Entries by Animal Welfare

Do NRHA Judges Reward Intimidation?

Intimidation or Not? You be the judge of these two videos. A horse dropping its head to the ground at every stop? A shake of the reins and the horse is eating dirt. To perform the next manouevre, the horse must lift his head at least 2 feet higher so why have its head way down […]

Reining Trainer Gunner Trash

He was standing shivering in the auction pen. Fine coated from being in a barn and still had his sliders on his back feet. The temperature was down in low forties, and this horse was doing it hard. That is what Matt was confronted with as he walked along the yards. The horse was panicked […]

Reining Horse Slides

The reining slide or reining stop is heralded as the hero maneuver of the reining event. It is the extreme and unnatural maneuver of horses sliding 20-30-40 feet on specially designed plates (shoes). It is what the crowd whoop n holler about and people expect to see when they go to a show. But are […]

Only Old Women Care About Horse Welfare?

We sat and listened to a high profile NRHA judge & former western sport board member at a judging seminar state “only old women are really concerned about animal welfare”. Probably the most honest and discriminatory statement made when you see most abusers charged are men. But does it reflect the priorities of NRHA or […]