By American Farriers Journal

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will publish names of those breaking the organization’s rules pertaining to inhumane treatment and unsportsmanlike conduct.

AQHA announced it will periodically publish news releases on its website regarding the offenders, as well as recommendations approved by the executive committee.

“Ensuring the humane treatment of the American Quarter Horse remains a priority for the 2016-17 AQHA Executive Committee,” says Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “It is the responsibility of the association to educate members and non-members on this issue while continuing to review and improve current AQHA rules regarding animal welfare to assure that we continue to put our horse first.”

The AQHA executive committee also determined that:

• AQHA will develop a resource document outlining the steps members can take when they call AQHA with an animal abuse complaint.

• AQHA will work collaboratively with the American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation and the American Horse Council to develop biosecurity isolation protocol guidelines to include vaccination guidelines that could be implemented at AQHA-approved shows.

• AQHA will amend its rule that prohibits the use of dye or other substances to alter or hide natural markings to also include the prohibition of dye to hide abuse.

• AQHA will prohibit the use of belly bands at AQHA events starting June 1, 2016.