The horse loving community and people who care deeply about humane treatment of our animals that cannot defend themselves are immensely grateful to those who provide comfort and shelter as well as the concerned, caring public. Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s gripping story began in July of this year when the embattled, scarred life of an abused Tennessee Walking Horse finally took a good turn. Thanks are in order to the Horse Plus Humane Rescue of Hohenwald, Tennessee. This story holds the rapt attention of the public because it so clearly demonstrates the pathetic disregard of care of fellow creatures, made worse since it happens over and over again almost on a daily basis.
A Tennessee Walking Horse named Glimmer owes his safety from abuse and vile horse slaughter to a kindly person who purchased him to keep him away from the Big Lick travesty and the slaughterhouse. Better yet, this person also happened to be associated with the 2015 Citizens’ Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty. Glimmer carried the obvious hoof crippling that rendered him of no further use in the showring so he was simply cast off for haggling at an auction hammer house. Glimmer is young – only 11 – and he was headed to no future at all. His last show was in London, KY, on July 18.
Ice Glimmer was offered for sale July 19 (one single day after the show) on Craigs List for $757 but he did not sell immediately. The party offering Glimmer for sale bragged about a World Championship at the 2014 Celebration. Only ten days after being named on Craigs List and because he had not sold yet, Glimmer was condemned to auction packed with the curse of all horses, kill buyers. In just those few days, Glimmer was taken to the July 28 auction by the World Championship rider’s father.
And fortunately that trip turned Gen’s Ice Glimmer’s life around . . .
Glimmer’s rescuer stepped up to save him, buying him in the parking lot as even here the horse was being abused. His female rider was working him with heavy lead, outrageous feet and the prerequisite embedded chains and Glimmer had to work on the hard rock surface of the parking lot. The selling party agreed to text show pictures of Glimmer from some of his shows.
On July 31, Ice Glimmer was examined by a USDA veterinarian who determined that Glimmer was bilaterally sored and permanently scarred in his front hooves. An official investigation was opened to see what laws had been broken. Glimmer is a well-bred Tennessee Walking Horse with an accumulated record of nine show years in five different states. For a Big Lick horse, that means a whole lot of continuous abuse.
When Glimmer was settled into his new surroundings, accurate documentation began on his cruelly abused legs. His new friends felt sorry for him. He even had difficulty maneuvering his huge “club hooves” out of the transport. Glimmer had basically been in stacks most of his life.
He arrived with a serious fungal ear infection that caused him a tremendous amount of pain to the touch. Care of the underlying problems associated with the infection began to give him relief. It is obvious that previous grooms used the same clipper blades on caustic pasterns, ears, and face, thus causing the infection.
Despite everything that had been done to Glimmer, he rallied to his new group of friends and all of the attention he was given. Everyone assured him that his pain and worries were over.
Glimmer has already been adopted by a leader in the fight to end Big Lick cruelty. Glimmer knows he is safe and is able to relax fully in his stall.
His new owner said,
Poor guy, he has no idea what it means to be a horse. All he has known is a life full of pain and suffering, constant agony, just so he can give an impressive performance for judges that have a very twisted view of a beautiful gait.
Here is a thorough source report about Glimmer. Glimmer is getting a following on his own Facebook fan page as people learn more about him and his story abuse.
The abuses to which Tennessee Walking Horses are subjected to perform the contemptible Big Lick have triggered an urgent Change.Org petition which asks Middle Tennessee State University [where Glimmer was caught being sored by the USDA] to help stop public support for Celebration Show events with Big Lick horses. Please support this important petition. You can access the petition directly here.
This story is all about the horse without the distraction of people and names. The sources given detail all other information.