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Group asks for protest as The Celebration opens

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The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration opens Thursday in Shelbyville, but one horse rescue group is asking people to boycott the event.

The group said horse mistreatment is the rule, not the exception, and to make a point, they’re showing a horse that they said has a history of abuse.

Gen’s Ice Glimmer, a registered Tennessee Walking Horse, was offered for sale July 19.

Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s career as a show horse lasted nearly a decade, but last month his life might have ended in a slaughter house.

Tawnee Preisner of the horse rescue group “Horse Plus” saw Gen’s Ice Glimmer offered for sale at an auction in Kentucky in July.

 “When these horses are scarred to the point where they can’t use them anymore, they will do whatever means possible to get rid of them,” said Preisner.

Clint Seay put up half the money to rescue Gen’s Ice Glimmer.

Seay showed the five-inch stacks loaded with lead on Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s front feet. That’s not illegal, but the scars are another matter.

 “This is all damage. This is permanent damage,” said Seay while showing Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s front feet. “This isn’t the exception. This is the rule. This is what they do.”

Seay brought a vet in with 21 years experience inspecting horses for the USDA.

Dr. Tom James’ job was to disqualify horses if they were sored or scarred.

Some trainers used caustic chemical or heavy chains to try to exaggerate the horse’s natural gait.

 “What I’m seeing is a horse that’s scarred,” said James. “It’s visible right here, a little ridge of thickened, hard tissue, scar tissue, no hair on it.”

USDA records show that Gen’s Ice Glimmer was rejected at a Murfreesboro competition in 2013 for soring. His trainer and owner were written tickets.

 “This isn’t a rare thing that happens in this industry. This happens all the time,” said Preisner.

The CEO of The Celebration in Shelbyville said otherwise.

Mike Inman said he hasn’t see Gen’s Ice Glimmer, but said sored horses are “not typical at all” and said Glimmer would not have passed inspection.

Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s rescuers think that’s exactly why he was on the auction block. Because of his scars, his blue ribbon days were over.

 “An animal should never have to suffer to have a ribbon,” said Preisner.

Tim Brown, who offered Gen’s Ice Glimmer for sale through a Craigslist ad before the horse ended up at the auction, had no comment.

No decision has been made where Gen’s Ice Glimmer will live. The first plans are to remove those five-inch stacks, which the seller said he’d worn almost all of his life.

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