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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Sharon Parshall

I am appalled over the soring of Tennesee Walking horses. How anyone in a right mind could inflict such pain and suffering on an innocent animal is beyond comprehension. I agree with another commentor who said the abusers should suffer goring to see how it feels.


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Lisa Turner

This needs to be stopped !!! These beautiful creatures need are love and respect! Not abuse, stop the abuse n punish the abusers!

Martha Farra

HELL is going to be a very very crowded place when all the animal abusers and animal hoarders start dying off which can't be soon enough. This includes the people that pinfire their horses to run faster, dog fighting proponents, Tennessess Walking horse abusers etc. If You are one of these. 1) you make me sick and 2) I hope you die a painful and slow death

monisha abichandani

Animal cruelty is the crime. There should be strict laws to protect these harmless creature. Just like us they have the same emotions and feelings. People who does this heinous things should be made to go through the same painful experience.

Rose Ogorzaly

Please co-sponsor H.R, 6388 to protect horses from abuse.
Please support strong amendments to the HORSE PROTECTION ACT to protect horses from the ABUSIVE PRACTICE OF SORING.



Debbie story

Please stop this inhumane procedure for some people to gain money and end the cruelty!!

Betty Johnson

this practice isn just Tennessee walkers, quarter horses that cary their tails to high for pleasure classes get a shot of novacaine, American Saddle horses's tails are sergical cit and placed in a brace to acheive that high tail that look so good in the show ring The Arabs are the only one I havent heard anything about. that not saying there isnt something their but I havent heard anything.

Starla Witt

These beautiful creatures God made and the bible says a Godly man is kind to animals....This abuse must stop....I would love to be the vindicator for the horses...but maybe God will be a better vindicator than me. They are beautiful living creatures and should not be allowed to be treated tgis way for the greed and evil within man.....