THETA, TN – In the halcyon days of the Big Lickers of 1999, it become apparent to Billy Go Boy and Radar that in order for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to be able to reach its unlimited potential, the evil “Big Lick” had to go its separate way and leave the sound Tennessee Walking Horse and the breed registry to seek its own level.
Now 14 years later, the fork in the road has come.
The Tennessee Walking Show Horse has remained a “fixed” and “sore” creature, and now change is at hand.
Look no further than Honors, the “Saviour Horse” for all the proof you need:
Look no further than Ex-PSHA Chair Terry Dotson who told U. S. Secretary of Agriculture that PSHA would clean up soring, before Terry Dotson got two horses turned down the first night of the 2013 Celebration, then got into a “verbal dustup” with a USDA VMO.
Look no further than 2012 – 2013 TWHBEA Executive Committee Members Wayne Dean, David Mullis and Linda Montgomery with HPA Citation Histories.
A Bill, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, to:
- Remove pads and chains
- Eliminate HIOs
- Make horse soring a felony
is about to pass the United State House of Represenatives by an overwhelming margin.
At the same time, a group of hardened insensitive “Big Lick” crowd which believes it can roll back the clock is about to bring down the curtain of darkness in Lewisburg, Tennessee on the Sound Horse.
All under the charade of some “No Horse Left Behind” or “rail to the trail” foolishness in an effort to put lipstick on a pig
with some reduced pads and leather dog collar when the Sound Horse really does need to leave the “Big Lick” padded and chained horse behind to have a chance to survive.
This greedy misguided out of step crowd at TWHBEA is now going to try and shackle the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to the padded chained “Big Lick. Tracy Boyd summed it up in his May 27, 2013 Statement “When’ve you lost the public, you have lost it all.”
When recently given the opportunity to speak, 63% of the TWHBEA members in a landslide voted to remove the public perception of soring and abuse presently associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse breed – eliminate the pads and chains.
It should be obvious to all by now that a marvelous breed of horses has been burdened, handicapped and held back by the ongoing drama and discord from the evils of the Big Lick which you simply cannot have without soring. At some point a fork in the roads would have to be reached where the Tennesee Walking Horse breed would go one direction and the “Big Lick” horse based on pads and chains and soring would go another.
That point has come – “The Lewisburg Accords”.
Perhaps, the choices are to provide the breed records to both the Sound Horse and the Big Lick and let them both seek members and go forward with their vision of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
There are irreconcilable differences.
These guys need to realize that the clock is NOT going to be turned back.
The “Lewisburg Accords” beckon.