Be warned: some people may find this distressing to watch, and its just a sample of what goes on. Are they drugged? Tired? It sure is not normal – or is it?
Are the rule makers are creating an epidemic of this style of training and showing? It happens 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 – this is what showing reiners is all about.
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 maybe a training video for NRHA judges and members to understand what the penalty is applied for, and it was published to the public.
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 the extreme.
A well managed association would be taking a more serious approach to rule making 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.