horse soring

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — A federal judge in Chattanooga has sentenced a Tennessee walking horse trainer caught abusing horses in an undercover video to three years' probation and fined him $75,000.

The video, shot by informants for the Humane Society, shows Jackie McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand.

The process is called soring and is used to enhance the horses' high-stepping gait.