It’s Time to End Walking-Horse Abuse

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 10:45am
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Tennessee Walking Horses desperately need your help. These majestic and gentle-natured creatures are a breed of horse famous for their distinctive, smooth, high-stepping walk. Sadly, a cruel and illegal procedure called “soring” is all too frequently used to elicit an exaggerated movement, called the “big lick,” in order to win prizes at horse shows.

Soring is the gruesome practice of using chemicals and painful devices to injure a horse’s front limbs, making any contact with the ground so painful that the horse quickly jerks up his legs to relieve the pressure. Soring causes such intense pain that its victims often cannot stand for several days afterward.

Although soring was banned nationwide in 1970, inadequate legal penalties and lax enforcement have allowed this cruel practice to continue. A new bill, H.R. 6388, will address these inadequacies by amending the federal Horse Protection Act and improving protections for horses from soring, and we need your help in building support for this critical legislation!

What You Can Do
Please contact your U.S. representative and urge him/her to cosponsor H.R. 6388 and support strong amendments to the Horse Protection Act to better protect horses from soring.

Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online right now to contact your U.S. representative in Washington, D.C. There are only a few working days left in this Congress, so time is of the essence!

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Kacy Harnedy

Stop soring


Why don't we do the same to their abusers and see how they like it?

Julian pino

Do not do to others whatever you do not want done to yourself.
Empathy and consciousness please!

Lisa Camargo

Please cosponsor H.R. 6388 and support strong amendments to the Horse Protection Act to better protect horses from soring.

Crystal Foss

all for a blue ribbon! EGOTISTICAL maniacs!!!! Get a life...force your own body to do things not a poor helpless animal!!! Join a human athletic team or the gym and push your own damn ass to do something!!!!!! Pathetic jerks!!!!


Cruelty to any animal is a terrible thing....we must do all we can to stop this horrible treatment of creatures that are unable to defend themselves!

Megan Miranda

No more animal abuse! The abusers need strict and swift punishment!


End walking horse ABUSE now!

Cindy Guarnieri

I have been an ASPCA supporter for many years now and I am proud of the work that this organization does for animals. We need to continue to work hard to end suffering and torture of farm animals, gestation crates, veal crates, hen crates, end the horrific short life of calves, end wild horse round-ups out West, end horse-pulled carriages in big cities, end puppy mills, end the horrific life of racing greyhounds, end canned hunts and trophy hunting, and end poaching. We are the voices for the animals, who have to voice. We have to speak up for them and protect them from cruel and heartless and greedy human beings.

Bessie. Goodrum

Stop soring