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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I lived in the middle TN area for many years and was appalled by the treatment of the TN walking horse. At a show in a "Big Lick" class, a horse fell. My friends told me it was common and they just waited until the horse got up.




I can email my state legistators, but being from the North, we really need to show the Tennessee and Kentucky legistators that people from all over the country want action on this. And we need to prove to them that we are not trying to shut down TWHs just the Big Lick! The Big Lick is just one part of TWH shows and it's time for it to go. They always moan about the economic impact blah blah blah. But no one is saying the TWH shows should not go on, The Celebration has plenty of other classes to attract visitors. Is their argument that people are only going to see sad, sored horses? Well, then, tough. People loved going to pulic executions too but that doesn't mean that that was right.

Maura Sheehan

Please stop this cruel practice. These beautiful animals are a gift, please stop their suffering NOW.

Edward Brown

As a resident of the state of Tennessee if find this kind of abuse truly offensive. It must end this is the 21st century after all!

John Hertzler, Jr.

Stop soring of these majestic animals. It is cruel and inhumane.

Nancy L. Krutenat

Stop the abuse and torture!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Prubant

Stop abusing these beautiful animals just for a sport.

Charlotte R. Wolfe

This is the first time I've heard of this. This is just too sad for words.
Please stop this practice.

Alyssa LeBlanc

Please stop abusing horses!