THETA, TN -Some dirt road semi-educated folks were hanging around the front porch of Hilltop Market this morning, and they were talking about the “Strangeness” going on over in Shelbyville, Bedford County, at the Rust Communication Boys newspaper, so Harold went home and put the pen to paper to address the situation, and here is what he had to say:
The Animal Cruelty Endured by the Tennessee Walking Horse is about More than the Horses and the Show
By Harold From Theta
In the last week we have seen that it is about TAX REVENUES, that support the schools of Bedford County according to Don Embry (http://www.t-g.com/story/2331053.html) Superintendent of Education for Bedford County.
Just as the mafia of Southern Italy attempted to create an aura of legitimacy for itself for years, by donating money to the Catholic Church, so too has the Big Lick offered up donations to charities and generated tax dollars.
Those days are gone forever.
Dollars, derived from torturing horses and making them step high, with excruciating pain in each high-step that must seem like a flaying to the poor animal … are still tainted and stained dollars.
VITAL PART OF COMMUNITY
According to Ms. Sadie Fowler, Editor of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, it is a vital part of the “community, pageantry and family values” (http://www.t-g.com/story/2331054.html).
2015 – TENNESSEE STATE TROOPER TOWER – WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION
Sooner or later, I believe sooner, the community is going to turn away from the animal abuse required to create the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
As far as pageantry is concerned, social media has already exposed “Big Lick, Big Lie” for what it is.
You can take a still-shot photograph of the horse and present it as majestic, but when the public views a video of a “Big Lick” horse suffering its way around the ring, they can see that it is not right.
The Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace has closed and is for sale. Very soon hotels in Shelbyville will be closed and for sale.
The “Big Lick” crowd would like to blame it on HSUS or the government. Look in the mirror.
The “Big Lick” method of training (laughing) was never sustainable. It is not training at all! You can only get away with cheating for so long and your so-long has finally come and gone.
RED NECKS AND DIRTY POLITICIANS
Yes. This is very much a part of the equation, but when attention turns from the horses to the personalities involved, much is lost.
Those so-called “Red Necks”, for the most part, are good God-fearing, upstanding members of their communities. They have one major flaw. They see nothing wrong about putting chemicals on a horse’s legs, a chain to further irritate that area where chemicals were applied and a stacked pad that is like putting high-heels on a woman to run a race around a track.
Perhaps their fathers did it. An uncle. Another respected family member or member of their community.
Continuing a family tradition such as this is an easy way to make a living. Making a living for the family has taken precedence over the horse and the abusive treatment in a heartbeat in their way of thinking.
At some point, the so-called “red necks” (big lick trainers) are going to have to ask themselves, “WWJD” – What Would Jesus Do?
The most famous ordained Southern Baptist Minister, the Reverend Billy Graham, has addressed this subject:
“Does the Bible say anything about how we should treat animals?”
Reverend Graham answered:
“… the Bible commands us to take care of the animals under our care. One of the signs of a righteous man, the Bible says, is that he takes care of his animals.” (Proverbs 12:10) In fact, the Bible says we must never treat any part of God’s creation with contempt. When we do, we are indirectly treating our Creator with contempt. Instead, God calls us to be stewards or trustees of His creation, and the Bible reminds us that we are responsible to Him for the way we treat it.”
GOD’S CREATION – “THE HORSES” – NEVER BE TREATED W/ CONTEMPT
Maybe The Trainer BOYZ Need To “Just Have A Little Talk With Jesus”
And at some point, the money is going to run dry and the corrupt politicians will turn their backs on the “Big Lick.”
Influence is also about to die.
Literally. very few old goats that have any influence will soon be gone due to life expectancy.