Congress will bolster the Federal Trade Commission’s oversight of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in a bid to satisfy constitutional flaws as part of its $1.7 trillion spending bill. A vote is expected this week.
The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a proposed rule by the United States Department of Agriculture to amend the Horse Protection Act in a bid to eliminate horse soring, according to The Walking Horse Report.
Just weeks after bipartisan legislation that aims to end horse soring was reintroduced in the United States Senate, an alternative bill has been authored to accomplish the same goal while also “preserving the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition.”
Since the introduction of the first Prevent All Soring Tactics Act in 2013, the legislation has received remarkable support in both houses of Congress, only to die in committee. Yet, a rule change could finally bring a vote on a bill that aims to significantly change farriery of gaited horses such as Tennessee Walkers.
The United States Department of Agriculture is tasked with enforcing the Horse Protection Act. However, in recent accounts, the USDA has lost all transparency, which was once a source of accountability, according to The Washington Post.
Farriery requires knowledge and skills to provide proper equine hoof care. In this series, sponsored by VICTORY, American Farriers Journal visits Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. In this edition, Chris Gregory discussed his journey to becoming an educator, his focus in teaching farrier students and the state of farrier education.
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