All members please read. UPHA statement on HPA
Many members of the United Professional Horseman's Association (UPHA) are aware of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was created primarily to end the practice of "soring" in some parts of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse Industries (all non-United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) regulated breeds). The UPHA remains dedicated to upholding the highest standard of equine welfare, and remains opposed to any and all practices that are designed to inflict pain or cause distress to horses, including the practice of "soring". However, some of the proposed changes to the HPA have prompted some questions about unclear language used that would potentially include other breeds.
The United Professional Horseman's Association (UPHA), American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), and American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS ) will be sending representatives to the Public Hearing held Tuesday, September 6, at the APHIS Headquarters in Maryland. The UPHA, ASHA, and AHHS have been working with the USEF and the American Horse Council (AHC) to lobby the USDA to add clarifying language regarding their proposed rule changes to the HPA. Our main objective is to exclude trotting breeds (ASB, Hackney, Morgan, Arabian) from the regulation in order to eliminate any question about the application of these regulations to the ASB, Hackney, Morgan, and Arabian breeds.
Another area of concern is the prohibition of pads, wedges, or hoof bands (section 11.2 a. 2.) This would cause unintended consequences that would be detrimental to the health and soundness of some horses. These items are used for therapeutic purposes, aid in the comfort of the horse, add balance to their natural way of moving which aids in the prevention of leg injuries, and can help address issues in older horses, such as arthritis. We are enlisting the assistance of farriers, veterinarians, and other related experts to help educate the USDA/APHIS on these issues.
We encourage the membership to comment on the proposed changes to the HPA, specifically citing that all trotting breeds be excluded from this regulation, by clicking the link below:
Comments are received until September 26, 2016
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The ASHA is excited to announce that the new “Breed Ambassador Program” was unanimously approved by the ASHA Board on May 11, and information and materials are now available for download for immediate use.(program details, points, charter clubs regional listings) Any Saddlebred promotional activity done during the calendar year WILL be counted, retroactive to January 1, 2015. The ASHA Breed Ambassador Program seeks to recognize and reward the many things members are already doing to introduce our beautiful horses to the non-Saddlebred public by giving points for activities like taking a Saddlebred to an open breed show, riding in parades, conducting a seminar, riding in organized all-breed trail rides, giving public riding lessons, holding camps, putting on shows, garnering media attention, and much more. We recognize that different methods work in different areas, and that not all regions have the same type of equine activities or even Saddlebred populations, but members are not limited by discipline or access to ASB-specific clubs or events. Additionally, there will be Breed Ambassadors in three different categories: Individual, Barn Group, or Charter Club. Read more.