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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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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 Anti-Soring Bill Reintroduced to Congress

USDA Soring Rule Change to Protect Walking Horses

The Big Lick's Ban The USDA announced changes to the Horse Protection Act that may prove monumental toward ending the abusive pra...
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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) prop...
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UPDATE: Undercover Investigation Exposes Allegations of Soring Abuses at ThorSport Farm

UPDATE: Undercover Investigation Exposes Allegations of Soring Abuses at ThorSport Farm

An undercover investigation shows those in the big lick industry are still crippling their horses in the name of sport, according to T...
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USDA Anti-Soring Bill Reintroduced to Congress

Anti-Soring Bill Reintroduced to Congress

Two veterinarians serving in Congress brought a bill forward last week with the goal of eradicating the practice of soring horses. Re...
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Case Against Larry Wheelon Rides On

Larry Wheelon Soring Case Dismissed

Larry Wheelon faced multiple charges of aggravated animal cruelty, due to evidence obtained during a search, that the judge deemed unc...
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$10K Bounty Offered for Conviction of Soring Violators

Children's Hospital Says No Thanks to TWH Show Donations over Soring Controversy

Batson Children's Hospital is pulling itself from a list of charitable causes donated to by a Tennessee Walking Horse competition du...
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Horse Trainer Bound Over in Soring Case

Horse Trainer Bound Over in Soring Case, Charge Dismissed against Farrier

A Tennessee judge found probable cause in the soring case against a horse trainer. Randall Gunter worked for Wheelon Stables when it...
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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 i...
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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 sor...
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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 o...
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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 c...
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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 ...
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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...
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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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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...
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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 P...
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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 Wheelo...
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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 orga...
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Horse Show Abuse: Growth of an Epidemic

TN Grand Jury Indicts TWH Trainer Jackie McConnell

A Fayette County Grand Jury has indicted infamous horse abuser Jackie McConnell and two co-defendants on 38 counts of animal cruel...
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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 com...
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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 o...
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Veterinarians: Stiffer Penalties for HPA Violators

Veterinarians: Stiffer Penalties for HPA Violators

“Soring is an unconscionable abuse of horses that is used to produce a high-stepping gait - the ‘Big Lick’ - and gain an unfair...
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Jackie McConnell Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Horse Trainer Seen Abusing Horses in Undercover Video Sentenced

The gaited horse trainer seen by the world earlier this year in an undercover video soring horses was sentenced to three years probati...
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