A dark cloud has been hanging over the horse community for decades, including in Florida. The problem is “soring,” an abusive practice in which trainers pursue the artificial “Big Lick” gait by burning horses’ legs with caustic chemicals, or wedging hard objects into the tender soles of their feet: torturing gentle horses for blue ribbons.
It’s illegal, and well-documented that these actions persist throughout the Tennessee walking show horse industry.
As a horse owner in the past and an animal advocate, I encourage U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to join Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Frederica Wilson in co-sponsoring the federal Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.
The PAST Act will end the corrupt industry self-policing system, ban the use of devices associated with soring, and strengthen penalties to more effectively crack down on this abuse. It’s even supported by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.
This common-sense, anti-crime bill is a no-brainer.
Leslie Sardinia, North Miami Beach