Items

Forums
Tennessee Walker Soring PAST Act
 By Saferaphus   •   5th Mar 2019   •   55 views   •   0 comments


Another bill in front of the current congress is commonly known as the PAST Act or Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693. Although that is how it appeared when first presented, it has now been renamed in honor of Joseph D. Tydings, a senator who helped pass the first Horse Protection Act of 1970. U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST Act will close gaps in the laws that govern soring.

Soring, the practice of putting physical or chemical irritants on or in a Tennessee Walking Horse’s legs or hooves to encourage an artificial high-stepping gait called the ‘big lick’ has been a contentious issue for decades. Since the mid-1900s, Tennessee Walking Horses were shown in a competition that demonstrated this gait, and the practice of putting physical or chemical irritants, stacked shoes or spikes on or in a horse’s legs or hooves to encourage an artificial high-stepping gait, began.

By the 1970s, the cruelty it inflicted on the horses was recognized and laws were put in place to eliminate it. But, soring has persisted despite laws banning and the general condemnation of the public who understand the pain and cruelty involved. A great part of the problem with the laws that did exist was that they were left to be enforced by those within the industry. This has proved ineffective.

The public became more aware of the problem with the sharing of online video and photos showing horses in extreme pain, and who endured horrific ‘training’ practices that were made to perform. As a result, some sources report that attendance of both fans and competitors at big lick competitions is waning. Tennessee Walking Horse fans are starting their own groups that have nothing to do with producing a horse with such an unnatural action. Yet other defend the practice and claim that attendance numbers are stable and claim no harm is being done. Others want the competitions simply eliminated.

There’s no question, as there is in anti-slaughter legislation, of whether the leaders in the horse industry in general would like to see the practice of soring come to an end. It is supported by “The American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 states.”1

U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST Act is supported by over 75% of the representatives in congress. The act would close the loopholes that allowed the industry to police itself. The current act to be proposed would not only make soring of any type illegal, it will also ensure that competition inspectors be replaced by USDA certified inspectors.

A number of acts, including PAST, SAFE and the Horse Racing Integrity Act which would affect doping have been stalled, but with the recent changes in the senate it is hoped that with so much support from senate representatives, that they will be brought to vote and enacted.



--
1Animal Wellness Action: U.S. Reps. Schrader, Yoho, Cohen, and Estes Introduce “U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST Act, Press Release 22-Jan-2019
Horse News More PB Articles About:  Soring,
Horse News More In This Category:  Horse Rescue and Abuse      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 Related Horse News
When does the show ring go too far
26th Jan 2010   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   mosquito
Going to a horse show or an event is great. Beautiful horses, smartly dressed riders, all ready to perform their best. But sometimes getting horses to look and do their best isn’t as great as it seems. ...
New Efforts Make Soring A Felony
30th May 2015   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
It baffles me that the issue of soring has lasted so long. What is soring? It is the use of caustic chemicals used to irritate the skin on a horse’s legs, the insertion of sharp objects into sensitive parts of the horse’s hooves, ...
The Inhumane Practice of Soring Continues
16th May 2014   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Despite laws, despite inspections, despite the extreme ire of horse lovers the world over, the practice of soring continues. Soring is the practice of using a chemical or device to make a horse’s hooves and pasterns sensitive in a ...
Tennessee Walker Soring PAST Act
5th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Another bill in front of the current congress is commonly known as the PAST Act or Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693. Although that is how it appeared when first presented, it has now been renamed in honor of Joseph ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Saferaphus
When Your Horse Can't
18th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Any time you see your horse can’t do something it normally does with ease it’s time to call the veterinarian. Here’s what it could mean if your horse can’t... ...
Long Distance Horse Ownership
16th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
My horse always been an easy keeper, but over the last year I’ve noticed that she’s a little leaner than usual. Every winter, with less work to do and full access to a round bale, she’s usually on the plump side. But, the last two ...
Horse Praise and Rewards
14th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
When it comes to horse training, timing is incredibly important and whether your reinforcement is positive or negative, it needs to be done with split second accuracy. Praise in itself doesn’t mean anything to a horse. Your parent ...
Horse Bling History
12th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Last summer, near a seaside resort in Bulgaria, archaeologists found a burial mound that contained 40 pieces of harness decoration. They are estimated to have been buried there in 333-250 BC. The pieces included round motifs simil ...
Where Horses Should Not Be
9th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Horses look beautiful in pastures and they’re easy to admire as they lean over a stall door to greet us. We admire them as they work in farm fields or clearing brush, stand sedately on streets to control crowds or in the show ring ...
Barn Ice Management Solutions
6th Mar 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
This has turned into one of the iciest winters I’ve seen in a long time. Many horse owners are worried about the safety of their paddocks for people and horses. There have been quite a few news stories of horses rescued from icy p ...
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act
28th Feb 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
As of January 30th, an act to prevent horses from being sold for slaughter and human consumption has been re-introduced by U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Vern Buchanan. ...
Wild Horses of South America
25th Feb 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
When it comes to wild horses, most of us picture the feral herds roaming the North American midwest. But, they aren’t the only wild or feral herds surviving on the Western Hemisphere. South America too, has free-roaming herds of h ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2019   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
484 Members Online 243,798 Registered Members 2,541 News Articles 10,636,993 Unique News Article Views 239,993,027 Website Views