Sound Horse Conference reminder

The following story was reported in January, but bears a reminder here.

Group takes steps to promote sound horses
Friday, January 4, 2008
By Brian Mosely

    “The End of Soring” is the goal of the first Sound Horse Conference to be held in Columbus, Ohio, later this year.


    The event is set for April 11-12 at the Hilton Garden Inn and is sponsored by Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Protection Association, Friends of Sound Horses and the Humane Society of the United States.

    Described as two days of “stimulating conversation and action,” the goal of the conference is to accelerate progress to end soring “by bringing all interested people together to share ideas, increase knowledge, resources and action plans.”

    Discussion will include the challenges to enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, technology for future enforcement, proposed research that is needed, detection pressure shoeing, how to prevent soring and other related topics.

    The Equine Affaire will also take place in Columbus on April 10-13, which will feature training clinics, seminars, breed exhibits, among many events as those attending the Sound Horse Conference will enjoy special seating at the Pfizer Fantasia horse musical performance.

    Soring refers to cruel short-cuts used instead of legitimate training methods to exaggerate a Tennessee Walking Horse’s natural high-stepping gait in the show ring. Horses are inspected for signs of soring prior to competition, and are disqualified if the are found to have been sored.

    Disputes between trainers and federal officials over the inspection process plagued the industry during 2006, resulting in the cancellation of the World Grand Championship class at the Celebration, but the 2007 horse show season appeared to go much more smoothly.

    From more information about the conference, e-mail or call (800) 651-7993.

Story source online here. All bolding ours.

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