SHELBYVILLE, TN ““ The USDA showed up again on Friday Night. This time it seemed to dig in and finally get down to business.
The Thermography machine was used along with retinal scans, and they took a coldly professional approach to enforcing the Horse Protection Act and protecting the Horses from the evil doers.
The USDA VMOs appeared to dictate to the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs.
It was a no-nonsense atmosphere.
At one point, the USDA VMOs went out to center ring and observed a class from there.
It caused the Trainer BOYZ at Center Ring to hyperventilate and take a break.
A long one.
The USDA VMOs were pulling out Horses coming out of the Show Ring and requiring the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs – and re-inspect them.
The S.H.O.W. DQPs appeared to be writing some Horse Protection Act violations.
And despite the improved performance by the USDA VMOs in their effort to protect The Horses, it is becoming more and more clear, that the only way to protect The Horses is passage of the PAST ACT.
There was all kinds of abuse done to the Horses that were exhibited on Friday night.
The sore Big Lick will never be cleaned up.
Time after time, the three Judges tied the Horse that was doing the most. The ones doing the most were the ones that were “fixed”. It’s just that simple.
The public is NOT attending the Trainers Show.
The people left supporting the sore Big Lick are a dwindling group of addicts.
There were only three campers in the Lot across from Calsonic Arena.
It used to be packed.
There were vacancy signs all over Shelbyville, Tennessee including at the host motel -Microtel.
The sore Big Lick is dying a public death.
These four men should be totally ashamed of the position they have taken in trying to defend the absolutely indefensible institutionalized criminal practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses.
U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) should not lend his name to this putrid mess.
If he does, he will stain his legacy.
He is sitting on a powder keg of public outrage.
To his credit, you don’t hear the name of U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) regarding introducing a BIll To Enable Soring like Representative Blackburn has.
The Carrie Lee Underwood tweet was prologue.
The public disdain for the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is palpable.
The USDA “may” finally be on an upward path, but it should frankly welcome passage of the PAST ACT.
When you have to deal with those characters above it cannot be an appealing process.
And it can’t be any fun, week after week, dealing with the clever criminals who sore horses and call it Sport. And then, they sanctimoniously publicly pray before they put The Horses on exhibition.
Maybe Friday night was a false harbinger that the USDA is stepping up, and The Horses are going to be protected, and the heck with the objectives of David L. Howard and his sore Big Lick addicts.
But maybe, just maybe, it was not.
The USDA needs to stay the course on Saturday night.
If they do, they will deserve praise.
But will they?
We’re about to find out.