Horse soring "stacks" on the front hooves of a Tennessee Walking Horse at Big Lick competition. HSUS.

Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses

WVLT-TV reports that American Horse Trainer Monty Roberts has reaffirmed his commitment to end soring as Tennessee Walking Horse events prepare to resume.

Soring is the act of intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait.

Roberts, known as “the man who listens to horses,” has been teaching others a natural, non-violent method of training horses.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Larry Edwards, Hall of Fame Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, said. “That filly started out scared to death, trying to climb over the pen and when he finished with her, she was as gentle as she could be.”

Join Monty Roberts

On July 25, 2019, the United States Congress passed H.R.693 — The PAST Act — 333-96. The PAST Act abolishes the use of “stack and chains”, central to horse soring.

This victory marks the first time Congress has moved to strengthen laws against soring since the practice was first banned.

The Senate version of bill has yet to make it to the floor for a vote. Vivian Farrell of the Fund for Horses urges everyone to please join Monty Roberts in pressing for the passage of S.1007.

“Senators Mitch McConnell and Marsha Blackburn will be employing their full arsenal of tricks to defeat S.1007 and keep the “Big Lick” alive.

They can be defeated, but it will “take a nation”. We are that “nation”.

Visit the Fund for Horses website to learn what steps you need to take. Scroll down to S.1007 — The PAST Act.

Learn how to make phone calls that get results here.

Check status of S.1007 at As of this writing, S.1007 has 51 cosponsors.

NOTE: The Tennessee Walking Horse’s 82nd Annual Celebration is scheduled for August 26th – September 5th, 2020.

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Updated with take action links May 26, 2020.

18 thoughts on “Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses”

  1. this “sport” has been around for decades. a trainer asked me if i would learn the style and show his horses. seeing the bullshit these animals are put through? once was enough. its not just the soring. its the bits, spurs, chains, tail tendon cutting, back bending braces to “uplift carriage”. bullshit – through and through and through. this isnt a sport anymore than bullfighting is

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    1. HR 693 is a bill that would strengthen the existing law which has been violated for decades but not enforced using “loopholes” so called. Yet another despicable industry abusing horses and getting away with it. In case you do not know what horse soring is, please see the Fund for Horses website (whose blog this is) here. More images here

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  2. It continues to sicken me that humans, or should we call them “sub-humans”, continue to support the Big Lick which is blatant animal abuse. Even as a teenager in the 1960’s, I was troubled by the unnatural gait of the TWHs as I observed them at all breed shows. Anyone who supports this industry is truly a monster of epic proportions.

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  3. This should be done with why do people think it’s ok to torture any animal everyone thinks they can get away with anything that’s why cruelty is still here animals and people

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  4. If the law was passed in 2019, why is it not being enforced so these poor horses are not tortured day in and out! Enforce the Law. Free these abused animals now!

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    1. This is not the place to get the law enforced. This is merely preaching to the choir. Legislators and LEO will take time and effort but are the only place to start the wheel.


    2. The bill strengthening the existing law against horse soring passed the U.S. House. It also needs to pass the U.S. Senate. Go here and scroll down to S.1007 the PAST Act and contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor S.1007.

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  5. Thank you for this! Maddening, right? I shared on my RIDE FOR THEIR LIVES Facebook page.

    One error – Monty Roberts is not the actual Horse Whisperer; that moniker rightfully belongs to Buck Brannaman.

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  6. The Big Lick is abhorrently cruel. It must be outlawed.
    The people who participate are sadistic creatures who think nothing of inflicting terrible pain on these poor horses. It’s pure evil.

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