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Horse Protection Act

The Horse Protection Act is a federal law that prohibits sored horses from participating in shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions. The Horse Protection Act also prohibits drivers from transporting sored horses to or from any of these events.

 

Soring is a cruel and abusive practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait. It is accomplished by irritating or blistering a horse’s forelegs with chemical irritants (such as mustard oil) or mechanical devices. 

 

Walking horses are known for possessing a naturally high gait, but in order to be more successful in competitions their natural gait will often be exaggerated. The exaggerated gait can be achieved through proper training and a considerable time commitment, but some horse exhibitors, owners and trainers use improper and inhumane training methods to shortcut the process.

 



Horse Protection Act Contact Information

If you have any questions about the USDA Horse Protection Program, please contact:

USDA-APHIS-Animal Care
4700 River Road, Suite 6D03
Riverdale, MD 20737
(301)851-3751
hp@aphis.usda.gov



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