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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Susan Light Gothard

I grew up in Middle Tennesse, was a member of the MT Pony Club, and often shared show rings with the Walking Horses. I was pretty young, but I always knew something was wrong: these horses were always wild-eyed and frightened. At the end of one particular class, they all lined up and I saw the blood running underneath the bell boots & down the hooves of one of these beautiful horses. THEN I figured out what all that ching-ching-ching was coming from their feet. That was more than 50 years ago, but I vowed then never to tolerate abuse of any horse,(or any animal) EVER. It's got to stop.

mira white

Please put a stop to this criminal practice! It is against the law. When are you going to enforce the law! I live in Tennessee and love our Tennessee Walking Horses. They are beautiful and gentle. They dont deserve to be tortured! They dont have their own voices but we the people that love and respect these gentle creatures are useing our voices to speak up for them. Please enforce the law that in place and stop this ASAP!!!

Dennise Waldron

I find it horrific to think that gentle loving creatures have to be subjected to abuse that is illegal. I cannot contact my U.S. Congress man/woman as I am resident in Ireland are there any other suggestions?


they r ding this in fl tooo!!! hellpPp!!!

Patrick Oliver

Do NOT sore horses!


Animals creatures of love and nature are not for entertainment not for torture not for abuseing not force nothinf but for humans to look and be wowed by their Beauty and existence and to hurt them is evil leave horses alone


Please, stop! They feel just like us
Just look at their eyes and you will see
The words that you can't hear from them

Susan Dunsmuir

Please stop this cruel and abusive practice.

Donna McConnell

Please STOP this cruel act NOW!!!!


Please stop hurting Gods creAtion!