I recently went to a show to watch some friends. It was a good size NRHA approved show. I noticed the trainer filling a needle to give to a horse shortly before going out. I was told "some drugs are acceptable to NRHA but not to AQHA". I was wondering what they are giving them?
like NRHAreiner said NRHA has no drug laws, while AQHA is very strict.
Reiners give their horses drugs to dose them down and a few dose them up, but not many. A lot of times reiners are so responsive that they can get so excited and react before you even ask them. They start predicting things.
I noticed its more common at the big futurities and I believe its to just chill the horse out a bit so they don't start getting ahead of you.
You have to be careful though because you sedate them too much and you won't be able to preform the manuvers correctly.
This is why I think NRHA doesn't have drug laws, first off I think its pretty common at the big shows like the NRHA Futurity and Derby, and not to mention if you drug them too much you mess yourself up anyways.
I myself don't want to show a drugged horse, so I don't drug my reiners. However, I can understand the want to on a horse you think you have lined up to win the NRHA futurity.