Help Stop Horse Soring
  • Petitioned Ron Thomas

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Executive Director, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association
Ron Thomas
Walking Horse Trainers Association, Inc.
Marketing & Program Coordinator, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association
Kristen Stegall
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Publisher, Walking Horse Report
Jeffrey Howard

Help Stop Horse Soring

    1. Jules Horowitz
    2. Petition by

      Jules Horowitz

      Brooklyn, NY

"Soring" is an abusive and prohibited practice that involves using chemicals on the pasterns, bulbs of the heel, or coronary band of the horses, causing burning or blistering on the horses' legs in order to accentuate their gaits. It is an extremely cruel practice that no living being should have to endure. Since the "soring" scandal was uncovered at the Tennessee Walking Horse show, the Walking Horse Trainers Association announced they would punish any trainer found "soring" their animals with a two-week suspension and by posting the trainer's name on their website--a minimal punishment at best. Surely, this will not seriously deter any corrupt trainer from hurting their animals. Heart of a Horse is petitioning that the Walking Horse Trainers Association increase the punishment for abusing a horse (including "soring") to a permanent suspension.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. BREAKING NEWS: Tennessee Walking Horse Show Changes Horse Abuse Policy

      Jules Horowitz
      Petition Organizer

      With the upcoming show in Shelbyville, the Tennessee Walking Horse Show has finally taken more steps to prevent horse soring in their industry. In addition to a physical inspection by the USDA inspectors to look for signs of abuse, each horse entered in the Celebration will be swabbed for chemicals that harm the horse or mask soring.

      On Monday, the show’s board of directors announced in a news release that for the first time, it will make the results of those chemical tests public and it will result in trainers immediately losing their trophies and prize money if caught abusing horses.

      The show’s board of directors has also announced that they will pay for expedited results in case the chemical testing is delayed so that they they will be available during the event (what begins tomorrow and runs through September 1).

      Although there is much more to do to fully eliminate horse soring in the industry, this is a considerable first step.

    3. Over 500 signatures!

      Jules Horowitz
      Petition Organizer

      We are making incredible headway here, with over 500 signatures in just one week! The organizations involved in the walking horse industry, however, are still desperate to sweep this issue under the rug. Because of this, we have raised our goal to 1,000 signatures. A huge thank you to those who have already signed the petition. Please pass this along to anyone who wishes to protect the well-being of horses.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Over 320 signatures!

      Jules Horowitz
      Petition Organizer

      A huge thank you to everyone who as already signed the petition--we already have over 320 signatures! And the Walking Horse Trainer's Association has received every one your signatures, but still has not responded to the petition. So, we are making our new goal 500 signatures--again, the more people that sign, the more likely the Walking Horse Trainer's Association will respond since they will see just how many people are concerned with their (or rather, lack there of) horse soring policy. So please share (if you haven't already!!). Thank you all for supporting and loving horses.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Hannah Souders EASTON, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is disgusting and straight out inhumane

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    • Abi walker HULL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Been a horse owner since 4 years old

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    • Karrina Johnston MUDGEERABA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Horses are gods creatures not mans slaves!

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    • April Zendarski FRANKLINVILLE, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I love horses. This may not be something that is done in my area, but it affects horses in other parts of the world. My girl scout troop and I even devoted our Gold Award project to help end soring. I hope that someday soon soring will be stopped.

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    • Amy Blythe YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      this is disgusting!!

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