NASHVILLE, TNThe Tennessean newspaper reported Sunday on the rescue of     Gen’s Ice Glimmer, TWHBEA #24704770, Blood Type #‎TWT050457







USDA investigates rescued walking horse

Holly Meyer, 5:46 p.m. CDT August 29, 2015


(Photo: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean)

An anti-soring activist says he rescued a Tennessee Walking Horse that showed signs of abuse, prompting a federal investigation into whether the animal’s past owners violated a law aimed at curbing the practice.

Clant Seay said he saved the 11-year-old gelding named Gen’s Ice Glimmer from the likely fate of being sold for slaughter last month at a Middle Tennessee auction. Seay said he believed the registered walking horse had been sored — the practice of intentionally abusing a horse’s ankles and hooves to accentuate its gait.

“They scarred him, then they finally got him to the end of the line. They couldn’t show him so they were just going to get rid of him. Get rid of the evidence,” said Seay, who is based in Oxford, Miss.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman confirmed that the agency’s Animal and Plant Inspection service had opened a Horse Protection Act investigation into Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s treatment.

The federal Horse Protection Act bans sored horses from participating in shows, sales and auctions as well as being transported to any of those events. Tanya Espinosa said she could not provide any more details.

It’s not clear who owned the horse prior to Seay.

Seay, who is affiliated with the All American Walking Horse Alliance, has spent the past year creating petitions, organizing anti-soring protests and advocating for the boycott of padded walking horse shows. That includes the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which started Wednesday in Shelbyville and will continue through Saturday.

Seay became the owner of Gen’s Ice Glimmer after receiving a message from Tawnee Preisner of Horse Plus Humane Society.

Seay said Preisner had spotted the horse wearing about 5-inch-tall pads and chains on his hooves and ankles at the auction. Seay said he helped Preisner pay for the horse, which was bought for $1,000 outside of the sale barn.

Seay had two veterinarians examine Gen’s Ice Glimmer, including Dr. J.T. James, a retired but licensed veterinarian who used to inspect walking horses for the USDA. James said he examined the horse on Aug. 23 and found moderate scarring just above the horse’s hooves, which puts Gen’s Ice Glimmer in violation of the Horse Protection Act’s scar rule.

“Even if he is not showing pain at the time of my examination, if he shows evidence of scarring — which is past abuse — that still says he’s in violation of the Horse Protection Act,” James said.

In 2013, Gen’s Ice Glimmer was found to be sore at the Walking for Education show in Murfreesboro, according to a 2013 report by the USDA. Andy Simpson, who is listed as the trainer on the violation, said he hasn’t had the horse in two years.

Shirley Vandygriff — who is listed as the owner and exhibitor on the violation and is listed as an owner on the registration papers that came with the horse’s most recent sale — told The Tennessean in a message that she has not owned the horse for two years. The papers list the horse’s blood type and pedigree.

Vandygriff said Gen’s Ice Glimmer was not sore when she owned him and had no further information.

Reach Holly Meyer at 615-259-8241 and on Twitter @HollyAMeyer.


Then BIg Lick Spokesperson Joy Smith attacked Gen’s Ice Glimmer, TWHBEA #24704770, Blood Type #‎TWT050457



Joy Smith ·

Olive Branch, Mississippi

There are photos of this horse pre-rescue and a video the day after rescue a month ago. He’s lost 200+ pounds since being rescued and rehomed. Sad that he’s lost that much weight and his poor eyes are hollow AFTER being rescued.

Clant Seay ·

Ms Smith, you are telling another “Big Lick, Big Lie”. Please look – There is a picture of Glimmer taken on July 29, 2015, one day after he was rescued from Big Lick Torture, and a picture of him on August 22, 2015, happy and healthy eating grass for the first time in nine years.

Bonnie Coble ·

You should investigate how the horse looks now compared to the day the so call rescue happened Thst horse is not bring taken care of . Might need to really be resvued

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Clant Seay ·

Ms. Coble, the Big Lick likes to dump “The Evidence” at Killer Sales. Here you can compare the photos from July 29, 2015 to August 22, 2015. By the way Ms Coble, why aren’t you condeming the Big Lick gang which maimed and tortured Glimmer?

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Clant Seay ·

Ms Smith, perhaps you would like to visit Glimmer’s Facebook page and see how well much happier he is now that he’s not being tortured like he was in 2013 at the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show by a Celebration Judge Mr. Andy Simpson who is now serving an eight month suspension to settle HPA Animal Cruelty against him.

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Joy Smith ·

Olive Branch, Mississippi

What I see is a horse with a low body condition score and according to the photos on his page, he didn’t have such low body condition score at the time of rescue. The weight this poor horse has lost since being rescued is alarming.

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Clant Seay ·

Ms. Smith: Have you ever seen any of this being done?

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Joy Smith ·

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Bledsoe should know that his gimmicks and cover up techniques don’t work. How many HPA violations does he have for soring horses? Of course his epiphany came after his training barn was empty and he was forced to reinvent himself.

]April Crawford ·

College of the Desert

That horse looks worse now than it does in the first photo. How is this happening? Is he getting fed?

Margaret Raimo Gordon

These Bug Lick trainers and owners need to be in jail for felony animal abuse. Anyone involved with this horse over his lifetime of Big Lick shows should be investigated by the FBI. These cult like Lickers cannot hide the truth anymore about soring, chains, and cruel stacked shoes.

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Jolene Mangum ·

Phoenix, Arizona

I want to thank the good people of Tennessee for voting with their absence by not attending the Celebration this year. The almost empty grandstands give testimony to how good people are realizing the brutality of what the big lick show horse must endure to produce such an unnatural, biomechanically incorrect way of moving. The few who still condone and actively take part in this abuse have become the pariahs of the horse world. This breed used to be an icon of pride for Tennessee; today it is the state’s disgrace because of the big lick.

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Laura Ousley ·

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Big lick “Performance” people have no room to criticize anyone with regards to treatment of horses. They are the worse horse abusers in modern (and probably all) times. Glimmer is a lot better off now that he doesn’t have to endure chemicals and chains. To intentionally cause devastating pain to a horse is an abomination. The stacks will eventually come off of Glimmer – they have to step him down gradually.

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Diana M Morehead

Any equestrian with rescue experience knows that the angle at which a picture is taken can make a big difference in the perception of the viewer….from the side, a protruding hip/pelvis bone may not be as obvious as it would appear from the ‘head-on’ angle. Hard-core licker chicks comment about the body score of this horse (which is easily misconstrued) as opposed to his scarred pasterns (which are a permanent testament to the abuse the horse suffered at the hands of their compatriots) in typical licker fashion…..deny, defend, deflect.

Sadly, many former *big lick* horses find themselves scarred beyond redemption and discarded at auction for a one-way trip to a Mexican slaughterhouse. As the *big lick industry* continues it’s decline more and more “well-loved” show horses will meet this fate.

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