Horses on the Hill: Advocates push equine welfare in D.C.
By: Amy Worden
Equine advocates are working two fronts on Capitol Hill this week to protect America’s horses.Outside the Capitol supporters of humane treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses will rally for legislation, while inside lobbyists will be working the halls to prevent the inclusion of funding for horse slaughter in the budget bill.
At 1 p.m. today members of the American Walking Horse Alliance and supporters will gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool – with horses in tow – to call for an end to abusive practices in the show ring. The focus of the “Walk on Washington” is passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.
“Soring” is the practice of using chemicals and devices to make Tennessee Walking Horses step higher in the show ring.
While the use of chemicals is illegal, it is still legal to attach heavy pads to horses shoes and use chains on their feet in the quest for the perfect “Big Lick” – the gait shown in the image above.