Entries by Animal Welfare

NRHA Members and Reining Enthusiasts are being polled

  As the international body governing and setting the standards, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has a vital role in the duty of care to the horses that are crucial to the sport of reining. As an organization, they have the power to set and influence the welfare and standards of the humane treatment […]

Weekend Warriors Could be Silent Abuse

Could this be abuse Big Fella? Lugging excess weight is really putting pressure on the horse, says the scientists. The horse suffers just to satisfy the weekend warrior. You have to ask “does the warrior consider all the factors of animal welfare or just focus on getting a winning run?” An owner of a racehorse puts […]

Reining horses hardly stand a chance

“A lot of reining horses eliminate themselves early on, even if they have the ability and the try, because they can’t hold up.“ – Timothy Bartlett, DVM, of Vincennes, Ind., has been actively involved in the sport as a president of NRHA and an NRHA judge. An interesting view that it is the horses problem Dr […]

Reining Trainer Spurs Mare in the Face

These confronting images are how a man finds his horse after being in training with a high profile Australian Reining Trainer. Badly spurred with spur tracks down her sides and shoulders and even a spur tracks near her eye. He reports that the horse also had a torn tongue on both sides. It was reported […]

Is This a Reining Sport Secret?

The reining sport authority says: “All complaints filed with the NRHA are confidential, as are the decisions made by the committees in closed session.” Well that keeps it all a secret does it not? – click here for a redacted copy of a letter signed by the National Reining Horse Association. And the rules state you must […]

Customs Can be the Biggest Horse Abuser

  The truth is that a person deemed as knowledgeable, may well be the cruelest person that ever stepped into a horse pen. Ask a reining trainer or clinician how they train their horses and they will have a mantra response that is palatable to most people’s ears. What they won’t talk about is the […]

Do the NRHA Enforce Medication Rules?

With a massive 94% of the weighting for welfare and medications clauses sitting squarely on medications, not abuse, in the National Reining Horse Association Handbook, the questions need to be asked: “Have you had your horse tested at an official NRHA event anywhere in the world?” and “How often are they testing at official events?” […]

NRHA turns back on horses again in 2017

The new 2017 National Reining Horse Association – NRHA Handbook is now available online Unfortunately, they have let the horses down once again with their lackluster approach to animal welfare and no changes being made from 2016. The Animal Welfare and Medications Provisions is focused on medications demonstrating they believe they have a greater drug […]

Did the NRHA Abandon Their Welfare Statement?

In March 2016, the NRHA abandoned their welfare statement, and all other statements contained within their Code of Ethics for NRHA Professionals. The program designed to govern the standards of reining trainers and a compliance requirement that remained the same since 2011. What caused this major change in their position on the Code of Ethics […]

Who is protecting the reining horse’s welfare?

“Unfortunately we do have our share of abusive trainers in our industry that I consider a minority, and when identified, they should be removed, period. It is these individuals that attach a bad stigma to the industry” says Rick Dennis of Wind River in May 2015. A highly respected quarter horse performance breeder and competitor […]