Close loopholes over soring suspensions, says HSUS

Owners of Tennessee walking horses who are suspended for soring have the ability to sidestep the law by transferring the ownership of their horses to others so the animals can continue to compete, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The charity is urging the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to close what it describes as loopholes in penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act.

The HSUS asserted some owners were using the strategy “on the rare occasions” when they were accused of soring – the illegal use of chemical or mechanical irritants to encourage the higher gait known as the Big Lick.

The society wants the USDA to prohibit owners who are suspended (and who sign a consent agreement instead of challenging the violation) from transferring ownership of their horses to someone else for the duration of the suspension.

It says it has uncovered several examples of owners employing this tactic.

In one case, it alleges one owner transferred 10 horses to her husband in circumstances that would allow the horses to continue to be shown, thwarting the intent of the penalty.


One thought on “Close loopholes over soring suspensions, says HSUS

  • August 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Every time you make a or broaden a law, it cost money. As usual the HSUS is jumping in to make something else illegal, even though it seldom happens. It does not happen, because the overwhelming number of people who are involved in TWH, do not abuse horses. The HSUS does not care, because it is not their money. It does not matter to them, that spending money on something that really does not happen might take benefits away from military veterans or some other more important function of government. All that matter to the HSUS, is getting publicity so people will donate to the HSUS and not local shelters that really take care of animals.


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