The lives of many Tennessee walking horses are filled with fear and pain. Unscrupulous trainers intentionally inflict pain on a horse's legs and hooves to force the horse to perform an exaggerated, high-stepping gait known as the "Big Lick" that is rewarded in some show rings. They use a variety of gruesome techniques, including caustic chemicals that burn the horse's flesh, chains and heavy, stacked horseshoes to accomplish this artificial gait.
Some trainers even cut the hooves down to the delicate tissue and jam in hard or sharp objects to make the pain even more excruciating whenever the horse puts weight on his or her front legs.
No horse should be made to suffer for a blue ribbon—it is time that this cruelty, which is known as "soring," is stopped for good. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, S. 1007/H.R. 693, would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices integral to soring, strengthen penalties and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture.
Please make a brief, polite phone call now to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators to put an end to soring. Look up your legislators' phone numbers. You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor S. 1007/H.R. 693, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. If you're already cosponsoring the PAST Act, thank you for your support and please do all that you can to get it enacted quickly."
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