Horse Soring Bill Before Congress

A bill to further enhance the 1970 Horse Protection Act has been introduced in both the House and Senate.  Representatives Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore,) both veterinarians, are cosponsoring the bill in the House.  Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has introduced a companion bill into the senate.  The bill, titled Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) is aimed at eliminating all soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, with complete banning of all artificial means of making a horse lift its leg higher, and increased penalties for those caught soring horses.

Soring is intentionally causing pain to a horse by chemical and mechanical means to force it to lift its leg higher for an artificial gait.  Trainers apply caustic chemicals such as lighter fluid, diesel, mustard oil, along with heavy weights and even electrical shocks.  Tennessee Walking Horse show officials claim that soring no longer occurs, yet at the 2014 Celebration, USDA veterinarians found that more than half of the 384 horses randomly selected for testing showed signs of soring.

Original Story and Picture: Huffington Post

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