SHELBYVILLE, TN – The world first became aware of Gen’s Ice Glimmer, last Thursday, August 13, 2015.
A Change.Org Petition started on Friday has now rocketed to over 1,700+ signatures before Noon, Sunday, August 16, 2015, and is steadily climbing.
In the coming days, Glimmer’s story will be told in-depth by mainstream media.
This beautiful horse was institutionally tortured for nine years over five states:
He was tortured on the campus of MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) two years ago by a Trainer Mr. Andy Simpson who was hired by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration as a Judge for the 2012 Spring Fun Show.
Glimmer was advertised on July 19, 2015, on You Tube by Ms.Trista Brown who won a World Championship at the 2014 Celebration:
Here is Ms. Brown up on a horse named “NO PRISON TERM”. (The Video was removed by the original poster. Here is are photos of Ms. Brown on the You Tube:
Her father, Mr. Tim Brown of Science Hill, Kentucky, apparently transported Gen’s Ice Glimmer in this condition and entered him as Consignment #90 at the July 28, 2015, Wilson Horse & Mule Sale in Cookeville, Tennessee.
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER AT HOHENWALD ANIMAL HOSPITAL ON JULY 29, 2015
Glimmer was shown over 32 times over five states over nine years.
He did time at the Larry Joe Wheelon House Of Horse Horrors.
Glimmer was shown at the 2008 Smokey Mountain Classic by Mr. Randall Stacey Gunter, Assistant Trainer for Mr. Larry Joe Wheelon.
Celebration Judge (2012 Fun Show) Mr. Andy Simpson SORED Glimmer at MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show on April 5, 2013, on the MTSU campus, four minutes from the Reese L. Smith, Jr. Baseball Stadium.
So it was interesting to read in today’s Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper a column by City Editor Mr. John Carney.
Actions of a few shouldn’t taint entire horse industry
Sunday, August 16, 2015
John I. Carney
From time to time, we get e-mails — sometimes anonymous, sometimes not — about the horse industry, criticizing the industry, the community and sometimes us here at the newspaper for supposedly turning a blind eye to cruelty.
I’ve never been a horse owner, and I’ve only been on a horse once or twice in my life. So I’m certainly not connected to the competitive side of the sport. But I do enjoy the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and attend the event each year.
I would not want to think of myself as endorsing or supporting cruelty to animals. I don’t think any of us would.
I think everyone, on all sides of the issue, admits that there are bad horse trainers, trainers who use cruelty as a shortcut. It’s a good thing that there are policies and procedures in place to try to detect those bad trainers and punish them.
The difference of opinion between the two sides is that the critics believe all trainers are bad because they believe that the performance horse gait — the “big lick” — is automatically and universally cruel, in and of itself. The e-mails from time to time label Shelbyville as a city full of sadists are based on this foundational assumption.
The industry and its defenders argue that the bad trainers are just a subset, and that there are good trainers who can achieve the big lick in partnership with the horse.
I’m an outsider, with no direct knowledge of this issue. But I always go back to a friend of mine whose daughter shows horses. This friend and his daughter were originally connected to a trainer who got into some regulatory trouble. They were eventually able to move the horse to a different trainer, and I remember my friend telling me that his daughter could tell a near-immediate difference in the horse. She enjoyed riding the horse under the second trainer in a way that she hadn’t under the first trainer. This wasn’t about big money or World Grand Championships — it was about a young woman and her beloved horse.
I’m no expert, but that story, to me, says that the second trainer was a good trainer — which suggests there are such a thing as good trainers and bad trainers.
There’s all kind of room for debate about testing and inspection methods. The industry says that some of the current inspection methods are subjective rather than objective. It’s healthy to talk about how to go about trying to find the bad trainers, and what to do about them when they are found.
But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. The Celebration, and the show horse industry, have existed for decades — fueled, in part, by owners who love their horses — and who ride them in the owner-amateur division.
I want to believe that there’s good in that industry, and that if questions about the inspection and regulation process can be answered, it can continue as a vital part of this community.
— John I. Carney is city editor of the Times-Gazette and covers county government.
© Copyright 2015, Shelbyville Times-Gazette
It appears that Mr. Carney’s column is the first effort at spinning what the Big Lick did to Glimmer before he became permanently scarred and no longer usable, then taken to an auction sale with a one way ticket in a 20 horse van heading to a slaughter plant in Mexico.
Mr.Carney uses all the normal Big Lick euphemisms which include:
- Performance Horse
And he gives a slightly revised version of the just one bad apple theorem:
And he urges not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”.
Mr. Carney says, “I’m an outsider, with no direct knowledge of this issue.”
Then he expresses, based on its body of coverage, what appears to be the newspaper’s viewpoint, “But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. The Celebration, and the show horse industry, have existed for decades — fueled, in part, by owners who love their horses — and who ride them in the owner-amateur division.”
Mr. Carney is correct that the Celebration has existed for decades, but some of those decades didn’t feature the Animal Cruelty that is necessary for today’s Big Lick.
Nephew Eugene says the Tennessee public is fed up, and Glimmer is just one of hundreds of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses being tortured.
The public is now being called upon to decide this issue by BOYCOTTING the 2015 Celebration, and all future Celebrations until the Big Lick is eliminated.
Harold says if Mr. Carney is sincerely interested in learning about the Big Lick Animal Cruelty, and why it is necessary to remove the Baby from the Big Lick bathtub before draining it dry, he needs to read what Dr. John Haffner MTSU Horse Science Faculty Professor said in his November 25, 2012 letter
Or better yet, just call up Dr. Haffner and talk to him before writing a column referencing a “BIG LICK, BIG LIE” – “trainers who can achieve the big lick in partnership with the horse”.
Mr. Carney, the irrefutable fact is the “Partnership” is built on Animal Cruelty.
And you should know that the Big Lick TWH comprise only 8/10th of 1% of the entire living Tennessee Walking Horse population according to a USDA survey.
And Mr. Carney, you might find it interesting to know that one of the persons associated with Gen’s Ice Glimmer at the Wilson Horse & Mule Auction said yesterday, “We love all the horses that we have had, and want to know that they are loved and care for the way we do”.
If you would like to communicate with Mr. John Carney, his email is: email@example.com