The term ''sore'' when used to describe a
horse means that:
Evaluation of the DQP Program:
the 2000 show season, the nine certified DQP programs monitored 562 horse
shows, sales, auctions, and exhibitions. DQPs inspected 117,240 horse
entries. (Note: A horse may be entered in several classes at a show and is
inspected prior to each class. Each
inspection is counted separately.) Overall,
DQPs identified 428 HPA violations in 2000,for an average rate of 3.7
violations per 1,000 horses inspected.
APHIS personnel evaluated the DQPs at 59 affiliated events (10.5
percent of all such events), where 17,518 horse entries were presented for
inspection. The number of violations identified in the presence of APHIS
inspectors was 293,for an average rate of 16.7 violations per 1,000 horses
inspected. However, of the
99,722 horses examined by DQPs when APHIS was not present, only 139
violations were identified, for an average rate of 1.4 violations per
1,000 horses inspected.
events (shows, sales, auctions, and exhibitions) monitored in 2000, with
or without APHIS present:
rate is the number of violations detected per 1,000 horses inspected.)
Present – APHIS
Industry Organization (HIO) Events
3 – 11
357 - 2,096
1 – 6
2.8 - 2.9
Walking Horse Association
9 – 95
1,969 - 15,612
49 – 22
24.9 - 1.4
Fox Trotting Horse
Saddle Horse Breeders
59 – 508
293 – 139
efforts to enforce the HPA effectively have not been embraced by some
individuals. In 2000,APHIS
had to request that U.S. Marshals and law enforcement agents from USDA
’s Office of the Inspector General accompany APHIS VMOs to numerous
shows due to threats of violence against APHIS personnel.
Similar intimidation of DQPs may be among the factors that have
contributed to the difference in the number of horses cited for HPA
violations when APHIS was present versus when the agency was not present.
some cases, reports of violations have been determined to be incomplete.
Last year,92 horses
table below shows the difference in the rate of violations between padded
and flat-shod horses.
of pathological abnormalities indicative of soring, by type of horse, at
events attended by APHIS in 2000.
Flat-shod - Padded
Flat-shod - Padded Flat-shod
- Padded Overall
538 - 272
1,391 - 976
1,929 - 1,248
Percent with abnormalities 18 - 82 17 - 79 17 - 79 42