Petition Calls for End to Soring

An Illinois-based equine welfare organization has launched a Web-based petition campaign aimed at creating pressure to abolish the practice of soring in the gaited horse industry.

"Our goal is to submit the petition to government representatives from Tennessee and Kentucky to increase the United States Department of Agriculture budget for inspections at gaited horse shows," said Gale Mott, president of One Horse at a Time, the nonprofit organizing the effort.

The drive for signatures began July 13, with the goal of collecting 5,000 names. To date, 765 people have signed the petition online.

Soring is the use pain-causing caustic chemicals, cutting, and other techniques to achieve an exaggerated gait in Tennessee Walking Horses and other gaited breeds. The practice is outlawed by the Horse Protection Act of 1970. USDA personnel and other trained inspectors examine horses at some shows for violations of this law.

View the petition.  

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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