The practice of “soring” horses and adding harmful devices to a horse’s feet (especially Tennessee Walking Horses) to obtain more extravagant gaits in was outlawed in 1970. However, policing of the legislation was inadequate, and the practice continued. A new bill, H.R. 693, Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, an amendment to the 1970 Horse Protection Act, has passed the House. This bill increases penalties for violations of the Act and improves enforcement by establishing a new USDA system for inspection of horses. All Democrats and a majority of Republicans voted in favor of the PAST Act. Hard to imagine why anyone voted against it.
Contact your Member of Congress. If they voted in favor of H.R. 693 the PAST Act, thank them. If they opposed the bill, complain.
Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll510.xml