Panama City Beach, Florida – 150 Tennessee Walking Horses are arriving in Panama City Beach in preparation for the 19th annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival. The festival is from Thursday through Saturday at the Frank Brown Park. The event raises money for charity, with over $800,000 given to local charity since 1998.
Show host, Martha Milligan, has been battling animal welfare activists the entire time. “They don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t know what they’re talking about,” she told reporters.
The Citizens Campaigning Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty, CCABLAC, has been protesting and gathering petitions against big lick soring and abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses. “We are against animal cruelty and I have first hand knowledge that is exactly what the Big Lick Tennessee walking horse is. They carry eight pound shoes, they wear chains, they create blistering affect on the skin of their feet in order for them to step high,” Clant Seay of the group said.
Whether animal welfare activists are successful in outlawing soring and the big lick pads and chains, economics may put an end to Tennessee Big Lick shows sooner than later. “It’s just winding down and that’s a shame,” Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas, who is a personal friend of Milligan’s, said.
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