Stop Burning Horses’ Legs to Improve Their Gait

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Target: Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary

Goal: Close loopholes to end cruel practice of soring, and require inspectors to be independent veterinarians.

In the show horse industry, people will apply tremendous, painful pressure or burn horses’ legs in order to enhance their gait. Tennessee walking horses are the breed most affected by this practice, as they have a distinctive gait that is sometimes cruelly exaggerated, producing what is known as the “Big Lick.” The cruel practice, known as soring, is illegal; however organizations have been easily finding loopholes for years.

Typically, mustard oil, kerosene, or diesel fuel are used when burning horses’ legs for soring. The process is obviously painful and traumatizing. Under the Horse Protection Act, horses that have been sored are not allowed at shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions. However, due to inner industry connections, organizations are easily able to work around this law and continue the cruelty.

Sign this petition and demand the USDA enforce stronger protections for horses. Soring is unusually cruel and unnecessary. It is time for soring to be a thing of the past.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Vilsack,

Soring is a common process in the show horse industry that puts extreme, painful pressure or burns Tennessee walking horses’ legs to enhance their gait. The practice is illegal under the Horse Protection Act; however due to inner industry connections, organizations have been easily working around this law to continue the cruel practice.

The main problem is that many inspectors work in the industry. They often turn a blind eye when they see horses that have been sored at shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions. If the USDA trained its own inspectors and had them be independent veterinarians or animal health technicians, the problem would drop significantly.

Please consider increasing protection for Tennessee walking horses. Soring is completely unnecessary and unusually cruel.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jean

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77 Comments

  1. As nasty as this sounds, I believe the ONLY way to get through to some a-hole animal abusers is to do exactly what they do to the animals, to them. Let those people know what pain they inflict on other creatures. Sometimes it’s the only way to get a point across – patience and understanding only makes people look for “loopholes”.
    I say hit them everywhere it hurts.

  2. Vilsack PLEASE STOP THESE ABUSERS.

  3. it seems there is no end or extremes to the cruelty that people can come up with, still it surprises how somebody can up with such twisted cruel ideas. are there so many sadist among us?

  4. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Sadistic, Barbaric and Demonic behavior!!! Luke 6:31 ~ Do to others as you would have them do to you.
    God created all the animals (Psalm 104). All animals belong to God (Psalm 50:10). God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psa 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

  5. Sherry Portillo says:

    No one deliberately causing horses pain to win should be allowed in the horse industry and any wins they achieved should be stripped from the record books.

    • Dermot McCabe says:

      This treatment of animals is ,of course, barbaric but stopping it will not be achieved by praying for plagues on the perpetrator! Do you imagine that the God you refer to does not already know about animal abuse? That he needs your prayerful suggestions as to how to deal with it? Get up off your knees and lobby your politicians, join pressure groups,educate your children Jesus clearly does not give a damn.

      • Dermot McCabe.
        So true. If God cared there would be know atrocities of torture and suffering committed against all defenceless and innocent animals Worldwide or the human species.
        So praying as much as you want will make no difference.

    • They are stripped sometimes, but the prestige and honor that comes with winning is often bought, as it’s all about money. The rich do it to win for attention and title, and it makes the trainers look like they are so great, keeping business coming to them, whatever the cost. I never did this, as I ride for pleasure, trail riding, etc. But some flat shod trainers did it too. But some shows would ban plastic wrap on horses (used to keep ankles and padterns moist and from peeling, so it wasn’t 100% obvious) on grounds of you were there, which was great. Another practice was they would train and bear horses into standing completely still when they are being inspected.

  6. LAST INFANTILE AND GREED SCUM – NOT DESERVES TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES IN OUR ALL WORLD – ALL OF THESE CRIMINAL RABBLE IS BETTER DEATH and NOT DISTURB THE REST OF THE WORLD POPULATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH THEIR USELESS EXISTENCE, BASTARDBIRTH´!

    Stop & pursue this deformity – instantly!

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be caged for their whole lives! Or not?

    THE DEVIL SHOULD TAKE ALL RESPONSIBLE PERSONS AWAY – ONCE FOR ALL !

    ALL OF THAT INHUMANE MUD AND RESPONSIBLE NONPERSONS ARE ONLY SENSELESS FOR ALL OTHER TERRESTRIALS – FEED THEM TO ALLIGATORS !

  7. What else will these cruel animal torturing bastards commit to defenceless horses just for there thrill, and greed?
    Absolutely sickening and unforgivable.

  8. Barbara H. Vinson says:

    The attitude of sick humans towards animals never fails to amaze me. To mentalities of this sort, the horses are just THINGS and must walk the chalk in order to boost the trainers’ rotten egos. People who abuse animals in any way should NEVER be allowed to come near one.

  9. Stop It!

  10. This should be stopped. Why make such a horrible inhumane practice be ok. This is abuse at its worst. Start protecting animals and quit letting abusers get away with inhumane practices. These poor horses suffer dearly. Stop this abuse!

  11. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    P. O. S’s 😡 Signed @ Shared❗️😠

  12. The photo you sent in your email is NOT a Tennessee Walking Horse. SHAME ON YOU, FORCECHANGE. You need to issue a retraction and an apology for your attempt to slander another breed for this disgusting practice.

  13. Give me a room, a blistering iron, diesel fuel,cayenne pepper, anything heat producing, then strip the trainers clothes off, apply all procucts, wrap them in heat producing leg wraps, then make them carry some fat rider around and around a ring, take them back to their stall and let them throw themselves around in agony for hours while we gloat over their ribbons, and then see how many loopholes they come up with.

  14. ARE THESE PEOPLE ALL MAD AS WELL AS WICKED AND CRUEL. THEY ARE CLEARLY NOT CLEVER ENOUGH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CRUELTY AND PAIN THEY INFLICT, NOR DO THEY CARE. SHAME ON THESE IDIOTS, KARMA WILL ALWAYS PUNISH BAD THINGS, WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN IT OR NOT DOESNT MATTER.

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