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and inarguable, or the Horse Protection Act enforcement plans could be delayed for years in the courts and other unrelated horse breeds and disciplines could become collateral damage. T e emphasis on the last phrase is T e Equiery’s. T e proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring, including a new licensing program for HPA inspectors and a ban on action devices, pads, weighted shoes and foreign substances at Walking Horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. T e American Horse Council is concerned

that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not suffi ciently defi ned, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry.

Among the concerns regarding

language in the amendment are the complete outlawing of pads, action devices such as pastern chains, and weighted shoes and the broad inclusion of breeds. Explains Fran Jurga in Hoofcare: Several breeds,

Saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, National Show horses and Arabians are shown in weighted shoes and/or pads. No defi nition of what constitutes a “weighted” shoe is included in either the PAST Act or the USDA amendment. T e two documents do not use the same language in describing hoof equipment. T e amendment suggests that all horses be limited to a “keg” or conventional horseshoe, which would compromise the welfare of many show horses that benefi t from urethane or composite shoes, bar shoes, and support materials designed for therapeutic application, not to

Miss Temple City Beats the Boys Again

Miss Temple City, owned by Sagamore Racing, Allen Rosenblum and T e Club Racing, LLC, became the fi rst fi lly in 22 years to win the 31st running of the $1,000,000 Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky on October 8. Earlier this year, Miss Temple City became the fi rst fi lly to win the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes, also at Keeneland. T e fi lly is trained by Graham Motion at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton and was ridden by Edgar Prado.

specifi cally enhance movement. While soring is universally abhorred, the

passing of a law that would aff ect other breeds is not necessary, nor is there evidence that the welfare of any padded horses is aff ected by the practice of weighted shoes or pads. Although welfare or soundness may be impacted in some way, this has not been specifi cally documented nor have the individual components (weight of shoe, length of hoof, height of heels, eff ect of wedging, etc.) been individually tested. Further, it is not fair to Walking Horses that

including Morgans,

they be held to a higher standard than other breeds, which are allowed to have pads and weighted shoes. However, the other breeds are, for the most part, limited to specifi c toe lengths, shoe weights, shoe materials or designs, pad specifi cations or other limitations, and the argument for banning pad packages in the Walking Horse are based in abuse of the pad stack for pressure shoeing or hidden manipulations within the stack. Most of the long-footed or padded breeds operate under the rules of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) for that breed.

Getting social with The Equiery! continued... by

Twitter (@equiery) October was dominated our coverage of the

2016 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as well as the East Coast Young Event Horse Championships.


the most popular tweet of the month was a retweet from @SagamoreRacing of two yearling fi llies on October 18 for #TooCuteTuesday. T e Equiery’s own news story about the Maryland-bred Curlin colt topping the Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale came in a close second. T ank you to everyone following T e Equiery on twitter! We reached 600 followers! Don’t forget to follow @equiery on Twitter today!

Instagram (@equiery) T ere was a lot going on equine-wise in Maryland during

October! Horse Shows, Horse Trials, Mule Days, Canter for the Cause, and the beginning of the foxchasing season are just some of the activities we attended. Our absolutely most loved photo with 24 likes was of two pintos all decked out in pink duirng Canter for the Cause at Pimlico.

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T e second favorite photo was of Jennie Brannigan & Stella Artois after they won the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI2*. Our most viewed video was of Kristie Grey during the Maryland Horse

Trials October USEA Novice Course (80 views & 10 Likes). T e second favorite video was of Madison Iager and Gato competing in the Mule Jumping class during Harrison Mule Days (77 views & 14 likes). T e ever-popular Grace Fulton had the third most viewed video, taken

cross-country day during the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI2*, with 71 views and 19 likes. T e photo that seemed to get the quickest response from our followers was the Blessing of the Hounds during Marlborough Hunt’s Opening Hunt, which earned 19 likes in under an hour and as of press time has over 30 likes!

What is being done In late summer and early fall of this year, the

U.S. Department of Agriculture held several amendment “listening sessions”

around the

country. T e listening sessions were located in states with signifi cant equine industries, including one held in Riverdale, MD in September. In addition, numerous organizations are submitting written comment, including the American Horse Council and the American Farriers Association.

AHC T e American Horse Council has submitted formal comment on the USDA’s proposed amendment language, urging that all new provisions be explicitly limited to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the PAST Act. Making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will fulfi ll the purpose and intent of the HPA. T e AHC believes that many of the proposed


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