Two bills in Congress address the practice of soring, or abusing horses to obtain the "Big Lick" high-stepping gait prized in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions, but veterinary groups say only one protects horses. The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would ban the devices used to sore horses and calls for inspectors trained, licensed and assigned by the USDA. Meanwhile, Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, says a measure introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., "is nothing more than an attempt to maintain the status quo in an industry riddled with abuse." Blackburn's measure has Walking Horse industry support.

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