It’s time to put an end to soring and protect America’s horses. Soring is an abusive practice where horse trainers deliberately apply harsh chemicals to the horse’s legs and hooves.

The pain they endure causes them to lift their front legs unnaturally high, performing an artificial, high-stepping gait known as the “big lick.”

Soring methods include applying caustic chemicals using plastic wrap and tight bandages to “cook” those chemicals deep into the horse’s flesh for days. The horse trainers then attach chains to strike against the sore legs, inserting hard objects sucha as screws and resins into tender areas of the hooves causing the horse severe pain so the horse keeps its hooves high because once the horse steps down it causes him severe pain. This is what some horse trainers do as in the “Tennessee Walking Horses.” Sored horses odten live in constant and extreme pain throughout their show ring careers. Soring has cripping physical and mental effects on horses.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, will end this abusive training method once and for all. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Associaiton, the American Quarter Horse Association and more than 600 other horse industry groups and individuals endorse “The PAST Act.”

I sincerely thank Senator Sherrod Brown for co-sponsoring S. 1406. Senator Rob Portman hopefully will join Senator Brown and the 363 other members of Congress who are co-sponsoirng the PAST Act to protect horses from this cruelty inflicted on them for the sake of entertainment.

I am calling on Ohio voters to contact Senator Portman at 202-224-3353 to urge him to co-sponsor S. 1406 and end this abusive training method once and for all.

Nancy Luebrecht

Fort Jennings