Start A Petition
Group Discussions
Famed TWH trainer charged with animal abuse (Photos)
5 years ago

April 26, 2013

Larry Joe Wheelon was respected and admired by many as a trainer for Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH). Now he may be imprisoned for animal abuse.

Federal agents, Blount County Animal Control, Blount County Sheriff’s officers, and Horse Haven Rescue raided Wheelon’s Maryville, Tennessee barn to find horrific cases of abuse and illegal activity among 28 horses. Almost ten hours were spent inspecting and rescuing the horses. One horse was so distressed it trampled a volunteer, sending them to the hospital.*

Allegedly, the forelegs of the horses were wrapped with a kerosene and cinnamon mixture applied to their legs. The purpose of this is to create the “Big Lick” gait, famous in the Tennessee Walker show world. One source, wishing to be unnamed, revealed, “these horses were in agony” as the mixture is caustic. Others had a hard glue adhered to the bottoms of their hooves. This is an illegal training method known as “soring.” The horses were "visibly in pain and several barely able to stand." Tennessee Director of the Human Society of the U.S. Leighann McCollum said, “These horses are clearly in extreme pain — some of them from having chemicals applied to their skin and bolts driven into the soles of their hooves.”

Read more:

5 years ago

Signed, shared and tweeted.. Will be writting to my Reps. tonight and calling them tomorrow as it is 7pm here in N.Y. Thank you for this important petition Harshiita and all who have signed and shared it.

5 years ago


5 years ago

Signed the new one. Thanks, Harshiita. Have a Great Earth Day.

5 years ago

signed and shared

5 years ago

Signed, I hate how horses are taken for granted. I have also signed to stop using them as carriage horses in NY. I read a disturbing story, a horse dropped dead on the streets. So sad. Thanks, Harshiita.

Stop Horrific Abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses!! Plz sign!!
5 years ago
Stop Horrific Abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses

It’s not legal, but on today’s Tennessee Walking Horse show circuit, trainers still engage in the cruel practice of “soring”—using chemicals and devices to cause extreme pain to horses’ legs and hooves to exaggerate their special gait. Trainers may also file down horses’ hooves to expose the nerves, then insert sharp objects into hooves to cause further suffering. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!!!

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518, has been introduced in the U.S. House and would dramatically increase protections for these horses—we need your help to ensure it passes. 
Action Needed: Please email and call your U.S. representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 1518 to better protect horses from the cruelty of soring:

This thread is archived. To reply to it you must re-activate it.

New to Care2? Start Here.