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.