I was thrilled to hear legislation that will finally end the blatant cruelty to performance Tennessee Walking Horses known as “soring” was reintroduced in the 116th Congress by Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon and a strong bipartisan team. The bill, H.R.693, was renamed the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act in honor of the late Maryland senator who introduced the original Horse Protection Act of 1970.
Soaring is a heartless, abusive, intentional training tactic inflicted on horses purely in the name of sport. When horses are sored, caustic chemicals are applied to their lower limbs, causing extreme pain. Sadistic trainers then apply chains around the horses’ sore legs that exacerbate the pain, causing them to lift their front legs unnaturally high and perform an artificial gait known as the “Big Lick”.
The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Maryland Horse Council and countless horse industry groups nationwide endorse the legislation. I hope my representative, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, will do all he can to end this cruelty by prioritizing passage of PAST this year. No horse should be forced to endure deliberate cruelty for the sake of a blue ribbon.