With the emphasis on rining extreme maneuvers in spinning and stopping – are reining horses now being pushed beyond their limits? You read about the human subscription psychological drugs being administered to these horses, the off label use of other unprescribed drugs, and cocktails. The contraptions added to their equipment in order to enforce behaviors.
Where does all the training methods appear – in the show ring as they compete to win the big dollars – at all costs.
Be warned: some people may find this video of reining extreme maneuvers distressing to watch, and its just a sample of what goes on. Are they drugged? Tired? It sure is not normal – or is it?
WATCH THE ENTIRE VIDEO – 2.19 minutes
The horses in the video are ridden by top riders and million-dollar trainers. The last horse is interesting too.
This may well have been a training video for NRHA judges and members to understand what the penalty is applied for by innuendo of its title, but it was published to the public.
Are the rule-makers creating an epidemic of this style of training and showing of reining extreme maneuvers?
Does it happen that often now they had to add a clause in the rule book – a 5 point penalty for that single run? Reining people have no issue with this reining extreme maneuvers – this is what showing reiners is all about. Just watch their comments on Facebook justifying that horses are not under extreme pressure.
A penalty score of 5 points is applied for this conduct. They may be out of the money on that run, but they are back in the next round pushing the horse to deliver the reining extreme maneuvers.
Is the NRHA living in the modern world where people don’t want to see horses suffering from extreme physical demands that show them suffering?
A well-managed association would be taking a more serious approach to rulemaking and the enforcement of rules. But maybe if the rules were enforced as members say ”there would be no-one left showing”.
Should collapsing on their knees be a suspension for six months and banned for it happening twice for over-riding or over-pushing the horse? Should it be an instant drug test? (These horses may not have been in the tiny sample of horses tested at the show that day. If they do test positive they usually get a smack on the hand. Trainers gamble their number will not come up. Reiners have the highest positive drug test results in FEI competition.)
Also, watch their tails and you can see which horses are using their tail to stop and those that lay flat-looking a lot like a tail block has been done.
Footnote: When Casey Deary’s horse went down he was applauded as a hero by the NRHA Marketing Machine as they moved quickly to respond to the claims of abuse. Deary himself releasing an NRHA PR styled response as the equine public reeled from what they saw. The horse was incapable of going on and questions are raised over potential drugging are yet to be answered.