The following are links to websites that contain factual information about soring. Please know that I am only including information that is based in facts, not hearsay or gossip. I either know the owners of these websites or I personally endorse the information.
The above link is my blog that I update each time more information about the fight against soring comes my way. Please be sure to visit the blog often for important information and to continue learning how we can end this practice.
Article by the President of the Humane Society of the United States. Concerns the violations at the September 2007 TWH National Celebration.
USDA to Industry: "Step Up or We Will," The Voice magazine, March 2006. This article is the transcript of a listening session hosted by the USDA on February 8, 2006. The listening session explained the scar rule, the meaning of soring, and why it is continuing. The listening session was lead by Dr. Todd Behre, and his presentation detailed real facts and information that proved that soring is still the primary method for training TWHs. Dr. Behre's parting statement: "You [the TWH industry] are at a crossroads and you can either step up and do your job or you can put us in a position where we have to do it for you. And if we're forced to do it we will do it and we will not be very compassionate. It's our job to enforce the regulations. Once it gets to be federal, it's a completely different game."
The USDA APHIS Horse Protection Website. Includes all recent and updated information about the work the USDA is doing to end soring. Some items have been removed over time. If you would like to receive information such as the USDA Listening Session Presentation, The Q&A Sessions following the Listening SEssion Presentation--contact the USDA Horse Protection Coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-734-5784.
USDA Animal Care Annual Report of Activities, Fiscal Year 2007. See page 26 for the chapter concerning important details regarding the HPA and the USDA's findings. Note there are several links to HPA webpages throughout the chapter.
American Horse Defense Fund, Inc. While the AHDF is working to end all forms of horse abuse, they do have an entire section on soring and pressure shoeing that has some great statistics and facts.
HPA Data List The USDA now publicly publishes the HPA violations and suspensions. FOSH has developed a data website listing all ticketed HPA violators, past and present, throughout the time the HPA has been in effect.
USDA Animal Care Website Includes the Horse Protection Act and the Horse Protection Enforcement information.
USDA Animal Care Newsroom The USDA's news releases, program announcements and media advisories. In the blue box to the right, click "APHIS Releases" to view the latest information concerning the HPA.
The Sore Tennessee Walking Horse Includes information on the current use of thermography to detect soring and some excellent photographs.
Soring of Gaited Horses An article compiled by Rhonda Hart Poe.
The Sound Horse Conference. This website has all of the information from their conferences posted under the "Previous Conferences" pages. There is a lot of factual information, presentations, videos, and audios to peruse, so take your time and you'll find tons of excellent and well-researched information.
1986 CNN Special Assignment Report Posted courtesy of Walkin On Ranch. Although made over 20 years ago, this video is vital to the fight against soring because it shows actual evidence of horses being sored. These activities are still going on--the fight is just as strong today as it was over 20 years ago.
Books and Articles
Full Coverage of the TWHBEA Semi-Annual Meeting, Saturday May 26, 2007; Attempts to Overthrow TWHBEA HIO Sanctioned Plan Failed. A huge debate at the semi-annual meeting had exhibitors, owners, trainers, etc. up in arms over the new TWHBEA HIO plan. From the text: "The semi-annual meeting of the International Board of Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association proved to be contentious as the split between industry factions widened."
From the Horse's Mouth by Eugene Davis, Rhoman Books, 2002. This book will put no doubt in your mind that soring does exist and it is a serious problem. Written from the horses' points of view, the book covers real events that have happened to the author and trusted friends of the author. All of the stories are true--the names have been changed to protect the innocent so the guilty do not threaten them. From the back cover: "This story exposes the awful truth behind the multi-million dollar Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Through the lives of two innocent horses we discover the painful fate of many...Equine nobility, innocense, and truth, grapple with human cruelty, greed, and duplicity. It is an epic battle that continues after the final pages are turned, entrusting the reader with the knowledge of blatant atrocities which cannot be ignored." This book is available from most online bookstores.
Why Soring Persists, Equus magazine, November 2005 This article was featured as a Special Report in the November 2005 issue of Equus magazine. The article is extremely important because it is written by a woman who didn't know anything about soring before she started research for this article, and she witnessed true evidence that soring still persists during her research. Please note: this is a link posted per my request to Equus to transcribe their article. Unfortunately due to copyright laws I can't transcribe the article myself, but I thank all of the staff at Equus for taking my request to heart and providing it on an international source for everyone to be able to read!
A Sore Issue: The Debate on Soring, Horse Illustrated magazine, July 2004 This article is well written because it gives equal time to both sides of the soring debate. Due to copyright laws I cannot transcribe the article here, but I recommend taking time to request a copy of the article from Horse Illustrated online.
Into the Hurricane, The Gaited Horse Magazine, as reprinted in the NWHA National News, February/March 2006 This article is an interview with Don Bell, the former Directior of Operations and one of the founders of NWHA. He explains what the motivation behind soring is, having formerly sored horses himself. This is a great example for someone who has reformed and is working to pass along the message that soring is still the prevalent form of training Big Lick TWHs.
Lite Shod/Flat Shod Example, Holly Goldstein and S.G. Mystic Gold Allen, trained and ridden sound by owner. Personal Photograph by Andrea Ohnstad. November 2003.
Plantation Example, Dr. Pamela Reband and Miss Diamond Broker, trained sound by H.T. Derickson. Personal Photograph by David Pruett. Date unknown.
Performance Example. Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. 2005. Web address no longer available.
Midnight Sun. Online Image. Date unknown. Used with permission from Bansidhe Graphics. http://www.bansidhegraphics.com
Preparation of a horse for the show ring. Provided to me by Dr. Todd Behre, DVM, USDA. Also available as an Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. Web address no longer available.
Horse not in correct gait. Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. Wed address no longer available.
Applying chains to the horse's pasterns. Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. Web address no longer available.
Note the green on the horse's pasterns. Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. Web address no longer available.
Green pasterns and two legs in the air. Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. Web address no longer available.
Horse appears to be standing "on a quarter." Online Image. 2002. Show Abuses. Public domain images website. Web address no longer available.