Federal Criminal Investigation Opened Against Sored Tennessee Walker

Gen's Ice Glimmer

USDA vetAgents with the US Department of Agriculture have opened a criminal investigation after examing a sored Tennessee Walking Horse who was rescued at an auction.  Gen’s Ice Glimmer was purchased by Tawnee Preisner of Horse Plus Humane Society, with funds donated in part by Clint Seay, at a horse auction on July 28, 2015.  Gen’s Ice Glimmer was wearing 5″ high shoes and had signs of soring.   A veterinarian for the USDA examined Gen’s Ice Glimmer for signs of soring and the USDAScarsopened an investigation shortly thereafter.

Veterinarian DR J. T. James was an inspector for the USDA for many years at Tennessee Walking Horse shows.  He was also called to examined Gen’s Ice Glimmer, and reports that he has moderate scarring and would certainly be disqualified from showing.  “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.

According to the USDA website, “The Horse Protection Act is a federal law that prohibits sored horses from participating in shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions. The Horse Protection Act also prohibits drivers from transporting sored horses to or from any of these events.”  No doubt Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s former owners are hoping their name will not be attached to the criminal investigation.

Original Story: The Tennesseean

Original Pictures: Horse Plus Humane Society

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773

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