How Efforts To Stop Soring of Big Lick Walkers Could Affect You & Your Sport Horse T ink eff orts to stop the soring techniques used

by a small handful of horse trainers in the deep south to produce the exaggerate “big lick” of Tennessee Walking Horses doesn’t aff ect you? T ink again, and thank your farrier, if your

farrier happens to be a member of the American Farrier Association. And never forget the mantra, “T e road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Living in a state adjacent to our nation’s

capital, most Marylanders are accustomed to the current ongoing debate within serious media: the creation of laws via the legislative process vs. the making of laws via government agencies. Who would think this debate would touch our world? Yet it does, and it is an example of how good intentions can go awry.

Good Intentions Most of our readers are familiar with the federal legislation known as the PAST Act. T e “Prevent All Soring Tactics Act,” is intended to strengthen the existing Horse Protection Act (HPA) and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, specifi cally to ban the soring

Thank Your Farrier! If your farrier belongs to the American

Farrier Association, thank him! T e AFA is working hard to make sure certain routine shoeing techniques do not become illegal in the eff ort to curtail equine abuse. T e Equiery database has over 230 farriers

in Maryland, but only 37 belong to AFA. Is yours one of them? Visit the AFA’s website to fi nd out.

techniques used on some Tennessee Walking horses to gain an advantage in the show ring in some classes, particularly where the horse is asked to do the famous “big lick” walking gait. T e PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council,

of Equine Practitioners, U.S.

American Association Equestrian

Federation, the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association, the American Morgan Horse Association, the Pinto Horse Association of America, the Arabian Horse Association, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the United Professional Horsemen’s Association,

Getting social with The Equiery!

Facebook ( eEquiery) October is a busy month for competitive equestrians in Maryland and it was a busy month for T e Equiery on Facebook! From Fair Hill International to the Maryland Million to the indoor horse shows to fall ‘chasing, we worked hard to keep you up to date with photos, news, and results, and your responded with your many comments, likes and shares! T ank you! Our most popular post by far was a report from Hunt Night at the

Pennsylvania National Horse Show, where Maryland riders shone brightly, bringing home the Reserve Champion Hunt Club award (Potomac Hunt), Leading Lady Rider Award (Molly Greene, Green Spring Valley Hounds), and a number of individual ribbons over fences and on the fl at. T is post from 10/18 had a following of 5,100! T e second place post also came from Hunt Night at PNHS.

Photographer Al Cook’s stunning photo of rider Molly Greene and class sponsor Carol Copeland (Elkridge-Harford) during the presentation of the blue ribbon in the Ladies’ Hunter Under Saddle to Mary Ter Louw’s Codependent. T is post from 10/19 was shared several times with a total of 3,700 followers. Posts #3 and #4 were both videos from the Jim McKay Maryland Million, held at Laurel Park on October 22. 3,600 Facebook readers followed our clip of the Goshen Hounds and 3,400 of you followed the video of “Who Stole My Sock” (bred by Fred Lewis) winning at 40-1 odds!

Fifth place went to a video of scenes from Canter for a Cause at Pimlico

Race Course on October 9. T is popular post had a following of 3,100. T e #6 position went to a photo we received of My Son MJ and Courney Swartz with their blue ribbon from the CIC1* at Morven Park on 10/2. 2,900 followers showed interest in this post. #7 was another video from Canter for a Cause, of a rider riding down to the fi nish pole at historic Pimlico, like ever Preakness winner has done since 1873! On 10/4 we posted the entries for two fall race meets, one in Middleburg

(VA) and one at Genesee Valley (NY), wishing luck to our Maryland riders, owners and trainers. Who knew it would draw a following of 2,300 and tie for eighth place with a photo taken by Associate Editor Katherine Rizzo of jump jockey Fritz Boniface and trainer Willie Dowling schooling two racers at the Mt. Carmel Hunter Trials. We made this image our Photo of the Week on 10/11. And rounding out the Top Ten is another tie: the ad for Canter for a Cause (did you know that as an Equiery advertiser, you can request that your ad be placed on our Facebook page for added “oomph”?) posted on 9/30, and a video of Maryland Little and RF Scandalous doing their victory lap in the Fair Hill International CIC3*, were both followed by 2,200 Equiery Facebook followers. We fi nished the month with 64 new followers, bringing our entire Equiery Facebook stable to a total of 6,865 followers!

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the Appaloosa Horse Club, and the American Veterinarian Medical Association. T e legislation was introduced in the last two sessions of Congress, but has failed to pass. Since Congress can’t seem to pass a new,

stronger law to ban soring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its cabinet powers, is going to attempt to do so, by amending the American Horse Protection Act via the executive powers of the president.

Gone Awry However well-meaning their intentions

are, the American Horse Council and the American Farriers Association are concerned that this eff ort by the USDA will backfi re, and both have been working with USDA to amend their language. As Fran Jurga explains in Hoofcare

Publishing: T is amendment is a bold move on the part of USDA. It is a “Hail Mary” pass to once and for all end soring by putting a Walking Horse’s hoof back on the ground via executive action. But like all daring strategies, its execution begins in the huddle. T e quarterback’s signals must be clear continued...

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