Marjorie Hass

Hartshorne

Horse soring is when humans intentionally injure horses' hooves or legs to make them step higher, creating an exaggerated gait known as the "big lick." It is mainly practiced on Tennessee walking horses and similar breeds with naturally lofty gaits in order to win judges' favor at competitions. Alabama's state horse, the racking horse, also is a common victim of soring.

This cruelty is done by driving nails into their hooves, pouring caustic chemicals such as lye and acid on their legs and feet. Forcing them to wear large, stacked shoes and ankle chains for years on end causes irreparable damage to their bones, joints and ligaments.

Some caring legislators introduced the PAST Act (prevent all soring tactics) which would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing and use of these cruel devices and establish felony penalties for this cruel practice.

I am so disappointed that my representative, Markwayne Mullin, voted NO on this bill to prevent the cruelty of horse soring. What kind of person would condone this needless cruelty? What kind of mind would want this to continue? Thankfully, there were enough humane, sane representatives to pass this legislation out of the House. I am just disappointed that my representative voted no and you should be, too. Remember this at the polls.

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