Items

Forums
 
New Efforts Make Soring A Felony
 By Winniefield Park   •   30th May 2015   •   2,800 views   •   0 comments
New Efforts Make Soring A Felony

It baffles me that the issue of soring has lasted so long. What is soring? It is the use of caustic chemicals used to irritate the skin on a horse’s legs, the insertion of sharp objects into sensitive parts of the horse’s hooves, weighted shoes, trimming hooves so that tender tissue is exposed and other barbaric practices thought to make a horse lift up its feet higher to perform something called ‘The Big Lick’, a popular competition in the Tennessee Walking Horse world. These methods, or combination of methods ensure that a horse lives in constant pain.

Back in 1970 the US Congress enacted the Horse Protection Act (HPA), designed to make soring illegal. Forty years later, the HPA has proven to be without teeth. Those who use soring to create unnaturally high-stepping horses have stayed one step ahead of the law. When one soring method becomes detectable, another is created. The www.hpadata.us claims over 13,000 incidences since the enactment of the HPA.

Related: When does the show ring go too far
Related: The Inhumane Practice of Soring Continues

Nevertheless, renewed efforts to bring this despicable practice to an end have begun. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act has been re-introduced to the the US legislature after failing to make it to the floor last fall. Introduced by two senators, the pending bill would change the practice of soring from a misdemeanor to felony. Any caustic agents, weighted shoes, leg chains or other chemical or article applied to a horse’s legs or hooves to make it step higher would be illegal. It changes how inspectors are qualified, and enforces a new licensing process. All “Big Lick” events would require an inspector. The TWH show industry may be self-policing, but to do so would risk greater liability if soring is discovered. Penalties will be stiffer, and lifetime bans enforced for those charged with a third violation.

There are those who believe that the PAST Act will destroy the TWH show industry, and that self-regulation is working. The PAST Act will actually punish the greater number who do things right. The effort and money that would go into monitoring the TWH industry would be better spent elsewhere and is a poor use of taxpayer’s money. The incidences of soring are few, and that further legislation isn’t necessary. These are just a few of the arguments against the PAST Act.

But many others including the Humane Society of the United States, the American Horse Council, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners endorse the bill. The public too, is aware of the practice and Friends of Sound Horses provides information for those who wish to enjoy and show their gaited horses without the use of cruel artificial means to enhance their gaits. The United States Equestrian Federation passed a rule against the use of any form of soring or device to enhance a horse’s gait. All horses ridden in any USEF sanctioned show must be flat shod only. Many non-gaited breed associations have voiced their condemnation of the practice.

There are still several voting and debating steps before this bill can be made law. Those who oppose soring have been waiting forty years for laws that will bring an end to the practice of soring. For those horses who are living in pain, the wait is far, far too long.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  PAST,
Horse News More In This Category:  Horse Rescue and Abuse      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 Related Horse News
When Does The Show Ring Go Too Far
26th Jan 2010   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   mosquito
Going to a horse show or an event is great. Beautiful horses, smartly dressed riders, all ready to perform their best. But sometimes getting horses to look and do their best isn’t as great as it seems. ...
New Efforts Make Soring A Felony
30th May 2015   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
It baffles me that the issue of soring has lasted so long. What is soring? It is the use of caustic chemicals used to irritate the skin on a horse’s legs, the insertion of sharp objects into sensitive parts of the horse’s hooves, ...
The Inhumane Practice of Soring Continues
16th May 2014   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Despite laws, despite inspections, despite the extreme ire of horse lovers the world over, the practice of soring continues. Soring is the practice of using a chemical or device to make a horse’s hooves and pasterns sensitive in a ...
Tennessee Walker Soring PAST Act
5th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Another bill in front of the current congress is commonly known as the PAST Act or Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693. Although that is how it appeared when first presented, it has now been renamed in honor of Joseph ...
Tennessee Walking Horse Community Concerned Over New Legislation
10th Aug 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Members of the Tennessee Walking Horse community are concerned that a passing of a bill before the U.S. congress would be detrimental to their industry. PAST or Prevent All Soring Tactics would amend previous legislation and chang ...
Big Lick Shows Continue
17th Aug 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
The language in this video may offend some, but the topic discussed will probably offend most. So-called big lick shows continue, even throughout the Covid19 shutdown. RaleighLink14 takes on this barbaric practice, with clips of s ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Winniefield Park
25 Year Old Equestrian Karen Polle is One to Watch
20th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Karen Polle was born in Japan, but moved to the United States when she was very young. She rode for the U.S. competing successfully in North American Young Rider Championships. In 2014, she started riding for Japan with a goal of ...
U.S. Space Force Inducts First Horse
18th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
The Space Force has a new recruit. Currently The United States Space Force has a personnel of about 16,000, but it’s membership has just increased by one. Ghost, a five-year-old grey Mustang is its newest recruit. Unlike his fello ...
Horse Antibodies Treating COVID in People
14th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Could horses help treat Covid-19? Immune therapy research being done in South America suggests that antibodies produced by horses when injected with part of the coronavirus might help fight the virus in people. Horse blood contain ...
Record Breaking Friesian Earnings
13th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
A new PonyBox record has fallen with an offspring out-earning their sire. And a new horse sits in the top PonyBox spot. ...
Virtual Mustang Makeover
12th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Many equestrian events have been cancelled, but with some ingenuity, others have made an attempt to carry on safely despite COVID-19. Each year, the Extreme Mustang Makeover offers a chance for young trainers to prove their horse ...
Meet Freckle Butt The House Trained Horse
7th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Freckle Butt the pony clearly believes he’s entitled to all of the comforts of home. That includes access to soft rugs, snacks and back rubs. This house horse lives in Michigan and has only one regret - no fingers or thumbs to use ...
PonyBox Top Rankings and Win Streaks
6th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Top Ranking horse for the end of the first week of August is 3P *Overjoyed*. This 12 year old Standardbred mare is a diminutive 12.2 hands, but has a best jump of 91” and earnings of 509,800 PB. She has a performance score of 443 ...
Worsely Dressage Documentary
5th Sep 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Lucy Worsely’s 2015 “Reins of Power” documentary, available on YouTube, is the perfect addition to your rainy day or quarantine binge watching playlist. The doc peeks at the royal family’s horse obsession, and explores the roots o ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
250 Members Online 269,042 Registered Members 2,772 News Articles 11,777,116 Unique News Article Views 280,644,575 Website Views