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Independent Veterinary Equine Specialists Find ThorSport Horses Not Sored



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – ThorSport Farm horses slated to participate in the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration have been examined by three independent veterinary equine specialists and declared healthy with no signs of soring.

The independent veterinary results contradict allegations made against ThorSport Farm on August 25 by the Humane Society of the United States and provides further evidence that the HSUS’s report includes false and misleading information.

The horses were inspected on August 25 by Shelbyville veterinary equine specialists Dr. Stephen Mullins, DVM, and Dr. John Bennett, DVM, and transported later in the day to Lexington, Ky., for a third exam conducted this morning by an equine facility that is not named due to confidentiality provisions. All three experts declared the horses healthy with no sign of soring.

Dr. Mullins said, “We conducted thorough examination of all three horses and found no evidence of soring, no problems with any of these horses. If any of the horses had been subjected to any soring practices over the last few months it would have been evident.”

“The expert opinion is unanimous and clear – none of the horses identified by HSUS was found to have any sign whatsoever of soring,” said ThorSport owner Duke Thorson. “This provides yet more evidence that the Humane Society fed the public false and misleading information in order to damage our reputation and carry out their political campaign against the walking horse breed. As we stated yesterday, ThorSport operates within the rules and has a known reputation for ethical care. We will continue to push back on this irresponsible report and will continue to work vigorously to end any abuses in the industry.”

The horses named or referenced by HSUS are He’s Vida Blue, The Golden Sovereign and He’s Unleashed. Results of the veterinary examinations contradicts HSUS’s allegation that “three horses slated to compete in this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration have been illegally sored.”

All three horses are grand champions and will be entered into the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Thorson said.

 

 

 

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