Soring Gaited Horses


Tennessee Trainer Pleads Guilty to Soring Charges

October 19, 2011

Paul Blackburn has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to violate the Horse Protection Act.... Read More


Merial Launches Outbreak Alert Program

June 02, 2011

Supporting horse owners and veterinarians in their efforts to keep their horses healthy, Merial launched its ... Read More


APHIS Proposes Mandatory HPA Penalty Rules

June 01, 2011

Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) providing Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance inspectors at horse shows ... Read More


Poll: Readers Have Varying Views of PRP

May 17, 2011

More than 100 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Which of the following best represent your ... Read More


ELCR and Breyer Award $10,000 to Develop Minnesota Horse Park

May 03, 2011

The Sibley Equine Conservancy was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) and Breyer Animal Creations of Pequannock, N.J., May 1 in a presentation held during the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** Three-Day Event, held April 27... Read More


Rural Sanctuary: Most Readers Keep Their Horses in the Country

April 05, 2011

More than 880 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Do you keep your horse(s) in rural, suburban, or urban facilities?" ... Read More


Growing Number of Australian Horses Battling Unusual Neurologic Illness

April 01, 2011

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is warning Australian horse owners to take precautions against mosquito-borne disease as veterinarians report a growing number of horses with unusual neurologic signs in New South Wales, Victoria, and... Read More


Trial Date Set in Tennessee 'Soring' Case

March 29, 2011

Last week a federal court judge in Tennessee, U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter, set May 31 as the trial date for a Spotted Saddle Horse trainer and two other individuals accused of violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The act ... Read More


Deworming: Readers Discuss Their Barns' Protocols

March 22, 2011

More than 560 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Does your barn follow a standardized deworming program, using the same product at the same time for every horse?" ... Read More


Chicago Reviewing Change To Carriage Horse Laws

December 02, 2010

Chicago's regulations governing horse carriage operation are currently under review, with a public comment period extending to Dec. 8.

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Troxel Receives 2010 Partnership in Safety Award

November 02, 2010

Troxel LLC, manufacturer of ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmets, has been recognized for the 2010 Partnership in Safety Award from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). The Partnership in Safety Award is given annually to a... Read More


Horseback Riding Survey Shows Many Don't Wear Helmets

August 07, 2010

A recent University of Kentucky (UK) HealthCare survey found that 60% of Kentucky horseback riding respondents did not wear any safety apparel the last time they went riding. "Many riders who have been injured say that they feel... Read More


New Soring Investigation Procedures Announced by USDA

March 24, 2010

Exhibitors at gaited horse shows will be subject to additional Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance procedures this season under new USDA inspection rules for Horse Industry Organizations.

The USDA requires organizations conducting ... Read More


Soring Rule Violators Listed Online

January 08, 2010

A Web site listing more than 8,700 Horse Protection Act violators who have received suspensions from 1986 to the present has been launched by Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH). See the Web site.... Read More


Horse Owner Education Sessions Offered by Minnesota Extension

September 10, 2009

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs this fall. Each program offers researched-based information and knowledgeable speakers. The cost to attend each program is $20 per person.... Read More


California Racing Board to Examine New Safety Equipment

September 03, 2009

The newly-formed safety committee of the California Horse Racing Board will meet for the first time Sept. 4 to begin the regulatory process to establish new standards and specifications for vests, helmets, and whips.

The committee will... Read More


Walking Horse Show Officials Investigate Alleged Bribery

September 02, 2009

An exhibitor at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is under investigation for allegedly attempting to bribe a Designated Qualified Person (DQP) during a pre-performance inspection.

DQPs are employed by horse show managers to... Read More


Deworming: Majority of Readers Don't Utilize Fecal Egg Count Exams

August 28, 2009

More than 600 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How often do you utilize fecal egg count exams?"... Read More


Bankruptcy: Can I Keep My Horse?

April 02, 2009

What happens to the horses if their owner declares bankruptcy? ... Read More


USDA Coordinator Pledges Soring Law Enforcement

March 23, 2009

Exhibitors at this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and other gaited horse shows can expect USDA inspectors to vigorously enforce Horse Protection Act rules against soring, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection... Read More


Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Soring Bill

February 25, 2009

Trainers and owners who cause injury to horses' feet or legs to achieve an exaggerated gait will face stiff penalties in Kentucky if a bill introduced into the state senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee becomes law. Sponsored... Read More


Houston Track Still Cleaning Up from Hurricane Ike

January 20, 2009

Sam Houston Race Park will begin repairs to the roof of its grandstand, as well as additional construction to rebuild portions of the stable and track areas, weather permitting beginning Jan. 22.

As a result of Hurricane Ike, Sam Houston wa... Read More


Court Upholds Soring Decision

November 20, 2008

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently upheld a U.S. Department of Agriculture ruling that Herbert and Jill Derickson of Tennessee violated the Horse Protection Act when they transported and entered a sored Tennessee Walking... Read More


'The Horse' Museum Exhibit Coming to Pittsburgh

October 28, 2008

Carnegie Museum of Natural History will present the acclaimed exhibit The Horse, an in-depth look that showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas, and cultural objects from around the world.

The exhibit also... Read More


Soring Inspections Stepped Up at Walking Horse Celebration

September 12, 2008

Compliance with the Horse Protection Act (HPA) appeared to decline at the 70th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, dropping from 98% in 2007 to 95% at this year's event, according to USDA figures. The Celebration took place... Read More