Federal law requires all Tennessee walking horses and Racking Horses entered in exhibitions, shows, auctions or sales be inspected for soring prior to entering the ring. Major would have been better able to fight his ailments if he hadn't been forced to endure the torture of soring during his career as a big lick horse. Watch The HSUS's undercover video. Other methods of soring include pressure shoes, where the hoof is trimmed to the quick so that the sole is in direct contact with the pad or shoe. The treated area is then often wrapped in plastic while the chemicals are absorbed. During the late s and early s, when Tennessee Walking Horses enjoyed a surge of widespread popularity with the general public, exaggerated front leg action, especially at the running walk, drew spectators to horse shows and helped increase the popularity of the breed. If they found him lying in his stall to get some relief from his sore feet, they would have beaten him to force him to stand again.
He was required by the court to write a letter about the soring of horses, the pain it causes, the long-term effects, and its widespread use. All of these organizations promote the sound Tennessee Walking Horse. Too short a time frame, no mention of thy weight of the steel used on the shoe which varies from regular steel to tungsten in the industry , farrier work to the natural hoof that you see in the industry, and no show ring level workouts. Thanks for reading and commenting. An investigation by ABC News into the training methods of Tennessee Walking Horses revealed that many horses had been tortured and beaten to make them produce their signature high-stepping gait.
The hackamore can be used in a very abusive manner causing injury to the nose and jaw. Who wants their barn burned down? Another technique is to add a welded bead of metal to the under side of the shoe so that it digs into the hoof at each step. Other breeds that have a history of soring abuses include the Racking Horse and the Spotted Saddle Horse.
Leave a Comment comments. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Another organization, the Tennessee Walking Horse Heritage Society, is a group dedicated to the preservation of the original Tennessee Walker bloodlines, mainly for use as trail and pleasure horses, rather than for showing. Others use topical anesthetics, which are timed to wear off before the horse goes into the show ring. The stories were as disturbing as the actual soring. Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse.