Anti-Soring Rule Suspended in Trump Administration Freeze

The rule is among a litany of new regulations pending review by the new administration and its department secretaries.
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A new USDA rule banning pads, chains, and other action devices sometimes used in Tennessee Walking and Racking Horse training and exhibition is among a litany of new regulations put on hold pending review by the Trump administration and its newly appointed department secretaries.

The new rule, which was approved Jan. 13, prohibits the use of action devices, including chains weighing more than 6 ounces, on Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. The final rule also forbids the use of boots other than soft rubber or leather bell boots and quarter boots used as protective devices and associated lubricants. It also prohibits the use of “pads and wedges on Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions, except for therapeutic pads and wedges.”

The ban on action devices is scheduled to take effect in February. All other provisions of the new rule were slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

However, the rule was among several regulations frozen by President Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 executive order

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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