CHATTANOOGA, TN – It was interesting to listen to what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told The Tennessean Editorial Board on Dec. 8, 2013, min 8:00 – 11:00, when he was questioned about the Tennessee Walking Horse and the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act presently before Congress.
Senator Alexander recalled in the interview when he recruited Nissan to Tennessee in 1981 he was surprised to learn that the Emperor had Tennessee Walking Horses. Alexander recounted how the state is known for the Tennessee Walking Horse along with Elvis and The Celebration.
Senator Alexander needs to know that in 2014 many things have changed including the “image” of the Tennessee Walking Horse and how its soring and abuse associated with the pads and chains reflects on the State of Tennessee.
No one can explain that better than a native Tennessean.
Clay Harlin and John C. Haffner, both native Tennesseans, have publicly called for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
Now a Tennessee expatriate, Melissa Hefferlin from Chattanooga who now lives in Olvera, Cadiz, Spain tells her story:
BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
Hefferlin has joined a list of persons, many of them native Tennesseans, who have spoken out – former breed officials, owners, veterinarians, farriers and expatriates – all in favor of eliminating the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse so there can be a new day.