New industry rules intended to improve horse welfare by decreasing whipping frequency might actually go against the principles of operant training and, specifically, negative reinforcement, one equitation scientist says.
Misinterpretations (believing a horse is happy when in fact he’s depressed, for example) could cause these future professionals to miss signs of poor welfare and put themselves at risk of injury (if they perceive an agitated horse as playful, for instance).
The USDA said some horse industry organizations failed to find any soring violations when federal inspectors were not present at Tennessee Walking Horse shows and events.
The American Horse Council (AHC) 2018 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place June 10–13 in Washington D.C.
Presenters will speak on pre-race examinations, on-track protocols, test barn best practices, technology resources, biosecurity, and more.
Researchers found that young people recognized signs of poor horse welfare in common training practices as well as adult experts did.
The Florida laboratory is poised to become the 10th racing testing laboratory to receive full RMTC accreditation.
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