Dear Animal Advocates,
Itâ€™s not legal, but on todayâ€™s Tennessee Walking Horse show circuit, trainers still engage in the cruel practice of â€œsoringâ€â€”using chemicals and devices to cause extreme pain to horsesâ€™ legs and hooves to exaggerate their special gait. Trainers may also file down horsesâ€™ hooves to expose the nerves, then insert sharp objects into hooves to cause further suffering.
Desperate to escape the constant, intense burning and sharp pain, horses who suffer soring unnaturally fling their legs in the high-stepping â€œbig lickâ€ gaitâ€”a gait that unfortunately wins prizes at shows.
It gets even worse: In an effort to evade detection of this illegal cruelty, these trainers often condition horses to remain still during inspections by beating, torturing or burning them beforehand.
Our majestic Tennessee Walking Horses have long been cherished, both for their unique four-step gait and their willing and gentle dispositions. Unfortunately, these same traits have also made these horses vulnerable to extreme exploitation and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous trainers. This cruelty must end.
The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518, has been introduced in the U.S. House and would dramatically increase protections for these horsesâ€”we need your help to ensure it passes.