Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics bill, which would boost USDA inspections at horse shows and ban the use of devices to achieve a prized high-stepping gait. Such weighted shoes, hoof pads and chains inflict pain, as does the application of chemicals to the animals' legs, say animal welfare advocates. AVMA Executive Vice President and CEO Ron DeHaven testified in support of the bill, arguing measures are needed to address the "culture of abuse" in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

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