Second Sound Horse Conference Planned for March 2009

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) has announced the details of the second national conference on ending soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and all gaited horse breeds. The conference will be held March 20 and 21, 2009, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel in Gainesville, Fla.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together a wide complement of experts, research and resources to address alternatives and solutions so that gaited horses do not continue to face this abuse in the future.

As the creator and primary sponsor of the first Sound Horse Conference in 2008, FOSH convened numerous practicing and specialty equine veterinarians, farriers, USDA personnel, and renowned experts in the fields of sociology, communications, and various equine breeds (gaited and nongaited),

The proposed program at the 2009 Sound Horse Conference includes:

  • Pressure Shoeing Detection,
  • Trends in Soring,
  • How Access to Information Exposes Soring,
  • Future Plans of the USDA,
  • The Inspector's Point of View,
  • How Stacks and Chains Affect Horse Biomechanics,
  • Future Trends in the Equine Industry,
  • How Investigative Reporting Can Help, and much more.

In addition to FOSH, major sponsors in 2009 include the American Horse Protection Association, the Humane Society of the United States, the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the National Walking Horse Association, and the University of Florida, Gainesville.

All gaited horse owners and individuals concerned about the humane treatment of horses are welcome to attend. Continuing education credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians are available. For more information, including an agenda and registration form, please contact FOSH by calling 800/651-7993 or visiting

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