Soring Gaited Horses

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Petitioners Ask Trump to Lift UDSA Anti-Soring Rule Freeze

March 30, 2017

The USDA rule was one of several regulations approved but ultimately frozen after the administration change in January.... Read More

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Congress Members Ask for Anti-Soring Rule Approval

February 17, 2017

Passed before Trump's administration took office, a clerical error led to the rule being put on hold, pending review.... Read More

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Senators Ask USDA to Restore Records on APHIS Website

February 16, 2017

The senators say the public has the right to know if the Horse Protection Act has been violated and by whom.... Read More

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HPA Inspection Reports Removed From APHIS Website

February 10, 2017

Going forward those seeking HPA inspection and enforcement information must submit a Freedom of Information Act request.... Read More

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Buchanan, Blumenauer to Co-Chair Animal Welfare Caucus

February 02, 2017

Reps. Vern Buchanan and Earl Blumenauer will head the group intended to educate legislators on animal welfare issues.... Read More

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Anti-Soring Rule Suspended in Trump Administration Freeze

January 27, 2017

The rule is among a litany of new regulations pending review by the new administration and its department secretaries.... Read More

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Walking Horse Group to Challenge USDA Rule

January 18, 2017

The legal team for FAST is preparing a response to the new rule which bans the use of action devices and pads or stacks.... Read More

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Chains, Stacks Banned in Walking Horse Training, Exhibition

January 17, 2017

A new rule prohibits the use of action devices, pads, and wedges, except for those used for therapeutic purposes.... Read More

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Tennessee Ponders Grant Award to Walking Horse Group

December 29, 2016

The grant could help fund a study aimed at developing objective ways to detect soring in Tennessee Walking Horses. ... Read More

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Yoho Urges Soring Rule Approval Before Administration Change

October 27, 2016

Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) is the primary sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act in the current Congress.... Read More

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USDA Proposes HPA Enforcement Rule Change

July 26, 2016

The proposed change would ban action devices and require training for veterinarians conducting compliance inspections.... Read More

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House Committee Rules on Rep. Ed Whitfield Ethics Probe

July 16, 2016

Whitfield violated House rules, though unintentionally, by allowing his wife to lobby for anti-soring legislation.... Read More

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Congressman's Email Draws Ire From Oregon Dressage Riders

April 27, 2016

A group of Oregon equestrians are concerned that a letter from a Congressman might erroneously link soring to dressage.... Read More

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APHIS Seeks Anti-Soring Rule Change

April 05, 2016

The proposed role would place the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in charge of enforcing the law.... Read More

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The Equine Industry's Top Welfare Issues

December 22, 2015

A rundown of equine welfare issues currently plaguing the U.S. industry and what's being done to address them. ... Read More

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2015 Walking Horse Celebration Begins Amid Accusations

August 28, 2015

The HSUS alleged that trainers and grooms at ThorSport Farm sored horses, but the farm owner disputed the claims.... Read More

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PAST Act Reintroduced into U.S. House

July 30, 2015

The bill would amend the Horse Protection Act to ban performance packages and stiffen soring penalties.... Read More

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Wheelon Soring Case Dismissed

June 04, 2015

A Tennessee judge has dismissed the soring case against Walking Horse trainer Larry Wheelon due to lack of evidence.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Equine Welfare Issues

May 19, 2015

Of the 1,238 respondents, 517 (42%) said they are most concerned about "unwanted" horses. ... Read More

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Judge Tosses Evidence in Wheelon Soring Case

May 19, 2015

The judge ruled that Larry Wheelon's Fourth Amendment rights were violated due to faulty search warrants.... Read More

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Federal Legislators Reintroduce PAST Act

April 30, 2015

Lawmakers reintroduced legislation that would stiffen penalties for those that sore Tennessee Walking Horses.... Read More

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Walking Horse Herd Removed from Tennessee Farm

April 19, 2015

More than 50 Tennessee Walking Horses are receiving care after being removed from allegedly deplorable conditions.... Read More

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U.S. House Panel to Probe Whitfied Ethics Complaint

March 31, 2015

Rep. Ed Whitfield allegedly failed to prevent his wife from lobbying his staff on Tennessee Walking Horse welfare.... Read More

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North Carolina State Fair Drops Walking Horse Classes

March 12, 2015

A representative said Tennessee Walking Horse exhibitors are still welcome to enter classes at the open horse show.... Read More

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Appeals Court Rules Against USDA on Soring Penalties

February 24, 2015

The court ruled that the USDA doesn't have authority to require minimum penalties for Horse Protection Act violators.... Read More