Walking horse breed has funding restored

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has restored funding for the Tennessee walking horse breed, with a catch.

The commission approved a measure on Tuesday that will allow eligible owners and breeders to receive money from the fund starting in 2010 if the shows their horses participate in pass inspection from 1 of 3 agencies: the Natural Walking Horse Association, the Friends of Sound Horses or the Horse Protection Commission.

The commission had suspended funding amid allegations some horses were intentionally harmed to change the way they walk. At issue is the illegal practice of soring, which involves irritating the horse's foreleg and hoof to force the trademark highstepping gait of Tennessee walking horses.

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