Horse soring should be banned outright. The objective of soring is so horses will perform in an exaggerated high stepping gait known as “the Big Lick” in order to win ribbons in competitions.
The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 2295) was introduced to the Senate to combat the inhumane practice of “soring” horses. “Though the Horse Protection Act was signed into law more than 50 years ago to protect horses from painful soring, this abuse continues unabated,” said Cathy Liss, president of the Animal Welfare Institute.
Combating the horrors of horse soring is clearly not going to end it. It may mitigate it to some degree from time to time, but it will not end its litany of horrific and nightmarish abuses. In our view, the Horse Protection Act has failed to protect sored horses in 50 years of trying.
We call for an all out ban on horse soring.
In the meantime, The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, simply referred to as the Celebration, is being held this year in Shelbyville, August 26th to September 4th. As of this writing, they have not listed their sponsors.
Fact Sheet and FAQs
Soring is a highly painful practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait. This is accomplished by irritating the forelegs through the injection or application of chemicals or the use of mechanical irritants in a horse’s hooves. Learn more at the links below.
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