WINCHESTER, TN – Gen’s Ice Glimmer was under the care of Caitlin “Cat” Dye – Black Anvil Equestrian at Winchester, TN, from September 11, 2015 to June 7, 2016.
Gen’s Ice Glimmer was delivered to Caitlin”Cat” Dye, proprietor of Black Anvil Stables of Winchester, TN on September 11, 2015. She rode him the first day she got him.
Gen’s Ice Glimmer is a severely scarred “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse who spent 9 years in the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty Gulag before being purchased on July 28, 2015, outside a public auction in Cookeville, Tennessee, by Horse Plus Humane Society and Clant M. Seay, Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. Sored scarred Glimmer was saved from being purchased by “Killer Buyers”, and then put on a 20 horse van on the way to a slaughter plant in Mexico.
On July 29, 2015, Glimmer was examined by Dr. Steve Scott of the Hohenwald Animal Hospital who documented the scarred condition of his front feet.
On July 31, 2015, a USDA Veterinary Medical officer, accompanied by a USDA videographer, documented Glimmer’s bilateral (both front feet) sore condition, and the bilateral scars on both front feet.
The following week an official USDA Investigation, Case #TN150204, was opened in the matter of Gen’s Ice Glimmer to determine if there were any HPA (Horse Protection Act) violations that had been committed regarding his being transported to and consigned to be sold at an auction.
On August 13, 2015, The Tennessean newspaper reporter, Ms. Holly Meyers, and photographer, Ms Shellie Mays, were present when former “Big Lick” Trainer Mr. Carl Bledsoe demonstrated on Gen’s Ice Glimmer how “Big Lick” Walking Horse Trainers prepare a “Big Lick” horse for inspection and conceal and disguise the scars so horses can pass inspection. A You Tube was made of Mr. Bledsoe’s demonstration which has been viewed over 23,000 times. Ms. Meyers wrote a feature article on Gen’s Ice Glimmer rescue and USDA investigation which appeared in The Tennessean newspaper on August 29, 2015.
On August 26, 2015, Gen’s Ice Glimmer was the subject of media coverage by award winning investigative reporter Ms. Nancy Amons, WSMV-TV Channel 4 (NBC), Nashville, Tennessee. On August 26, 2015. Retired USDA Inspector Dr. Tom James stood by Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s side and unequivocally stated ‘What I am seeing is a horse that is scarred. It’s visible right here” (Dr. James pointed to the front of Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s right front foot). A You Tube was prepared of Ms. Nancy Amons – Channel 4 report which has now been seen over 48,000 times.
Glimmer was found to be in a tortured condition at the 2013 MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Pre-Vet Society Horse Show. His last known Trainer was a Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Judge. He was shown about 40 times over nine years in five states.
On June 16, 2016, an apparently fraudulent photoshopped picture of a horse in “poor condition” was displayed on the Facebook page of Mr. David Williams who questioned if this horse was Gen’s ice Glimmer. Mr. William is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association. Mr. Williams is the employee of Mr. Frank Eichler who owns Rising Star Ranch. Mr. Eichler is a member of the “Leadership Council” of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
On April 24, 2016, Ms. Dye reported to the owner that Glimmer had lost weight and recommended moving Glimmer to a pasture “near” her barn where she would see him every day. The recommendation was accepted, and Glimmer was moved to the pasture location approximately 20 minutes from Ms. Dye’s barn on April 29, 2016.
Ms. Dye provided a picture of Glimmer on May 18, 2016.
A request was made by the owner to see Glimmer on May 21. Ms. Dye’s schedule did not permit same until May 24. On May 24, 2016, the owner inspected Glimmer at the off premises location. He told Ms. Dye there was not sufficient grass, and Glimmer was noticeably thinner than he was on when he last saw him on April 7, 2016.
On May 24, 2016, the owner provided Ms. Dye with a check for $300.00 dated June 1, 2016, paying board through June 30, 2016.
The owner discovered that Glimmer was out of feed on May 27, and the owner took feed to Glimmer’s location on May 28.
On May 29, the owner instructed Ms. Dye – “Cat, please 1) Immediately bring Glimmer back to your barn from where you took him. 2) Place him in a stall and water and feed him. 3) Notify me he is there 4) Please have the farrier trim and shoe him at the same charge as last time. Thanks,”
Glimmer had not been trimmed for 9 weeks.
On May 31, 2016, the owner instructed Ms. Dye, “If the farrier work is done this week, my plan is to have Glimmer moved from your barn at first of next week, Mon. – Wed. (June 6 – 8) You can write me a check at pick up for unused part of June. I am sure you will have his blanket and lead line and halter ready to go when I pick him up.”
At 2:35 p.m. on June 6, 2016, Cat Dye notified the owner by text: “This animal needs a vet. He is listless and acting strange. His condition is falling. Gums are pale. He responds to the pressure points for Ulcers. He needs a vet. I don’t mean he needs a vet this week. I mean he needs a vet now.” Upon receiving the text message at 2:58 p.m., the owner immediately authorized the vet, and immediately drove to Winchester, TN, to see Glimmer.
Upon the owner’s arrival at approximately 5:00 p.m. , Cat Dye said he would not be allowed to see Glimmer until 10:00 p.m.. This was revised to 7:00 p.m. by Cat Dye.
The owner went to the barn at 7:00 p.m. and saw Glimmer tied to the barn wall. He appeared to be fine – head up – alert – not in distress. He had a normal capillary gum response, and a normal temperature. He was in no distress. Ms. Dye advised that the vet would not arrive until the next morning.
Without the owner’s knowledge or permission, Ms. Dye had invited a “Big Lick” videographer to examine Glimmer prior to the owner’s arrival, and then Ms. Dye apparently “Set Up” a staged scene of asking the owner to remove Glimmer from her barn. The owner recorded the entire conversation with Ms. Dye on the evening of Monday, June 6, 2016.
JUNE 6, 2016 – DIGITAL RECORDING – CLANT M. SEAY AND MS. CAT DYE
Sound from 0:00 to 1:10 – Resumes at 3:29 – 23:56.
At 3:57, the owner checks capillary gum response. It’s normal.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the owner spoke with the vet at 7:25 a.m. who said that Glimmer was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (heaves), and was given a steroid shot. Gen’s Ice Glimmer was removed from the care of Ms. Dye at approximately 6:33 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. ######################
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER – AUCTION PARKING LOT – COOKEVILLE, TN – JULY 28, 2016
Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s Front Feet – July 28, 2015
STEVE SCOTT, DVM – HOHENWALD ANIMAL HOSPITAL – HOHENWALD, TN – GEN’S ICE GLIMMER – JULY 29, 2015
USDA VET EXAM DOCUMENTED BY VIDEOGRAPHER – JULY 31, 2015
September 11, 2015
September 11, 2015 – Arrival At Caitlin “Cat” Dye – Black Anvil Equestrian – Winchester, TN
September 11, 2015
November 24, 2015
May 18, 2016
May 27, 2016
June 7, 2016 – Tied To Fence By Ms Dye To Be Loaded
June 10, 2016
June 17, 2016
Nephew Eugene says the “Big Lickers” are a desperate lot now with their world crumbling around them as U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack is about to remove the “Pads and Chains” and end the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. People like Ms. Caitlin “Cat” Dye who grew up reading Voice Magazines and showing “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, with many ties in her community of Winchester, TN, such as local funeral home owner Mr. Jim Cortner, Chairman of the Performance Show Horse Commission, deals with a lot of pressure from being associated with Gen’s Ice Glimmer. An example is she was afraid to put Glimmer’s name on the board where they keep up with the horses – rather they used the barn name “Luke” to keep people from realizing who he really was.
Ms. Caitlin “Cat” Dye’s Lifelong Friend – June 3, 2016 – Columbia Spring Jubilee
And so it goes.