American Horse Council & Coalition of Equine OrganizationsOppose “Compromise” Proposal to PAST Act

The American Horse Council -iAHC learned in late October that one animal welfare group and certain segments of the walking horse industry have been meeting and circulating a proposed Senate “compromise” bill which would substantially alter the PAST Act (S. 1007). After careful review and meeting with numerous industry stakeholders, the American Horse Council has formed a coalition of over 30 equine organizations which have significant concerns and are opposed to the “compromise”. AHC’s Equine Welfare and Shows/Competitions committees overwhelmingly turned down the proposed amendments and recommended to the AHC Board of Trustees that the organization continue its support of the PAST Act (S. 1007) as written and oppose the “compromise” bill. The AHC board unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation.

A detailed analysis comparison document of the PAST Act (S.1007) and the proposed “compromise” bill may be found on the AHC website

Equine organizations opposed include: American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, US Equestrian Federation, American Connemara Pony Society, American Saddlebred Horse Association & American Saddlebred Registry, Paso Fino Horse Association, United Professional Horsemen's Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Pinto Horse Association of America, US Para-Equestrian Association, US Hunter Jumper Association, American Morgan Horse Association, American Hackney Horse Society, National Show Horse, National Reining Horse Association, Joint Leadership Council (consisting of American Hackney Horse Society, American Morgan Horse Association, American Road Horse & Pony Association, American Saddle Horse Association),US Eventing Association, US Dressage Association, American Saddle Horse Registry, United Professional Horsemen’s Association, Arabian Horse Association, American Vaulting Association. FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses), USA Reining, US Trotting Association and Western Dressage Association of America.

ASPCA and HSUS also support the PAST Act as currently written and passed by the full House. Contact: AHC President, Julie Broadway, at or Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle at for more information or to join the coalition