Trainer Sentenced for Violation of Federal Horse Protection Act

Likening the abuse of "horse soring" to cockfighting, U.S. District Judge Harry "Sandy" Mattice said on Monday that Congress has promoted disrespect for the federal Horse Protection Act by criminalizing the conduct but not enforcing it. Mattice sentenced a Shelbyville trainer, Barney Davis, 39, to one year in federal prison and a $4,000 fine for conspiracy to violate the act, witness tampering and transporting and entering a sored horse into a walking horse competition. Soring is a process involving metal chains, bolts, and acid, kerosene or other chemicals to make horses' hooves tender in an effort to create the false, high-stepping movements popular in Tennessee Walking Horse shows. The Times Free Press reports.