AQUA UK Welfare

AQHA-UK are strongly motivated to keep our sport and the actions of our members clean, thus ensuring that the welfare of Quarter Horses in the UK, both at home and at events, is held to the highest possible standards.


  • Since 2016 we are pleased to say that AQHA-UK have had no welfare issues reported to us.
  • In 2018 and 2019 at our Championship Show, we appointed an independent Welfare Officer, who was also a qualified AQHA Professional Horseman. His role was to monitor and advise owners, competitors and their horses throughout the show. This proved to be a very positive experience for all those involved and we hope to be able to continue this at future events. 
  • In addition to our own and AQHA’s Animal Welfare Rules, we are now also governed by The Showing Council’s Animal Welfare Policy since our affiliation in 2019.

We encourage all our members to become familiar with all the Animal Welfare Policies provided by AQHA-UK, AQHA and The Showing Council (see links below), so that we can educate everyone as to what kind of behaviours are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Should you witness or become aware of any act that you feel constitutes a violation of these policies, or even anything not contained therein, but you feel impinges on the welfare of a Quarter Horse and/or has been carried out by an AQHA-UK member, then we ask for you to please contact us with as much information relating to the incident as possible. Your complaint will be treated with the utmost confidentiality whilst we investigate further and then if necessary take whatever action is deemed appropriate.

Whilst the above is all about dealing with the consequences of welfare cases we are also dedicated to preventing these issues from occurring in the first place. As a member of AQHA-UK, should you be encountering any issues that are interfering with your ability to provide sufficient care for your Quarter Horses please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will endeavour to provide you with advice and support to try to help you out of a situation before a welfare case arises.

Please note that AQHA-UK are primarily a Breed Association and not a Welfare Association, so whilst we can monitor and investigate welfare complaints regarding Quarter Horses within the UK, our powers to legally enforce any punishments beyond rescinding membership privileges are very limited. We are therefore reliant upon reporting as much information as possible to AQHA in the USA or the RSPCA in the UK who can record findings and enforce suitable actions.