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What is ‘Horse Tripping’ And Why Should We Ban It?

YouTube seems to be the most effective medium for getting attention for major issues this season: after ABC aired footage from Celebration, a storm of videos from YouTube depicting inhumane behavior towards horses have gone viral and brought more attention to major injustices in the horse world. One of these injustices is ‘horse tripping’. Check this video to learn more:

Most recently, it has been argued whether or not the sport should be removed from rodeo shows in Oregon. Already having been pulled from rodeos inĀ Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas, it has been argued that the practice should not be used for entertainment. Its roots originate from a need to quickly capture and contain animals that were not fully tamed yet. In ranch work, an emphasis on humane practice and due diligence is encouraged, but many argue the sport in the show ring is often not humanely pursued: horses sometimes fall directly on their faces and snouts.

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UPDATE: The Walking Horse Trainer’s Association’s New Inspection

Dr. Clem Dussault of the Office of Inspector General and veterinarian Angie Lingl investigate for evidence of soring on this Walking horse. Image courtesy of Knox News.

In the wake of the scandal caused by chemical soring at Walking Horse competitions, The Walking Horse Trainer’s Association has claimed they are introducing a “new” test to see if horses have been sored with caustic chemicals. This new test, it is alleged, is not all that different from tests performed by USDA representatives at shows currently. There has been some speculation whether these new tests will actually have an effect on abusers of these horses, or if they are merely a placation. It is alleged that those found abusing Walking horses with soring will have fairly lenient punishment:

“The trainers group said the horses will be tested for caustic and masking agents through special technology. Trainers refusing to submit to the testing will not be allowed to compete in that show and will have their license suspended for two weeks.” The Republic

In addition, those found abusing these horses will have their names publicly listed online as animal abusers. In addition to these new tests, the Humane Society of the United States is now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for the names of those suspected to be horse abusers. Whether these new threats will deter the abusive practice of soring in the Walking horse world, is yet to be seen.

The trainer pictured, Jeff Green of Shelbyville, has over 6 suspensions for soring horses. Image courtesy of the Tennessean.

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Walking Horse National Celebration Scandal Rages On

You may have heard a while back about Pepsi pulling its sponsorship after controversial footage about the Walking Horse National Celebration was aired. If not, take a quick peek at the Humane Society video most of the clips were gathered from below:


After ABC aired the controversial footage, Pepsi pulled its sponsorship from the event entirely and stricter penalties were put in place to prevent further abuse of these horses. The method referred to as ‘soring’ causes these horses to step higher due to stifling pain, resulting in a more ‘fancy’ high-stepping gait. It it important to note, however, that not all Tennessee Walking Horses are trained with this method. Thus far four Tennessee Walking Horse handlers have pleaded guilty to horse abuse, and it is expected that this number may steadily rise.

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