Soring Violations Continue to Plague the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry

FOSH published HPA suspensions on it's website

April 8, 2008–Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) recently began publishing Horse Protection Act suspensions on its website, and from Aug. 1, 2007, through Feb. 28, 2008, 530 suspensions were already reported on the site.

Soring is the deliberate infliction of pain on a horse’s front legs, via chemical or mechanical means, to make it painful to bear weight. The inhumane practice is illegal under the federal law known as the Horse Protection Act (HPA).

Violations that resulted in the suspensions include soring, scarring, pressure shoeing, and the use of foreign substances on horses’ legs.

The USDA is the government agency responsible for enforcing the HPA, which prohibits the showing, sale, auction, exhibition, or transport of sored horses.

FOSH was critical of the high rate of violations citing, “the number of soring incidents is excessive despite Walking Horse officials who claim that compliance has substantially improved.” The Tennessee Walking Horse industry continues to have more HPA suspensions than any other breed group.

FOSH has long fought against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, as well as other gaited breeds. 

For more information about FOSH and to see the HPA suspensions, visit


  1. I can’t believe this is still going on – it seems that the judges at shows would be the first to indict offenders!! As if it would be that hard to spot unrealistically high-stepping horses! How can it be that these owners/trainers still get rewarded for mistreating their horses?? How about looking for realistic gaits, instead…?

  2. I don’t care if it is an “efficient” training style or whatever or whatever type of horse it is- putting a horse in pain on purpose is abuse (no duh) Very glad someone is taking a stand about this.


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