The US House of Representatives has passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act which prevents soring, a technique which is used to coach the horses in order to perform or move a specific way.
Drew Edmondson, former Attorney General of Oklahoma and co-chair of the National Law Enforcement Alliance of Animal Wellness Action, has continued to be a critic of the soring technique since long, along with several other local breeders and trainers.
The use of a caustic substance above a horse’s hooves, around its heels, causes the horse to remain sore, said Susan Morey.
The soring process includes placing the chemicals such as mustard oil or diesel fuel around the hood of a horse. A trainer could also put a lot off pads on horse’s hoof, which is most often seen with popular Tennessee walkers.
It is a very cruel technique to train horses, said Edmondson.
Soring remains to be illegal since the year 1970 so then why is PAST needed? According to Edmondson, having laws printed on books isn’t enough until they are not being enforced. The industry out there is presently self-regulated and if the act becomes a law, it’ll help offer enforcement for what has stood against law since more than 50 years, he added.