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AQHA Updates Animal Welfare Policies

Effective October 1, 2023 the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) by recommendation from the Animal Welfare Commission, is implementing new minimum penalty levels of offense, as well as adjusted fines and penalties regarding inhumane treatment violations.

NRHA Updates Medication Policies

The NRHA recently announced a new medication and animal welfare policy, which strengthens penalties for violators and allows Sedivet as a show-day medication.

Video Shows Alleged Horse Abuse At Whitesboro cutting

An incident of alleged horse abuse at a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)-approved event Saturday, July 15, near Whitesboro, Texas, on Tuesday continued to attract attention from people in the industry. Recently, a Quarter Horse News(QHN) staff member was given the chance to watch two short cell phone videos said to be of the event in question.

Finding Common Ground

stacy-pigott-little-rocket-andyMy first horse, Little Rocket AndyLast month, I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 AQHA Convention in Houston, Texas. This isn’t the first year I’ve been to the convention, but it is the first year I was able to stay for its entirety – from the opening comments to the closing remarks, and everything in between.

My favorite part of the convention had to be Friday afternoon’s forum, which was dedicated to equine welfare. Dr. Tom Lenz, of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), gave a presentation on the science and emotion of equine welfare. I wish it were possible to put his entire presentation in print form, so all of you could read what he had to say.