Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 11,844
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

It's a sad fact that for many horse trainers, torturous practices like soring are part of the job.

Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse's forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse's caustic chemical coated legs.

The barbaric practice has been condemned by government agencies as well as animal activists alike. And while the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been historically responsible for overseeing horse training operations at a federal level, and fining those found guilty of horse soring under the Horse Protection Act, recent decrees from the Trump Administration have severely restricted the Act's efficacy.

A strengthened Horse Protection Act was scheduled to be put into the Federal Register in January 2016, but a White House order on President Donald Trump's first day in office brought it and many other regulations back for review.

Through interviews with convicted horse abuser Barney Davis, the Humane Society has helped to expose the horrific popularity of soring among horse trainers. "Every trainer sores horses," said Davis, who pled guilty to violating the Horse Protection Act on several counts in 2016. "You have to, to get them to walk...you're not going to win if you don't sore [horses]." Davis not only recounted the gruesome truth about soring — bloody forelegs and horses wailing in pain — he also indicated that judges and inspectors at many horse exhibitions are paid to look the other way.

There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

Sign below and tell the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that the Horse Protection Act needs to be strengthened and enforced.

Sign Here






Dear USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service,

The people of the United States have spoken, and will not stand idly by while horses across the country are tortured through barbaric soring practices.

Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse's forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse's caustic chemical coated legs.

With the change in presidential administrations, the Horse Protection Act has lost a lot of its efficacy, and the USDA is no longer able to enforce safety in horse training.

There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement still has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

I implore you to finally make horse soring illegal by publishing the rules against its use in the Federal Register.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 20, 2018 Patricia Nielsen
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Melissa Callaghan
May 19, 2018 pam f The year is 2018.....this abuse is unconscionable we are not in the dark ages and abuse of horses or any other animal should not be tolerated.
May 19, 2018 Leslie Slater
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 christine rochette
May 19, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 19, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 ursela rabe
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Kathy Fuller
May 18, 2018 Cecilia MacIntyre Please stop inhumane and cruel horse training practices.
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Jessica Haag
May 18, 2018 Cindy Miller
May 18, 2018 Kim Korellis
May 18, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Tiffany Challis
May 18, 2018 J Boeser
May 18, 2018 Julanne Nowak
May 18, 2018 Dennis Gaida
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2018 faye munro
May 17, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 17, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Tina Rhea End soring of horses in this country -- there is no excuse for this barbaric torture!
May 17, 2018 Aaron Grafton
May 16, 2018 Crumb Crumb
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 MICHELLE BARROS
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Ruth Sheffi
May 15, 2018 Sonya Barba
May 15, 2018 Nancy Daniel
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Vicky Tang
May 15, 2018 Cynthia Murphy
May 15, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 15, 2018 Dorothy Walker

back to top

Paws Aplenty Insulated Shopping Bag
Share this page and help fund food & care: