Animal Welfare: Equids

This page provides access to a variety of resources that can help you make a positive difference in the lives of horses.

Featured Topic: Soring

When someone deliberately causes pain to exaggerate leg motion in a horse's gait, it's called soring. Soring is most commonly practiced on Tennessee Walking Horses, but some other gaited​ breeds are affected as well. In July 2015, AVMA and AAEP submitted a petition to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the federal agency to consider regulatory changes to the Horse Protection Act (HPA). Specifically, the AVMA called on the department to make regulatory changes that would prohibit the use of performance packages and action devices, abolish the horse show industry’s failed self-policing system, and create a new structure where federal officials are responsible for enforcement of the HPA. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1121/H.R. 3268), for which the AVMA and AAEP are actively pursuing passage, includes many of these same provisions. By pushing forward with a multi-pronged approach, the AVMA hopes that we will be able to achieve necessary change to protect our Nation's Walking Horses.

You can find more detailed information about this equine welfare issue, and the AVMA's and the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) collaborative efforts to end it once and for all, by visiting our webpage on soring. You can personally take action by contacting your representatives in Congress and asking them to support the federal Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.



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