U.S. Navy Veteran Rides Into Legislative Battle On Two Tennessee Walking Horses

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Although the vast majority of Americans are against horse slaughter and horse abuse, most are still unaware of the importance of two pending laws that will go far to protect our horses – the SAFE Act and the PAST Act. As long as this is done in a humane way, we can hope that this noble veteran’s cause will be picked up by the national news. Another way to bring light to the PAST Act is to sign the following petition by the World Walking Horse Assoc.:
Recognize that sponsorship and passage of the PAST Act, an amendment to the Horse Protection Act, will help to create value in the Tennessee Walking Horse and economic advantages to its industry. ~ HfH

From: Digital Journal

anti soringU.S. Navy veteran embarks on a 1,150 mile journey on horseback to draw attention to 2 pieces of important horse welfare legislation, which are currently languishing in committee.

April 7, 2014 /MM-prReach/ —
A 60 year old, retired U.S. Navy veteran is about to chart an entirely new course when she enters the choppy waters of US Government legislation.

Later this month, Robynne Catheron from upstate New York will ride on horseback from Ohio to Delaware to raise awareness of the apathy of US legislators towards the S.A.F.E. Act (S541/HR1094, Safeguard American Food Export).

The act will not only protect American horses from slaughter, it will prevent their transportation to Canada and Mexico for slaughter and stop the possibility of drug-tainted equine meat being shipped overseas for human consumption. However, currently only 167 out of 435 Representatives and 27 out of 100 Senators have signed to support the legislation, which has been sitting in committee for over a year.

Also in Robynne’s sights is the P.A.S.T. Act (S1406/HR1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics), which aims to increase the level of monitoring of the illegal practice of ‘soring’, which is associated in part with the production of the ‘big lick’ movement in Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring refers to the application of blistering agents, burns, lacerations, sharp objects, or other substances or devices to a horse’s limbs to produce a higher gait by making it painful for the horse to step down.

Robynne’s transport and companions on this 3-month long ‘Ride For Their Lives’ journey will be two Tennessee Walking Horses, George and Sampson.

Sampson is the poster boy for the ride having previously been a sored ‘big lick’ performance horse, who was dropped off at auction and headed for slaughter when his current owner, Mischelle Kolpien, rescued him at the last moment. She rehabilitated and retrained Sampson as a trail horse and is loaning him to Robynne for the ride after seeing her appeal on Facebook for a second horse.

Together the 3 of them will cover over 1,150 miles on their journey across four states. Robynne’s goal is to talk with every single person she meets along the way and encourage them to contact their legislators to insist they co-sponsor these bills.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Penny Zielstorf

    Please share with us in what area are the are these 268 representatives and 73 senators located which have not signed we need to reach out to Americans in these areas and have them voice their wants to these representatives and senators. Please put a list together and share it with us.

    April 8, 2014
  • Mary Hooker

    If you would read the whole bill it effects ALL breeds of horses not just the TWH. If this bill passes then the TRAIL horses that have made the ride would not be allowed to have shoes put on by a farrier, only if it is considered therapeutic. Also ALL breeds could not vet their own animals any more, they would have to go to the vet every time they needed a vaccine, which most people do on there on. I TOO deplore animal cruelty of any kind. HSUS is diligently working to control all aspects of pet and livestock industry. In fact Keith Dane has commented that he would not care if we eradicated all domestic animals from USA. The TWH industry is compliant with checking procedures outlined by the USDA by 97+% how many other areas under government inspection complies with that high a percentage? NONE Not even the food industry that serves the whole population.

    April 9, 2014
    • Posted by Habitat for Horses

      When did Keith Dane make that comment? Please provide sources.

      April 9, 2014
    • jfinch

      Keith Dane DID NOT say any such statement. Many of us Know Keith personally. You have made a strong accusation. Prove it. I’ve sent your statement to Keith and written you via email to back up what you have said.

      April 9, 2014