SHELBYVILLE, TN – Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men will get you into a glue trap. That “may” be what has happened with sore Big Lick.
And it may even get United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in it, too.
David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ have been clamoring for scientific based inspections. Now it seems like they are going to get them with thermography – along with the USDA’s alleged statement given in S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training on Saturday that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse’s feet for scars, and a wrinkle will be considered a scar. Seeing something is objective, not subjective. So if there is a wrinkle which is a scar, then the horse gets turned down and the penalty is 60 days suspension. And this has nothing to do with palpation – it has to do with seeing it. And the thermography can see things the naked eye can’t.
And there is something interesting. When you examine and look at the pasterns of the flat shod horses, you don’t see those “wrinkles” which are scars which result over time from these:
For sure the sore Big Lick crowd got blind sided by The Tennessean editorial appearing Sunday which said:
PAST ACT – STOP SORING
BLACKBURN BILL – ENABLE SORING
Then Miss. Carrie Lee Underwood tweets it to 3,420,000 Followers and all bets are off.
David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd ginned up a letter from the American Farm Bureau to give Senator Alexander some cover when he rolled out his Senate companion bill to the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.
Senator Alexander may be rethinking the:
ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING
Add to that the 46th National Trainer’s Show was gasping for air with no public support and lack of sponsors.
So is this possible cancellation of the Trainer’s Show and the 2014 Big Lick show season:
- Big Lick strategy to claim economic damage to Tennessee?
- Reality of a “Perfect Storm” descending upon Shelbyville?
Like I said, it’s going to be an interesting week.