Condemning an Unethical Act: Soring in Horses

An exhibitor and her Tennessee Walking Horse perform during a competition. Photo Courtesy of USDA APHIS

Soring is deliberately inflicting pain to exaggerate the leg motion of gaited horses to gain an unfair advantage in the show ring. It is unethical and illegal.  Unfortunately, soring is also common in the training of some breeds, such as the Tennessee Walking Horse. This is truly unfortunate because the Tennessee Walking Horse is known for its easy-going attitude and smooth-riding gait.  The natural gaits of horses should be enjoyed and celebrated on their own merits, not turned into caricatures.  The AVMA is committed to helping the USDA end the soring of horses.  Learn more about it, and find out what you can do to help stop it from happening.

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