This proposed regulation alleges that it relies on an OIG (Office of Inspector General) report published September 2010, a document that is six years old. This proposed regulation offers to re-write existing regulations and add new regulations. It is 101 pages long. Given the length and complexity, we’ll be breaking it down into sections. Although […]


In other posts, we’ve discussed the Horse Protection Act and a couple of the accompanying Federal Regulations. Please keep in mind the the Horse Protection Act is a law passed by congress and can only be changed or amended by congress while Federal Regulations do not involve congress and are essentially mandatory requirements set forth […]


In 1976, the Horse Protection Act was amended to add a third party inspection service, which is currently known as the HIO (Horse Industry Organization) system or DQP (Designated Qualified Person) system. Specifically, the USDA was tasked with prescribing regulation requirements for the appointment by management of any horse show or sale persons qualified to […]

The Scar Rule, Federal Regulation 9 CFR 11.3

The scar rule applies to all horses born on or after October 1, 1975. Horses that do not meet the scar rule criteria are considered to be “sore”. That criteria is: (a) The anterior and anterior lateral surfaces of the fore pasterns must be free of bilateral granulomas, other bilateral pathological evidence of inflammation and […]

Federal Regulation, 9 CFR 11.4 – Inspection and Detention of Horses

Each horse owner, exhibitor, trainer or person having custody of, or responsibility for, any horse at any horse show, horse exhibition or horse sale or auction shall allow a USDA representative to reasonably inspect such horse at all times reasonable and places as designated by the USDA representative. Inspections may be required of any horse […]

The Horse Protection Act

The Horse Protection Act can be found in its entirety at 15 USC (United States Code), Chapter 44. Section 1824 specifically prohibits the shipping, transport, moving, delivering or receiving of any horse which is sore with reason to believe that such horse while it is sore may be shown, exhibited, entered for the purpose of […]

Action Devices Explained

Action device – a device, tool, gadget or piece of equipment used to produce action, movement, alertness or response. Federal regulation allows for the use of a six ounce action device to be used on the front pasterns when showing or selling a horse provided the action device is uniform with no sharp edges.   Anyone […]

About Padded Horse Shoes

The allowable size of the padded shoes worn by some Tennessee Walking Horses is regulated under the United States Code of Federal Regulations.  Prior to being allowed to compete in a horse show, as part of the inspection process, each horse’s shoes are inspected to ensure compliance with the law. Individual pads shall be ½” […]

About this site and the Tennessee Walking Horse

This is my first attempt at a blog.  I am certainly not as hip with social media as today’s world demands.  I prefer the quiet peacefulness of the country to the social media world.  I do believe it is very important to provide the social media world with some important facts about the Tennessee Walking […]