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Pride was rescued from the Tennessee walking horse show industry after being forced to endure suffering for many years. Soring, as described by the Humane Society, is the “intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait” during competition.
The soring of horses includes various actions taken on horses’ limbs to produce higher gaits that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness. Soring is unnecessary and cruel. Pride’s handlers were successfully prosecuted, and he will live the rest of his life in peace, on his terms, at Black Beauty Ranch.
The practice of soring horses for any reason is illegal, and no horse should be made to suffer for an award. It is time that this cruelty, which is known as “soring,” is stopped for good. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices integral to soring, strengthen penalties and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture.
Take action here to prevent this from happening again.
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