Please forgive my ignorance, I'm still relatively new to breed shows. My 11 year old daughter is the rider and we only show at local youth shows (although our main circuit is AQHA sanctioned).
I was reading a story earlier this month about a trainer who is suing AQHA. "Buck contends in his complaint that he is “prohibited from the acquisition of clients for the schooling of Quarter Horses for competitions held under the auspice of the AQHA because the Plaintiff will not use the abusive techniques required, condoned and sanctioned by AQHA in the schooling of horses for competition."
What I cannot figure out is what the actual abusive practices are. Is anyone familiar with this case? I know that there are bad trainers out there that abuse horses, but maybe I've been lucky and in the two years we've shown AQHA I have not been exposed to this.
From reading the legal filing...he objects to being forced to use a bit? And perhaps something about the gaits a horse is displaying that are placed? Am I even close?
Hopefully this link to the legal filing works:
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