Horse Overheats And Collapses At A Show – Rider Kicks Him When He’s Down…..

During one of the hottest weeks in Tennessee a horse overheats and collapses in the line up at a show. After exiting the show ring, a team of veterinarians evaluated the horse and determined he was in good health. Please be careful while riding your horses in hot temperatures and make sure they get plenty of water and electrolytes. Please Share this on Facebook to help raise awareness!

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    • shelley

      Absolutely…he looked rather young and inexperienced so hopefully that was a momentary lapse in judgement.

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      • Anonymous

        I DON’T CARE IF HE WAS YOUNG, WHO THE HELL TAUGHT HIM, YOU NEVER KICK YOUR HORSE NO MATTER WHAT. I AM SO GLAD I WASN’T THERE THE RIDER WOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED TO SEE HOW IT FEELS.

      • Kitty

        I think it is probably the way the rider was taught and his inborn cruelness! He’s probably be that way the rest of his life!

      • Jane

        I think not. There are two basic responses to an animal. . . .which one would YOU have had if your pony faltered?

    • amanda

      Not being funny.but doesn’t matter if any thing is wrong with the horse u should never kick it

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      • Linda Dennis

        Actually, The horse may have given into the pain in it’s front feet from soring and the llike

    • Lora Garcia

      Wish I would’ve been there! I would’ve went to jail for that horse! I think it’s ridiculous that the speaker didn’t even speak of the horse being down. That rider would’ve gotten his own kick for sure!

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      • Anonymous

        That announcer is an oblivious , sorry specimen of a human being.

  1. Tara

    Yeah – let’s just saddle him back up and ask him to continue standing in the heat. Afterall, the most IMPORTANT thing is that blue ribbon. We know it’s not the horses wellbeing, otherwise he wouldn’t be heavy shod and asked to flail around the showring forced to exibit an grossly exaggerated gait.

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    • June Casson

      Because they are morons and couldn’t care less for their horses…..these horses are only 2 years old, and who knows how much torture and abuse they have already been through. The soring of these horses is beyond criminal and entails horrific torture and abuse. These people should not be allowed to be near any horse, or animal for that reason.

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  2. Tara

    Bottom line…because it is a tradition in Shelbyville. People turn a blind eye to what executing the BIG LICK means for the horse. Anyone not familiar with it should Google TN Walking Horse/Big Lick. Make up your own mind if you think it should it should be allowed to continue or if the PAST Act (Prevent All Soring Tactics) should be passed when this legislation comes to a vote.

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  3. Pamela G Evans

    Dont ride them till they drop !!! Dont kick them or beat them ! At 2 yrs old they are still to young to be ridden !!!! Watch their backs give when the riders move !! I hate this , why do people want to ride them as soon as they turn 2 ???? Disgusting !!!

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    • Barbara Warner

      Pamela, you are absolutely right. Most should not be ridden until they are 5 and never sored or abused in other ways. That rider is an A–hole.

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    • June Casson

      And besides the fact that they are too young, the fact that they torture them from such a young age, with the soring, etc…even their tack is abusive, look at the bits they use……….and usually obese people riding them , bouncing around on the poor horses kidneys. This is all extreme abuse and should be illegal, with out any doubt.

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  4. Candice

    I noticed this was school day. How can this be good for children to see a horse collapse and then get kicked by his rider??? How can a school system condone this? No wonder some kids grow up and think it’s just fine to kick, beat and mistreat animals.

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  5. Barb

    It’s not enough to put those huge stacks on the horse’s front hooves to achieve an unnatural gait, now let’s make him stand in intolerable heat, kick him when he falls, and then put the saddle back on him and make him stand some more. These kids are being taught cruelty is acceptable when there’s a blue ribbon at stake. So wrong on so many levels!!!! Ban the Big Lick!!!!

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  6. Crystal

    Did it take them long enough to take that poor animal out of the ring that’s gross and good job on kicking that horse after he falls,

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  7. Mary

    The horse actually collapsed because of pain. They have special shoes on wich cause so much pain they can’t walk properly and when they stand the pain is worse. The horse lay down because of pain

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  8. Nikki

    Perhaps those damn shoes caused so much pain he couldn’t take it anymore.

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  9. Arrow`

    This horse doesn’t collapse from heat. And he doesn’t kick him, he taps him with his foot. My 2 year old always tried to lay down too with me on his back. The horse was not even sweaty. Quit trying to deceive people. I don’t even think the shoes hurt him. I just think he wasn’t used to the situation and was trying to figure out a way out of it.

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    • Dr Patti

      That’s bull, that horse passed out from the heat. Plus, NO horse should be backed at 2, they don’t have adequate skeletal development, great way to ruin a horse.

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    • anonomous too

      Arrow, please do some research into the Big Lick Tennessee Walkers. They used to use soring agents on their pasterns to get them to pick up their feet, as it’s painful to put weight on them. That is supposedly outlawed. but the DO put some sort of hard pebble like things under those pads to cause pain to the foot when they move. It’s a very cruel regimen for these poor horses. Building up the foot like that has to throw the entire leg structure off, causing serious issues that can result in permanent lameness. And yes, it IS hot this summer, and I’m pretty sure that the horse was sweaty. If not, why did all of the sand cling to his coat? If he was dry, there wouldn’t be that much sand still sticking to his coat. Two years old…look at these riders. Their feet dangle way below the underlines of these young horses, making them look like they’re riding saw horses. Shame on all of them!!!!

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    • kay

      The horse collapsed. He’s not laying down! Obviously you have no heart for animals! You are what’s wrong with this scenario.

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    • June Casson

      Arrow, you are an idiot….2 years old is too young for this, and the torture these horses go through is criminal………..it isn’t just the shoes, it is all of the tortuous soring techniques combined……and the bits they use are beyond abusive….that and sitting on a horses kidneys is never ok. People that feel the same as you should be banned from being near any animal for life. To say the horse wasn’t sweaty is ridiculous and totally untrue.

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  10. Anonymous

    How can any rider/owner lover of horses kick at a horse. Clearly there was something wrong. A horse does not just collapse under normal circumstances. This is a disgrace – obviously overworked etc.

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  11. aintjack

    Well, looks like they are there for “the big lick” so those people could give a crap about their horse.

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  12. Teresa

    Friggin asshole……you don’t kick a horse when it’s down……..I don’t care how old hat rider is….let him lay down so I can kick the crap out of him……discusting.

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  13. Val Fay

    He probably collapsed from heat exhaustion and severe pain from the cruel practices these thoughtless people use to ‘train’ these poor animals…shame on them and shame on anyone who pays to watch this carnage!

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  14. Jack

    I saw the horse stagger a few seconds before it collapsed. Didn’t the rider feel that? He should have dismounted before the horse collapsed. And somebody give that rider a swift kick in the a$$.

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  15. Linda Dennis

    Actually, The horse may have given into the pain in it’s front feet from soring and the like. Those classes are horrible.

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  16. Lora Garcia

    Wish I would’ve been there! That rider would’ve had a good kick alright! I think it’s ridiculous that the speaker went on talking like nothing was happening. Shame of these people! Ridiculous!

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  17. Tena Hughes

    Seeing what type of show this is, I’m not at all surprised to see that idiot kick the horse after he collapsed. These Big Lick morons don’t care about their horses. Look at those stupid stacks on their feet! They do nothing but abuse their horses, and it needs to stop! BAN BIG LICK!

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  18. Horse lover

    How would that dude like to be kicked while he’s down! That redicolous!

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  19. Raelynn

    I am not surprised – think of all the horrible things that are done to saddlebreds to get them to elevate their feet – these animals are tortured on a daily basis – this rider doesn’t care about this horse. Most owners would be panicked if their horse went down! They would rush to their friends side and wouldn’t kick them or putthe saddle back on a horse that just collapsed. The announcer didn’t even address what was happening. An opportunity missed to show those kids in the crowd how you treat animals!

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  20. Sheila

    This is disgusting on several counts. First, Big Lick Walkers are painfully shod and painfully trained. Secondly theses are TWO YR OLD GELDING…and look at these fat asses riding them. They’re babies, and for them to compete at this age somebody was riding them as yearlings. Third…given the heat index, why was this show not rescheduled? The cruelty here goes far beyond this one horse collapsing and then being kicked by an asshole who should never be allowed to own another horse.

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  21. Susan

    Hey, how about I staple stacks to the rider’s feet, drive nails through his soles, pour acid on his heels, and ride hunch-backed on his sorry ass in 100+ heat and humidity. See how the fuck he fares.

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