The Horse Abuse Guidelines reads like a normal day at the training barn for the reining horse!
According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Horse Abuse Guidelines – Animal physical abuse is the infliction of injuries or causing unnecessary pain and/or suffering. Abuse may be caused by hitting, kicking, throwing, beating, whipping, spurring, shaking, poisoning, burning, scalding, suffocation, etc.
There are many other less obvious horse abuses listed in the Horse Abuse Guidelines include:
- Jerking on the bridle reins
- Forcing horses to do things they do not understand or cannot do
- Dismounting from a horse that is very warm or wet with sweat and allowing him to stand still, until the muscles chill and cramp.
One the most common ways people abuse horses is Tail blocking, injecting rubbing alcohol in the tail, or surgically altering the tail, to keep the horse’s tail down.
The sport of reining is synonymous with the training tactics that many horsemen and members of the public do not accept. These Horse Abuse Guidelines raise questions of the sport’s relevance to modern society, its continued alienation of members and media and public relations designed to deflect from what NRHA Members are reporting in forums as horse abuse.
A sport that is now sensationalized by Hollywood and Million Dollar Prize Money, Multi-Million Dollar Riders giving rise to less compassionate training methods in the pursuit of prize money.
Training methods that are overseen by a small group of people that not only compete but publicly train horses, lacking any objectivity or public consciousness to the demise of the horses.
Vote here for your thoughts on the NRHA Welfare Statement – now closed
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Typical training methods being used early in 2yo training program for reining.
To the horse it is continual abuse, harassment and intimidation to submit to a mechanical tool