MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Protesters were on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University Thursday to raise awareness against animal cruelty.
The group is against Tennessee Walking Horses being trained to walk in a way called “big lick,” which is a term for the eye-catching gait of the horses.
They claim the horses used at MTSU horse shows are subjected to this training.
School officials told News 2 MTSU is an advocate for the legal and ethical treatment of horses.
Protesters said the “big lick” should be banned.
“It can only be done through systemic abuse and there’s no other word for it. It doesn’t look pretty, it’s freakish, it’s cruel and it needs to be abolished,” said protester Christina Gray.
MTSU has one of the largest equine programs in the state.