WASHINGTON D.C. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville woman was among horse owners who traveled to the nation's capitol to support the passage of the "Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act".
Esther Bell took part in the "Walk on Washington" event sponsored by the All American Walking Horse Alliance. The event featured six Tennessee Walking/Spotted Saddle/Racking Horses that owners from across the country shipped to the march.
The PAST act is an amendment to the original Horse Protection Act of 1970 that would increase penalties for soring, give enforcement authority to the USDA and ban devices implicated in the abuse of soring.
Soring involves applying caustic chemicals or chains to a horses' hooves to cause pain so that the horse has a high step in shows.
The Performance Show Horse Association says the Walk on Washington was held to "placate the media" and others while "putting 85 percent of equine athletes, 20,000 jobs and a $3.2 billion economy at risk."
The full statement from the PSHA is included in the links section of this article.