With a special focus on horse and rider safety, the USEF has published new guidelines with penalties for unacceptable conduct.  Topics listed on the USEF site include:

  • Excessive Use of Whip or Spurs and Improper Use of Bits;
  • Illegal Equipment;
  • Cruelty/Abuse/Neglect – Includes excessive riding, lunging, training and showing, deprivation of water and feed, striking with an object, unintentional death, and violations of the 12 hour injection rule involving forbidden substances for purpose of competition;
  • Death and Maiming – Includes acts in which the death of a horse occurred, but was not intended; and
  • Death and Maiming – Includes acts in which the death of a horse occurred, but was not intended.

See the following link for details:  https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/usef-horse-welfare–safety-penalty-guidelines

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