(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Data compiled by an industry watchdog group show that eight of the last 10 winners of the Trainer of the Year award from the Walking Horse Trainers' Association have been suspended for soring at least once, The Tennessean reports.
Charlie Green, one of the winners identified in the Friends of Sound Horses database, committed the most violations of the Horse Protection Act, with 22. The violations ranged from one-foot and two-foot soring to scarring on a horse's legs, which could indicate previous soring, the paper says.
Soring is the practice of pouring harsh chemicals or cutting a horse's hooves and legs to induce a high gait that is prized at Tennessee Walking Horse competitions.
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