1. Get the facts.
2. Support the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.
Contact your federal legislators and ask them to increase enforcement funding of, and close loopholes in, the Horse Protection Act by passing the PAST Act. Let them know it's time to fix the broken enforcement system that permits people to flout the Horse Protection Act. Call 855-NO-SORING to report illegal soring and be eligible for a reward.
3. Take your message to social media.
Post on your legislators' Facebook pages or tag them in a post on your own page, urging cosponsorship of the PAST Act to end soring. Already cosponsors? Thank them for their support! e.g. "Please cosponsor the PAST Act to protect horses from soring!" or "Thanks for cosponsoring the PAST Act to protect horses from soring!"
Post the PAST Act action alert on your Facebook page—then post on your friends' pages too! e.g. "It's time to end soring! Please take action and share! #PassthePASTAct"
Tweet at your legislators and urge them to cosponsor the PAST Act to end soring. Already cosponsors? Thank them for their support! e.g. "@joesmith Please cosponsor the #PassthePASTAct" or "@joesmith Thanks for cosponsoring the #PassthePASTAct"
4. Report abuse; publicize the tip line.
If you witness soring at a stable, training barn or horse show, immediately report it to the horse show inspection authorities, your local law enforcement agency or the USDA Information Hotline at 202-720-2791. The HSUS’s standing reward of up to $10,000 will be paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any violator of the Horse Protection Act or any state law which prohibits horse “soring,” the deliberate infliction of pain to force horses to perform an artificially high-stepping gait for the show ring. Be sure to follow up after the initial contact to make sure your complaint was registered. If you have additional questions or concerns, call our tip line at 855-NO-SORING (855-667-6746).
5. Speak out in the media.
Write an op-ed or letter to the editor of your local newspaper, television station or horse industry publication.
6. Inform the general public.
Download and print our soring tip line flyer [PDF]. Post it in barns, at shows, in your veterinarian's office, your stable, tack shop or feed store or anywhere that members of the Tennessee walking horse community will see it. Use your Facebook page or Twitter feed to share links to it, as well as to our investigative video, "Tennessee Walking Horse Investigation Exposes Cruelty."
7. Educate the equestrian community.
If you ride horses, talk to friends and fellow riders. Let them know that soring is not only inhumane and illegal, but also, sadly, widespread. Ask them to join you in sending letters to lawmakers urging vigorous enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. At your local horse show, 4-H event or Pony Club rally, set up a display, including a poster illustrating the soring process and samples of chemicals used for soring: diesel fuel, hand cleaner, mustard oil and kerosene. Play our investigative video on a laptop or iPad. Spread the word that the HSUS is offering a reward for tips on people who sore horses.