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For decades, a certain segment of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry has been infested with corruption and cruelty. To achieve the high-stepping walk these horses are famous for, some trainers subject horses to the cruel practice of "soring.". To sore horses, trainers smear corrosive chemicals onto the horses’ legs and wrap them in plastic to burn the flesh. Chains strapped to the scalded flesh intensify the anguish. Heavy platform shoes are also used to hide sharp objects piercing the soles of their hooves, which have been intentionally ground down to a sensitive inner layer in order to generate additional pain. The horses fling their legs to avoid the pain, resulting in the desired exaggerated gait. Full story

18 September