AQHA UK Welfare
During 2016 AQHA-UK have unfortunately received 3 linked welfare complaints. Following investigation and offers of support from the Association we had no choice but to pass the information to the RSPCA for further action to be taken through the proper channels. Whilst this is on-going we are bound by confidentiality but at such a time when/if we are informed of the results of any official case we will publish the findings to our members and take appropriate action with regard to both AQHA and AQHA UK’s responsibilities to uphold the AQHA Animal Welfare Statement.
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. We encourage all our members to become familiar with AQHA’s Animal Welfare Statement which you can find on our website, so that we can educate everyone as to what kind of behaviours are not acceptable and will not be tolerated by the Association. Should you witness any act that you feel constitutes a violation of the statement, or even anything not contained therein, but you feel impinges on the welfare of a Quarter Horse then we ask for you to please contact AQHA-UK 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 cases from occurring in the first place. Alongside ensuring the presence of Welfare Officers at events, 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.
From the AQHA rule book