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USDA Holds Local Meetings on Horse "Soring"

In order to place highly at horse shows, a cruel and illegal training technique called "soring" is often used to elicit an exaggerated gait from Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring involves injuring a horse's front limbs using painful chemicals and devices to make the horse throw its legs up and out, creating what's called the "big lick" movement.
Soring causes agonizing pain and is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Although the federal Horse Protection Act bans soring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently relies on the show horse industry to police itself—and certain inhumane tools and devices associated with soring remain legal for use in horse competitions.

This spring, the USDA is traveling across the country to talk to communities about whether the Horse Protection Act is being enforced effectively. The horses need you to speak for them! Urge the USDA to stop relying on the horse industry to self-regulate, fund more soring inspections and ban painful training paraphernalia!

USDA Local Sessions on Horse Soring:

3/15: Lexington, KY

3/22: Ontario, CA

3/23: Albany, OR
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.; Phoenix Inn Suites, 3410 Spicer Road SE, Albany, OR 97322

3/27: Asheville, NC

3/29: Starkville, MS

4/04: Murfreesboro, TN

4/10: Riverdale, MD

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To learn more about the USDA-hosted events and to sign up to attend the one in your state please visit:


homepage: homepage: http://www.aspca.org/USDAsoring