, mustard oil, and croton oil. Department of Agriculture, which is charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act that was designed to stamp out the abuse. One thing is certain, and we all agree: the current system has failed. They have continued to exercise their Constitutional right to peacefully protest events in public, and the wagons are circling and driving the majority of walking horse abusers across the nation into a five or six county area centered around Shelbyville. The good news is change may come.
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Abusers place large stacked up shoes as tall as six to eight inches high, and ankle chains on the feet to exacerbate the pain. The abuse has become systemic and the big prizes the trainers and owners seek come at the World Championship event that seats about 30, people. The good news is, after decades of horse abuse, change may come. The measure passed the U. House of Representatives in July of by an overwhelming margin but has stalled in the U. Even though a majority of Senators have publicly expressed their support for the legislation, we have been unable to get a vote on it. But we are pushing as hard as ever just for the chance to have a Senate debate and call the vote.
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The state is very resistant to legislation protecting horses from what is considered abuse in other states. I moved to Middle Tennessee in Eager to explore my bucolic new home, Sunday drives included the lush pastures of Shelbyville, TN.
Columbia, Tennessee is a jewel located in picturesque Middle Tennessee — a dynamic community presently enjoying economic prosperity. Hear more Tennessee Voices: Get the weekly opinion newsletter for insightful and thought provoking columns. This year, show organizers did not even bother to sell tickets. The photo was removed after Change.