Ending Soring: A Little Closer to Victory

There have been several victories this year in the fight against soring. Remember The Tennessean’s relentless coverage of the problem; the Humane Society’s videotape that made the airwaves and its famous billboard close to the Celebration grounds promising rewards for tips … Continue reading

Soring: USDA Tightening Up on Inspections and Citations

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors went to the Shelbyville Walking Horse Celebration this year to examine horses for soring damage. They checked for signs of chemical burning of the legs and scars from previous soring;  x-rayed hooves to make sure trainers hadn’t … Continue reading

Soring: Humane Society Hits a Couple of Homers

In an effort to bring soring into the light, the HSUS has stepped up its fight to stop this brutal practice. By “into the light,” I mean informing people that this awful practice really happens, and they should talk about it and … Continue reading

Soring: Where are We Now?

Look at this picture of a walking horse struggling to retain his balance from the grotesque position he’s been forced to assume. He looks as if he’s going to spill over backwards, injuring himself and the rider. And this has happened. … Continue reading