MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. House members have passed a bill expanding horse soring regulations at Tennessee Walking Horse shows.
Rep. Steve Cohen said Thursday the House voted 333- 96 in favor of passing the U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
Soring occurs when a horse’s legs are intentionally injured to make the animal have a higher gait. It often includes the use of caustic chemicals and chains, or objects shoved between the hoof and stacked shoes.
In a statement, Cohen said the practice is “beyond reprehensible.”
The bill establishes a new system for inspecting horses and increases penalties for violations.