THE UNITED STATES, AND THE WORLD, ASKS OLE MISS TO PLEASE STOP BEING ASSOCIATED WITH HORSE SORING REPRESENTED BY THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

OXFORD, MS – In just five short days,  close to 3,500 people from every State in the Union, and from 51 countries around the World,  are appealing to the                      University of Mississippi to separate itself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which gives “Tainted Money” to the University’s Blair E. Batson Childrens Hospital.

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The corrupt “Big Lick”  (based on animal cruelty)  is callously trying to use the prestige of the University of Mississippi,  and its wonderful Childrens Hospital,  to enhance and legitimize what can only be described as institutionalized animal abuse.

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LETTER CHANCELLOR, DEAN MEDICAL SCHOOL,  CHILDRENS HOSPITAL CEO

Dear University Officials,

As a long time horse lover, former equestrian competitor, and current member of the academic community, I was distressed to discover that the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital is associated with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, which features “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Classes.  Tennessee Walking Horses are gentle creatures who are mistreated, including deliberate soring of their legs, to achieve the unnatural gait they are forced to demonstrate for the “Big Lick” classes.  This horrifying practice has no place in horse showing and certainly not in charity events.  Please disassociate the hospital from venues that continue to promote this cruelty.

Sincerely,

 Faculty Member – North Carolina University

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Sumrall. Mississippi

I’m signing because I live in Mississippi, I own 6 horses, and I believe soring horses is clearly animal abuse and it disgusts me.  

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

am from AL and have lived most of my life in TN. My son went to law school in MS. These states have an image problem that is exacerbated by being known within the horse world as the “abuse capital” of the nation.

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Flowood, Mississippi

im signing this because I’ve seen it first hand at barn in newbern, al. It’s sickening and I wish I would’ve done something to help the horses.

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Purvis, Mississippi

I cannot tolerate any form of animal cruelty. It is especially reprehensible when it is done for profit. I’m sure there are many people that pay to see these shows that have no idea how the horses are treated.

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Oxford, Mississippi

Horses should not be mistreated! This is painful and barbaric.

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Oxford, Mississippi

This amounts to horse cruelty.

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Coffeville, Mississippi

It’s cruel and abusive and needs to be stopped now .  

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Brandon, Mississippi

This video sickened me. I cannot believe this technique is used in these beautiful animals. I think we need to use these techniques on the men that are using it…maybe that might would sway them to stop doing it!!!

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Dear Chancellor Jones:

I am writing to respectfully request that you ban “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from your charity horse show.   I don’t know if you are a “horse person” so I don’t know if you realize what is done to make these horses perform their unnatural gait.   They look showy for sure, but behind that showiness is a horse in pain, because causing pain is the only way they can get the horses to gait the way that they do.     I have owned horses for over 50 years and am an owner of a Tennessee Walking Horse.     I showed horses for many years and have to say I was shocked when I accompanied a friend to a Walking Horse show and saw the scars on many horses legs and saw that they had to have inspectors on site to make sure the horses were sound enough to go into the show ring.   I had never heard of such a thing — no other breed has to be inspected before they go into the show ring.

So far the Government has failed to protect these horses.   Many of us feel the only way to stamp out these cruel practices is to deny the Big Lick people an arena to present their horses.   Instead, why not have flat-shod Tennessee Walker classes.   The Big Lick has to go!

Thank you for your consideration.

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Clinton, Louisiana

I have waited more than half a century to for Tennessee Walking Horse owners to see the light and “Ban the Big Lick.”

As an educational institution the University of Mississippi really should not support or condone animal abuse by accepting donations raized by shows that include “Big Lick” classes.

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Hill City, Minnesota

A nation shall be judged by the manner in which they treat animals… Mahatma Ghandi. That sums it up well. To look the other way makes one just as guilty as the perpetrator – in this case – the sore horse trainer, rider and owner. Please do NOT allow the Big Lick Performance Tennessee Walking horses to show. Ban them and uphold the honorable traditions of Ol’ Miss.

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Cherry Valley, Massachusets

Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of University of Mississippi, and Dr. LouAnn Heath Woodward, Dean of UMC (University Medical Center), I urge you to DISASSOCIATE the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from the institutionalized animal abuse of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, and to not accept “Blood Money” donations gained from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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Oxnard, California

I think the right thing to do is cancel Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. Walking Horses endure soring which is very painful to them & is totally unnecessary.

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Hill City, Missouri  

Ole Miss needs to disassociate itself from this animal abuse.

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To: Mr. Robert Taylor, Horse Show Manager

Adrian, Michigan

I am so disappointed that this will be allowed to happen, not only in Mississippi but any where else. How s this not animal abuse and or cruelty, when you are using painful chemicals and mechanical methods to make these horses step so high. It is absolute cruelty, not only are these practices used but it is publically known that these horses have this done to them while cross tied and then whipped at their ankles until the desired step is reached. Anyone and everyone who participates, owns, breeds or even attends these so called shows should be ashamed of your selves. And to call this a charity show at the expense of the pain these horses endure is just sickening!!! Oh we are going to fight as we are pissed and we the horses voices will fight until this is no longer allowed to be practiced. It is sick and just plain cruel. Mr. Taylor, I urge you to have compassion for these horses and cancel the 59 big Lick TWH classes at the Mississippi charity horse show and ban them in the future. Ban them altogether, this is wrong!!!.  

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Hillsboro, Oregon

As an owner of 6 beautiful natural walking horses I know them to be gentle big hearted animals. Big lick abuse of these gracious creatures is a national disgrace and Ole Miss should have no part in it  

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Champaign, Illinois

To have a health organization like University of Mississippi Childrens Hospital benefit from a horse show that promotes classes that require inhumane training creates a dissonance in ethics of the University. Disassociating the University of Mississippi from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show would reveal ethical harmony.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma

am appalled that a Mississippi charity would support the cruelty associated with horse soring. Please cancel this event.

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Marshall, NC

I would like to express my outrage at the abuse of one of my favorite horse breeds; the Tennessee Walking Horse. These poor animals have their feet treated with caustic agents, then wrapped in plastic to really damage their legs. They then are fitted with heavy painful chains to hit their painful front legs. Why? So people can see the grotesque front painful feet react by reaching high in the air to avoid the painful chains. This is the Big Lick ! They then are blinded with blinders so they can’t see in front and therefore step even higher. They then scoot their hind legs very far forward in order to get the weight off their front feet.This is called the Big Lick! A horse cares a huge amount of its body weight on its front legs, so think about it.This is plain and simple horrible torture. There is denial by the trainers, fans, riders, and wealthy owners. They even lie and say they “love” this horse. Their is big dirty money behind this industry. The horse shown naturally would revive the industry, but, the Lickers are stuck in the past, refuse to stop the abuse. Are arrogant in their abuse. I do not think such a prestigious University would want to be associated with such horrendous abuse. Please do not participate in this atrocity.  

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Wentworth, New Hampshire

The big lick is twisted and wrong. No university or hospital should have a thing to do with institutionalized animal abuse.  

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Fortson,   Georgia

Please cancel “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Classes at The Mississippi Charity Horse Show! These horses are being abused! Research the process used on these horses to make them walk as “Big Lick” and you’ll see it’s cruel and abusive treatment! This practice is extremely painful! Do it to humans and see how they feel about the process! Please disassociate the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital with institutionalized animal cruelty represented by exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses!  

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Fullerton, California

Dear Mr. Giesecke,

It is unfathomable that the word charity is even associated with this barbaric practice. This is supposed to be the 21st century, not medieval times. How this practice is still allowed is beyond me and those that practice it can in all good conscience consider it justifiable, is abominable! Please for the welfare of all animals concerned take a good look at what you are promoting and call for the inhumane treatment of these animals to cease. Charitable funds can be gotten by other means than the at the expense of those who suffer.

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Atlanta, Georgia

Please don’t allow “Soring” horses to exaggerate their unnatural high stepping “Big Lick” gate. All animals deserve protection from cruel and abusive behavior. Please cancel the 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and BAN them in the future.

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Germantown, Maryland

Because this is sickening and wrong, I will not be attending this Charity horse show when I am visiting Mississippi. Shame on a Childrens hospital being associated with grotesque cruelty for human enjoyment.  

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POLAND

To nie jest jeździectwo, nie sport, to jest bestialstwo!!!! STOP!!!!!!!

TRANSLATION:

This is not riding, not a sport , it's bestiality !!!! STOP !!!!!!!

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Fairbanks, Alaska

The abuse needs to stop! The chains, the stacks, the cruel chemical burns need to stop! The show still can go on without the crippled horses and let the graceful, natural-gaited TWH walk on for your children’s hospital!  

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Trappe, Maryland

Horses only get the “big lick” one way – and that is through inhumane, horrible treatment that makes it too painful for them to walk normally. How could any charity, especially a children’s hospital want to encourage the abuse of the beautiful creatures???  

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Williams, Oregon

As a lifelong horsewoman I know there is no excuse for the cruel practices of traditional TWH trainers. No one (especially a hospital charity) should support destroying horses’ wellbeing for show and sport.  

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Maryville, Tennessee

Don’t let animal abuse be linked to Children’s Hospital. Please cancel the abused and tortured Big Lick classes.

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Germany

Das ist reine Tierquälerei. Einfach traurig.

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This is pure cruelty to animals. just sad

Tennessee

“I showed padded big lick tennessee walking horses for 10 years.   after learning of the horrible abuse they go thru, I got out and bought natural flatshod tennessee walking horses which is what the founding fathers of this breed meant for it too be.   Trainers that train for the ” big lick ” use mustard oil, a type of acid mixed with gasoline, then apply chains to the horse’s sensitive ankles to achieve this gait.   This gait causes the horses great pain, and it is an artificial man made gait.

I was behind the scenes.   To get the horses thru the inspection process they use numbing agents, inject lidocaine into pasterns, police them by beating them if they flinch when their ankles are touched while sore, they put a bladder device between the pad and foot to induce pain.   also, a device has been applied to the upper gum a wire to inflict so much pain that it distracts them from the pain on their ankles.   also, I learned that in the flatshod divisions so people to get a higher lift in the front legs, apply a form of pressure shoeing by cutting their feet close to the quick while shoeing and applying a device for the frog to stand on to induce soring.   It is a horrible painful world for   these animals.

 I won world championships on one of my horses flatshod.   but it got to the point I could not bear to be at a show with the big lick horses being shown.     I have attended your show in the past and my flatshod horses won first there.   Many shows have already begun the process of cutting out the big lick horses.   I hope your organization will follow thru and stop it too.   I know it may cut down on your entries, but in the long run it will promote the natural tennessee walking horse.”

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To Ole Miss Leaders:

“I have a wonderful   beautiful naturally gaited horse. He has a fine willing character and is a pleasure to ride.

There is absolutely no reason for human beings to torture fine animals in order to distort the natural gait of a horse, horse show or no horse show. The people who sore, chain, or stack a poor horse’s hooves in order to win a “show” should go to jail for cruelty.

And a fine educational institution such as yours should not endorse such character flaws as are displayed by the individuals who are in any way involved in such activities and “shows.”

Please, please disassociate your university from the cruelty involved in “Big Lick” shows.

Shows for naturally gaited horses have proven to be successful and will grow to even more success as communities and institutions such as yours reject the needless cruelty to these wonderful amazing horses.

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Dean Woodward,

I am writing to ask you to disassociate the medical school of the University of Mississippi and withdraw any support for the Tennessee “Big Lick” Walking Horse Show as part of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.  It is widely known that these horses endure torture at the hands of their trainers and/or owners to produce the “big lick” walk that is not a normal characteristic of Tennessee Walking Horses.  Their hooves are “sored”‘ with caustic and painful chemicals and devices to produce the “big lick”.  The All American Walking Horse Alliance as well as several veterinarian organizations are calling for an end to this competition.  The judges are often complicit in keeping the sored horses in competition.  In fact, The Heart of America Walking Horse Association that frequently did inspections of Tennessee Walking Horses prior to “Big Lick” competitions is being decertified as a qualified inspector for this reason. So please don’t think the competition is adequately “policed” to protect the abused horses.  I hope that you do not want your medical school to be part of an event that supports intentional and deliberate animal abuse purely for entertainment.”

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CHANCELLOR DAN JONES,

Please “DISASSOCIATE” the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Children’s Hospital from the institutionalized animal abuse of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. Please do not accept “Blood Money” donations gained from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. A great American public university like “Ole Miss’ should not stain its image by being associated with the exhibition of sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the name of family entertainment.

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Thank you.

Tennessee

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“Ole Miss Values”

Please disassociate yourself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Shoe as long as it allows even one BigLick Tennessee Walking Horse to participate.

Thank you,

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In the Spirit and immortal words of the late Ole Miss Rebel Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins,  “It’s Time” for Ole Miss to set an example for the rest of the country, and no longer associate with the animal cruelty it takes to manufacture the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

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2013 – CAROLINE EMERY UP ON AMAZING GRACE  – TAKING THE PLACE OF “BIG LICK” WORLD GRAND CHAMPION “I AM JOSE”  –  Photo Credit Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

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2012 – UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming – Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” – Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

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