It’s long past time that soring – deliberately causing pain to exaggerate the leg motion of a horse’s gait to gain an unfair advantage in show rings – was ended. Unfortunately, this inhumane practice continues to be pervasive even though it has been illegal to sore horses being shown, exhibited, transported or sold for more than 40 years. Too many horses remain victims of soring, such as deliberately applying caustic substances like kerosene or applying stacks/pads and chains in ways designed to be painful to the horse.
The PAST Act (H.R. 1847) would put an end to this inhumane practice by stepping up the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement capabilities, increasing penalties for violations and banning certain devices associated with soring. Ask your representatives to end soring and protect our nation’s horses.