Soring Gaited Horses


Legislation to Eliminate Soring Introduced in Senate

August 01, 2013

There are now bills in both the U.S. House and Senate to amend the HPA to eliminate soring. ... Read More


McConnell Pleads Guilty to State Charges

July 11, 2013

McConnell has pleaded guilty to 12 of the misdemeanor animal cruelty against him.... Read More


Tennessee Soring Case Expands

June 10, 2013

Authorities arrested two men who allegedly worked with sored horses at Larry Wheelon's training barn.... Read More


TWHBEA President Backs Anti-Soring Bill

May 30, 2013

The bill would forbid the use of action devices and increase penalties for anyone convicted of soring horses.... Read More


Wheelon to Vacate Leased Blount County Barn

May 14, 2013

Trainer Larry Wheelon, accused of soring horses, has until June 10 to vacate the Tenessee barn he leases. ... Read More


Wheelon Suspended Amid Soring Charges

May 02, 2013

The license of a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer accused of soring horses has been suspended.... Read More


Tennessee Horse Trainer Charged in Soring Case

April 26, 2013

Trainer Larry Wheelon is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly soring 19 horses at his farm.... Read More


House Bill would Amend Horse Protection Act

April 15, 2013

The bill would amend the Horse Protection Act by imposing stiffer penalties on anyone who sores a horse.... Read More


Tennessee Grand Jury Indicts McConnell for Horse Soring

April 03, 2013

The grand jury indicted McConnell on more than 20 counts of animal cruelty in connection with horse soring.... Read More


USEF Bans Action Devices for Gaited Horses

January 25, 2013

The USEF executive committee approved a rule banning soring during its Dec. 17, 2012, meeting.... Read More


Annual TWH Sale Draws Controversy

January 17, 2013

Some equine welfare activists claim the event could include sales of horses wearing padded shoes and chains.... Read More


AAEP, AVMA Call for Passage Amendments to the Horse Protection Act

November 21, 2012

The organizations issued a statement Nov. 19 in support of HR 6388,... Read More


Amicus Brief Filed in HPA Penalty Case

November 02, 2012

The amicus brief asks a court to uphold USDA regulations requiring minimum penalties for HPA violators. ... Read More


McConnell to Pay Fines, Serve Probation in Horse Soring Case

September 19, 2012

Jackie McConnell will pay $75,000 in fines, serve three years probation, and perform community service.... Read More


Proposed Legislation would Stiffen Horse Soring Penalties

September 17, 2012

The legislation would stiffen penalties for soring horses by amending the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970.... Read More


Federal Prosecutor Seeks Stiff Sentence for McConnell

September 11, 2012

U.S. Atty. Steven Neff is seeking probation and a significant fine for Jackie McConnell.... Read More


Walking Horse Group wants HSUS Soring Tipline Data

August 29, 2012

The Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization has demanded the HSUS share tipline responses.... Read More


AVMA, AAEP Urge Strong HPA Enforcement at TWH Celebration

August 25, 2012

Individuals are asked to identify and report HPA violators, and support strong HPA enforcement by the USDA.... Read More


Enhanced Anti-Soring Protocol at TWH National Celebration

August 22, 2012

The enhanced protocol will show animals presented for exhibition at the event are sound, administrators say.... Read More


HSUS Launches Hotline for Tips on Soring Offenders

August 20, 2012

The HSUS has launched a national tip line to help crack down on the illegal practice known as "soring." ... Read More


SHOW Responds to Decertification Notice

August 08, 2012

SHOW claims their demise will put horses at greater risk of abuse by trainers who sore the animals.... Read More


SHOW to Conduct TWH Celebration Inspections

August 04, 2012

SHOW and two other HIOs were deemed noncompliant by the USDA for not submitting modified rule books.... Read More


USDA: Some Walking Horse Groups Deemed Noncompliant

August 01, 2012

Three HIOs have been deemed noncompliant for failing to comply with new HPA enforcement rules.... Read More


Walking Horse Groups Could Face USDA Sanctions

July 25, 2012

The USDA might decertify five Tennessee Walking Horse HIOs for not complying with new HPA enforcement rules.... Read More


Judge Cancels Trial in Soring Rule Lawsuit

July 19, 2012

A Texas judge ordered both sides of the dispute to present evidence pertinent to the case.... Read More