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Alabama Horse Trainer Sentenced for Soring

Alabama horse trainer Chris Zahnd has been sentenced to two years probation in a horse soring case. Zahnd pleaded guilty to soring in connection to a 2009 horse show where a Tennessee Walking Horse trained by Zahnd was w...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BARNEY DAVIS

Tennessee Horse Trainer Pleads Guilty to Soring

A spotted saddle horse trainer and two co-defendents pleaded guilty today to violations of the Horse Protection Act. Barney Davis pled guilty to two felony offenses which included conspiracy to commit witness tampering....
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Blackburn Guilty of Horse Soring Violations

Blackburn Guilty of Horse Soring Violations

A Tennessee man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act. Paul Blackburn was part of a horse training and boarding operation that sored horses and falsified entry forms and other pap...
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Blackburn Sentenced for Soring Horses

Blackburn Sentenced for Soring Horses

A Tennessee man that pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act was sentenced today. US District Judge Harry Mattice sentenced Paul Blackburn to a year of probation and ordered him to wri...
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Whoa to Horse Soring

Vet Association Exposes Soring Lies

A veterinarian association is separating fact from fiction regarding soring and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rule change....
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Whoa to Horse Soring

Soring Rule to Eliminate Big Lick Suspended by Memorandum

A soring rule to eliminate the abusive practice of the "Big Lick" is suspended with other legislation after the inauguration. ...
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USDA: Soring Violations at TWH Celebration Double Previous Year

USDA: Soring Violations at TWH Celebration Double Previous Year

The questionable behavior continues in a video showing the "collapse" of a horse in the show ring under its rider, Jesse Barnes. It is unknown if the walking horse's failure to remain on its feet was caused by being being ...
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The agency cites privacy laws. Many animal welfare proponents are concerned with how the lack of transparency will affect animals, including horses.

USDA Removes Animal Welfare Info, Soring Violations from Site

The USDA removes animal welfare documents including inspection reports and enforcement records suddenly. How will this affect horses? ...
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Federal Appeals Court Will Rule on USDA's Soring Penalties

Federal Appeals Court Will Rule on USDA's Soring Penalties

In 2013, the district court ruled the USDA can impose minimum penalties upon those who sore horses. Appealing the decision are two of the case's original plaintiffs, Contender Farms and Mike McGartland....
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$10K Bounty Offered for Conviction of Soring Violators

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect TWHs from Abuse

The PAST Act will fortify the federal Horse Protection Act, which was passed in 1970, but contained loopholes that has allowed soring to thrive in factions of the TWH industry....
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Collateral Damage of Wheelon Dismissal

Wheelon, Co-Defendants Plead Not-Guilty to Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Wheelon and his employees Brandon Lunsford and Randall Gunter are facing 12 counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock, 3 counts of cruelty to animals, and a single count of conspiracy....
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Two More TWH Trainers Arrested in Soring Investigation

Two More TWH Trainers Arrested in Soring Investigation

Tennessee officials arrested two more horse trainers in connection with a soring investigation that began in April. Larry Joe Wheelon was charged previously with felony animal cruelty on suspicion of soring....
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TN Farrier Charged with Animal Cruelty

TN Farrier Charged with Animal Cruelty

A fourth arrest has been made in the soring investigation that started at Larry Wheelon Stables in April. Tennessee farrier Blake Primm was booked last week by Blount County officials and charged with animal cruelty....
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Walking Horse Trainer Suspended

Judge: USDA Can Impose Minimum Soring Penalties

SHOW, Contender Farms, and Mike McGartland filed the suit in Forth Worth. They didn't want the USDA to put a rule in place that would require horse inspection organizations to assess minimum penalties to violators o...
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Case Against Larry Wheelon Rides On

Case Against Larry Wheelon Rides On

A Tennessee judge ruled Wednesday that the warrant used to search Larry Wheelon Stables is valid....
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Animal Cruelty Charge Dismissed Against Wheelon

Animal Cruelty Charge Dismissed Against Wheelon

A Tennessee judge dismissed the felony charge of animal cruelty against Larry Wheelon after a communication break-down in the state's case. Wheelon is the Tennessee Walking Horse trainer accused of soring horses after hi...
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Collateral Damage of Wheelon Dismissal

Collateral Damage of Wheelon Dismissal

A Tennessee judge dismissed animal cruelty charges against three men connected to Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Larry Wheelon on Wednesday....
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KY State Senator Cited for Violating HPA

KY State Senator Cited for Violating HPA

Kentucky state Senator Robin Webb was cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act. Two of her horses were found in violation of the "scar rule," which led to their disqualification at an October horse show, accordi...
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New USEF Rule Prohibits Soring

New USEF Rule Prohibits Soring, Action Devices

The United States Equestrian Federation has enacted a new rule to prohibit soring and the use of action devices in gaited horses competing at recognized competitions. Rule GR839n, under Welfare of the Horse states: Sor...
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STATE OF TENNESSEE vs. LARRY JOE WHEELON

19 Horses Seized from TN Horse Trainer

The Blount County Sheriff's office served a search warrant at Larry Wheelon Stables last week at with help from several animal organizations. Authorities say they discovered horses visibly in pain and several barely able...
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