Bill to End Horse “Soring” Draws Lobbying, War of Words
As it turns out, some Tennessee walking horses don’t come by their high-stepping naturally or with the usual kind of training. Sometimes, it’s the result of kerosene, mustard oil and other irritants, as well as heavy boots, chains and collars, applied to the horses’ hooves and lower legs.
A bill to end the practice known as “soring,” decried as cruel and inhumane by animal rights groups, has incited a lobbying battle and contentious war of words between groups on both sides of the issues. OpenSecrets.org analyzes the money behind the House Prevent All Soring Tactics, or PAST Act.