NSBA rules apply to the treatment of horses at sanctioned events – specifically Rule 97 states that no person shall treat any horse in a cruel or inhumane manner. The rule further states that every horse at an NSBA-approved event shall, at all times, be treated humanely and with dignity, respect, and compassion.
Abuse is defined as an action, or failure to act, which a reasonable, prudent person, informed and experienced in the customs, accepted training techniques and exhibition procedures, or veterinary standards would determine to be cruel, abusive, inhumane or detrimental to the horse’s health. The rule lists some examples of conduct that the NSBA considers abusive, including tying a horse in a manner as to cause undue discomfort or distress in a stall, trailer, or when longeing or riding and intentional inhumane treatment which results in bleeding.
The NSBA Board voted unanimously to institute a $1,000 fine for a first time offense. Second time offenders will be penalized with a $2,000 fine and a thirty day suspension and third time abusers will be fined $3,000 and sat down for a year.
NSBA Executive Director Dianne Eppers says the NSBA wants to make it absolutely clear that the inhumane treatment of a horse will not be tolerated. “There should be no misunderstanding. People who are caught violating NSBA rules on the inhumane treatment of horses will be dealt with aggressively and penalized appropriately.”