Horses have played an indispensable role in human history known for its intelligence and sensitive nature Horses suffered untold abuse and neglect in work, war, and so-called entertainment in daily life. Therefore equine law or horse law is made to cover all activities which deal with horses, equestrian sports, horse welfare, riders and rider safety. State, Federal and local laws govern this area of practice.The Horse Protection Act prohibits horses subjected to a process called soring from participating in exhibitions, sales, shows, or auctions. Under equine law there is Horse Protection Act (HPA). It is a Federal law that acts in prohibiting horses subjected to a practice called soring from participating in shows, sales, exhibitions, or auctions. This act also prohibits drivers from transporting sored horses to or from any of these events. Equine lawyer works actively with the horse industry to protect against such abuse and ensure that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows. The ultimate goal is to end this inhumane practice completely.Soring is a cruel and abusive practice which is used to accentuate a horse’s gait which may be accomplished by irritating or blistering a horse’s forelegs through the application of chemicals such as mustard oil or the use of mechanical devices.
Walking horses are known for possessing a naturally high gait, but in order to be successfully competitive their natural gait is often exaggerated. The exaggerated gait can be achieved with proper training and considerable time however; some horse exhibitors, owners, and trainers have chosen to use inhumane and improper training methods to shorten the time that would take to produce a higher gait without abusive practices.According to Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 – Amends the federal criminal code to impose a fine and/or prison term of up to three years for possessing, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling, delivering, or receiving any horse, horse flesh, or carcass with the intent that it be used for human consumption.
The prison term reduces to one year if the offense involves less than five horses or less than 2,000 pounds of horse flesh or carcass and the offender has no prior conviction for this offense.According to section 1824 the failure by the management of any horse exhibition or show which does not appoint and retain a person in accordance with section 1823(c) of this title, to disqualify from being shown or exhibited any horse which is sore.
The failing to establish, maintain or submit records, notices or other information required under section 1823 of the title that the failure or refusal to permit access to or copying of records or the failure or refusal to permit entry or inspection. Similarly under this section, the failure or refusal to provide the secretary with adequate space or facilities, as the Secretary may be regulation under section 1828 of this title prescribe, in which to conduct inspections or any other activity authorized to be performed by the Secretary under this chapter.