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4 Tennesseans charged in horse soring case

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Federal authorities say four people have been indicted in Tennessee on horse soring charges.

The 52-count indictment on file with federal court in Chattanooga says Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell and three associates applied prohibited substances such as mustard oil to the pastern area of horses to sore them in order to produce an exaggerated gait in the show ring.

The indictment details methods allegedly used to sore horses, train them not to react to pain in their feet by causing pain elsewhere and otherwise mask the evidence of the soring efforts.

The violations allegedly occurred at the annual National Walking Horse Trainers Show in March 2011 in Shelbyville and two other events.

It was not immediately known if the four have been arrested or if they have lawyers.

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