Make a Difference

Tony Fleischmann & Jacob

We believe that each and every one of us can make a difference in this world. That's why it's important to me that Breyer gives back every year by donating money and products to organizations that are trying to help animals and make the world a better place.


Right now, we are asking our friends and fans to help us end soring in the Tennessee Walking Horse and racking horse communities. Soring is the intentional harming of horses to achieve an exaggerated and unnatural gait to win ribbons. This is done in a variety of ways including applying caustic, abrasive and chemical agents to horses' legs, cruel and unnatural shoeing, extreme shoe weights and action devices.

We understand that the vast majority of horse owners love their horses and treat them kindly. Sadly, there are still a number of ignorant and unscrupulous horse trainers and owners who employ these cruel and unconscionable training methods. So much so that U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has to monitor and regulate their horse shows for evidence of soring ... which, sadly for these poor horses, they continue to find.


The USDA needs our support and input. The USDA has introduced new rules that will effectively put the teeth back into their rules and help end soring. USDA's proposed changes would bring the Horse Protection Act regulations into alignment with existing standards established by the U.S. Equestrian Federation - the governing body for equestrian sports in America.  While there will likely be some language changes relating to the use of pads because several breeds have expressed some concern over banning the use of pads entirely, the rule changes that the USDA has proposed are the best proposals yet to end soring.

Specifically, these rule changes address two main areas:

  • Under the proposed rule, inspectors would be independent veterinarians or animal health technicians who are licensed by USDA and have no affiliation with any horse industry organizations. USDA would oversee this new group of independent inspectors.
  • USDA would prohibit the use of all action devices, pads and foreign substances that may be used to sore horses.

Tell the USDA that you want to end soring and that you support their rule changes. It's easy and it will make a difference! Click here to add your voice to those that support the USDA and let's take this positive step toward ending soring forever.

Act Now! The public comment period runs from July 26 - September 26, 2016.

View the entire regulatory docket and submit your comments.

Here is the link to send your comments to the USDA - please do it today!

Thank you!

Tony Fleischmann
President and Head Animal Lover




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