The practice of soring horses in order to exaggerate their gaits is cruel, inhumane, and illegal but inadequate enforcement and weak penalties for this practice have allowed it to continue. By enhancing inspection and penalties for engaging in this practice, this bill will protect horses from being subjected to an unnecessarily cruel practice.
While there was a point in history when Tennessee Walking Horses were subject to cruel soring practices for purely aesthetic purposes, that era in the breed’s history has passed. Today, there are stringent inspections that protect the horses and make this bill unnecessary. Additionally, were it to pass, this bill would likely have negative impacts on farriers’ livelihoods.