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November 13, 2013 5:44 PM

Congress scrutinizes show-horse industry practice of ‘soring’

Soring dates to the beginnings of the famed Tennessee walking horse tradition, whose horses are renowned for their exaggerated gait. The tactics include weighting a horse’s hooves or inserting nails and sharp objects into the tender parts of the foot. The high-step gait is often the horse’s pained response. There’s disagreement over how widespread the practice is today.

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