Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

Final horse soring rule could lead to legal action

WASHINGTON, DC — On January 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule that strengthens the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and safeguards horses from the practice of soring.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the new amendments to the Horse Protection Act make two significant changes:

1. APHIS would assume responsibility for training, screening and licensing horse inspectors. Instead of allowing horse industry organizations to handle these responsibilities, inspectors would be veterinarians and veterinary technicians required to follow USDA rules and standards of conduct.

2. USDA-APHIS would ban the use of all action devices, pads, and foreign substances at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. This would align HPA regulations with existing equestrian standards set forth by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

These changes will “eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore,” according to the USDA-APHIS website. The HPA, which is enforced by APHIS, makes it unlawful for any person to show, exhibit, sell or transport sore horses, or to use any equipment, device, paraphernalia or substance prohibited by the USDA specifically for the purpose of soring.

Horse soring radiograph. USDA image.
Horse soring x-ray. Some 49 nails were used to hold the pads together on this Tennessee Walking Horse. USDA image.

Also under the final regulation is a ban on the use of chains and stacks in the training and exhibition of Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses. The rule states that all action devices, except for certain boots, are prohibited on any Tennessee Walking Horse or racking horse at any horse show, exhibition, sale or auction. All pads and wedges are prohibited on any Tennessee Walking Horse or racking horse at any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction on or after Jan. 1, 2018, unless such horse has been prescribed and is receiving therapeutic, veterinary treatment using pads or wedges.

In a letter addressed to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Janet Donlin, DVM, MBA, EVP and CEO of the AVMA, and David Foley, CAE, executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), say they “appreciate USDA’s acknowledgement and adoption of many of our suggestions, including prohibitions on the use of action devices and nontherapeutic stacks or pads on Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses.”

On Jan. 15, the president of the Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST), Kasey C. Kesselring, PhD, said the organization’s legal team will challenge the new rule, according to TheHorse.com. Continue reading at VeterinaryNews.com »

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The extensive pain and suffering these horses are put through to achieve something as ugly as this is unimaginable to humans. A human tortured like this would most likely go insane or commit suicide. It is not just for competition, it is for continuous months of training too.

“If it looks painful and ugly that’s because it is’, says BillyGoBoy who posted this video. It is also a federal crime. Yet it goes on because sick politicians take big money to keep it going. They should be thrown out of office and thrown into jail.

3 thoughts on “Final horse soring rule could lead to legal action”

  1. The soring of horses must be stopped! Trump needs to realize that God would never agree to such a cruel act! We are told in the Bible to care for the needs of the animals, not abuse them!

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  2. why on Earth would they stop the rule? although great money us involved surely not enough to bother the govt.

    there’s many more highly important things to deal with. thus should be allowed to continue to fruition and the total ban ratified.

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  3. It is unbelievable that this abhorrent cruelty has been allowed to continue. The people who participate in this sadistic barbaric activity are MONSTERS and should be dragged before the courts, severely dealt with and hung out to dry.

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