What is the PAST Act?

The Prevent All Soring Tactics, or PAST Act, is the federal bill to end the cruel practice of horse soring.

The PAST Act would amend the Horse Protection Act to do the following:

  • Amend the industry's failed system of self-policing;
  • Ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring;
  • Strengthen penalties; and
  • Make other reforms needed to finally shut this abuse down.

The PAST Act has the support of a strong bipartisan group of cosponsors (PDF).

What is soring?

Soring is a practice used by unscrupulous trainers to deliberately inflict pain in order to exaggerate the high-stepping gait of their horses and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows.

Watch: Learn more about soring and the HSUS investigation into the industry's abuse of horses. This investigation led to felony charges for a top Tennessee Walking Horse trainer.

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Who endorses the PAST Act

A massive group of horse organizations, industry professionals, legislators, members of the media, veterinarians, animal advocates and celebrities openly stand against cruel horse soring—and for the PAST Act.

View PAST Act endorsers (PDF)

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Help us pass the PAST Act to end cruel horse soring

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