Walking horse group successful with flat-shod rules

For any nay sayers who thought the Tennessee Walking Horse as a breed would be destroyed if they were not allowed to torture their feet – you are wrong! Shows that display the wonderful natural gait of the Tennessee Walking horse without soring are doing quite well. Now, lets get the PAST Act approved and do away with horse soring once and for all. ~ HfH

From: The Tennessean
By: Holly Meyer


When legislation to toughen federal protections against horse soring gained momentum last year, opponents said the proposed rule changes would decimate their walking horse show industry.

But a Murfreesboro-based walking horse group says it has found a way to thrive regardless of what becomes of those stiffer rules.

Dee Dee Miller, president of the Walking Horse Owners Association, said entries for its sanctioned shows across the country nearly doubled from 2012 to 2014. The number of shows were up, too.

“The popularity is just growing by leaps and bounds,” Miller said. “We just create a good time and a good place where everybody feels welcome and equally and fairly treated.”

But spectators at WHOA shows won’t see horses wearing the special shoes and metal chains that are a common sight in padded performance show rings. They’re not allowed.

Only flat-shod horses — those without materials between the hoof and shoe — are welcome to compete, Miller said. The proposed Prevent All Soring Tactics Act included a universal show ban of the pads and action devices that are used to artificially enhance the gait of a horse.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    I remember doing research and writing about soring for a story about Ventura at the Habitat. Might I say that he is the most gorgeous Tennesee Walker out there?

    July 21, 2015
  • Callie

    This is great news!!! Great for these gorgeous and very gentle Horses.

    July 22, 2015