THETA, TN – Sore Big Lick supporter Steve Smith of Brentwood, Tennessee has one vote, and Kim Walker of Wartrace, Tennessee has one vote.
U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) represents both of these Tennesseans.
When Steve “UR” Smith needs to talk to Alexander, he can get him on the telephone in 60 seconds or less. Smith is in charge of raising $3 million for Alexander’s campaign.
When Kim Walker needs to get word to Senator Alexander, she must write a Letter to the Editor of The Tennessean, and hope it gets published so the Senator might have a chance to see it.
Kim Walker wrote a letter, and The Tennessean newspaper published it last week.
Tennesseans support law to end soring of walking horses
“I live in Wartrace, Tenn., the heart of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, and we moved here for the love of the walking horse.
We had a couple of padded horses, as well as a spotted saddle horse with a trainer known for soring, until we had an epiphany and decided what we were paying into wasn’t worth it “” for us or for the walking horse.
There is no way a padded horse or heavy-shod horse can perform the Big Lick or an exaggerated gait without the use of chemicals and chains or, in the case of heavy-shod horses, pressure shoeing. As a previous owner, I know the truth, though those in the industry are trying to preserve the soring status quo.
I have reached out to Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and Reps. Diane Black and Scott DesJarlais to express my support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, HR 1518/S 1406. It disheartens me that they have not yet cosponsored this important anti-crime, anti-cruelty, anti-corruption legislation.
In large part, these legislators’ constituents are firmly opposed to inhumane training, and want to see the PAST Act passed.
Why won’t they stand up for their constituents, and for the voiceless horses subjected to soring in Tennessee?
Radar, Nephew Eugene and I took a vote, and it was unanimous.
We all believe that each and every one one of us needs to TWEET and RETWEET this post so U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) knows exactly how his Wartrace, Tennessee constituent/horse owner Kim Walker feels about this important issue.
Kim wants Senator Alexander to know that the majority of Tennesseans want the PAST ACT passed, and she asks Senator Alexander to stand up for the “voiceless horses subjected to soring in Tennessee”.
Out here at Theta, we think Senator Alexander needs to “Get Back In Touch” with Tennesseans and listen to Kim Walker, and tell Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd “No”.