20 May '12, 6am

Cruelty Exposed in Gaited Horse World | Care2 Causes

Cruelty Exposed in Gaited Horse World | Care2 Causes

A recent undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at a training barn for Tennessee Walking horses exposed the cruelty these horses endure to achieve an unnatural high stepping gait otherwise known as the “Big Lick.” According to the HSUS , the investigation led to criminal charges for felony conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act (HPA ), in addition to violations of the Tennessee Cruelty to Animals Statute against nationally recognized trainer Jackie McConnell, who has a history of horse abuse, and his associates, Jeff Dockery, John Mays and Joseph R. Abernathy after they were caught “soring” horses. Soring of all breeds has been banned for decades under the HPA, but the technique is still used by unethical trainers to get that high step. The practice involves methods that include putting caustic substances, such as mustard oil, Cr...

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