Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture enacted to prevent the practice of soring horses are being challenged in a federal appeals court.
The USDA finalized the uniform penalties regulations in 2012 which were met with a lawsuit from the horse industry organization, SHOW, Inc., and two horse show participants. In 2013, the district court ruled the USDA can impose minimum penalties for those who sore horses.
Appealing the decision are two of the case’s original plaintiffs, Contender Farms and Mike McGartland. They argue the USDA’s Rule exceeds the agency’s “statutory authority, violates constitutional principles, and was not enacted in accordance with the law.” The appellants are asking the court to declare the Rule invalid.
Soring is an illegal and inhumane practice used by some in the TWH industry. Soring causes the horse to quickly lift its legs high after every step to alleviate the pain caused by the caustic substances and contact with the ground.