“ For what the horse does under compulsion...is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.”
— Xenophon


Soring is illegal; the damage to this horse's pastern can be clearly seen.  And, although legal,  this is clearly an  unnatural way to shoe a horse. 

For more information about the national effort to understand the prevalence of these practices, and to stop them,  use these related links. 


Undercover video of World Grand Champion and Walking Horse Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McConnell and his assistants, all of whom are from Tennessee and were   abusing performance horses during the training process,  shocks the world. 

Walking and spotted saddle horse trainer Barney Davis of Tennessee talks to Keith Dane of the HSUS  about how common soring is in the training process of performance/big lick horses. Davis went to prison for his activities in the show horse world.