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changes to the HPA regulations are needed, such as replacing the ineff ective Designated Qualifi ed Person (DQP) program with a new independent inspection program. Additionally, because of a long history of utilizing action devices, stacks, weighted shoes, and foreign substances to sore horses, AHC believes that a ban of these items on Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses is justifi ed and necessary. However, the Horse Council believes it is

equally important that any new regulations be narrowly focused on the problem of soring and do not inadvertently impact or unnecessarily burden other segments of the horse show industry that have no history of soring horses.


While the American Farrier’s Association is commending the USDA for this eff ort to eradicate soring, it has also expressed serious concerns about several provisions. T e “Re-titling” of section 11.2 as “Prohibited actions, practices, devices, and substances” to prohibiting all (AFA emphasis) action devices, pads, and substances applied to a horse’s limbs. AFA leadership feels strongly that without specifi c qualifying language for the prohibited devices, this proposed revision would be much too broad and vague. For example, a horseshoe could be considered an action device, since a shod horse moves diff erently from a horse that is barefoot and various shoes have a greater infl uence on movement than others. And a pad can be applied with good reason to protect an unusually sensitive solar surface with the end result being a more comfortable horse rather than one previously in distress. Regarding paragraph #3 in references

cited below calling to remove the current provision in section 11.7(a)(2) which permits


farriers meeting the requirements currently contained within section 11.7 (a)(2) to serve as DQPs (to be renamed HPI’s) and state, instead,

in paragraph

(a) of revised 11.6 that only veterinarians and veterinary technicians may be licensed as HPIs. AFA leadership feels

strongly that due to the wide variance of expertise in equine podiatry among veterinarians, as opposed to farriers for whom this is their focus of training, it would be deeply concerning not to have an APHIS licensed farrier accompany a veterinarian at equine events where monitoring is indicated. Seeking the primary expert hoof care opinion from a veterinarian or veterinary technician who does not make hoof care their primary focus of practice is akin to asking a general practitioner in human medicine to evaluate a complex surgical procedure.


would be unthinkable. A highly competent farrier has extensive continued...

Congratulates Green Spring Valley Stable

on a successful Hunt Night at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show!

- Recipient of the “Polly” Gingrich Caswell Perpetual Trophy for Leading Lady Rider - Winner of the Ladies Hunter Under Saddle on Mary Ter Louw’s “Codependent”

10 | THE EQUIERY | NOVEMBER 2016 Al Cook Photography 800-244-9580 |

How the 2016 Elections Affect Maryland Horse People Not an exciting election for local and state politics, from the

Maryland horse industry’s perspective. No potential gubernatorial upset. No State Senate smackdown, no hotbed for the House. No referendums on controversial issues such as slots. On November 8, 2016, Marylanders will be focused on the federal elections and a grab bag variety of elections within Maryland, such as state and local judges and school boards. For the sanity of our readers, we are going to ignore the “top ballot” contest for president, instead casting a glance at the “down ballot.”

Senators & Congressmen Maryland has two Senatorial seats (as do all states) and eight

Congressional seats. Senator Barbara Mikulski is retiring and her seat is up for grabs. All of Maryland’s Congressmen are up for reelection: • Elijah Cummings (D, District 7) • John Delaney (D, District 6) • Donna Edwards (D, District 4) • Andy Harris (R, District 1) • Steny Hoyer (D, District 5) • Dutch Ruppersberger (D, District 2) • John Sarbanes, (D, District 3) • Chris Van Hollen (D, District 8) While we cannot bring you, in the confi nes of these pages, a

complete record of how these Congressmen have represented the horse industry on Capital Hill, we can report on recent positions that aff ect our community. In 2015, seven of Maryland’s eight Congressmen co-sponsored the

Prevent All Soring Tactics of 2015, HR 3268, all but Andy Harris. However, Congressman Andy Harris did co-sponsor an important bill for the horse industry, the Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (Season) Act H.R. 3918. And although she is retiring, it should be noted that Senator Barbara Mikulski co- sponsored the Senate version, Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2015, Senate Bill 2225. According to the American Horse Council, the bills would have made many needed reforms to the H-2B temporary, nonagricultural worker program. T e H-2B program is used by members of the horse industry, principally horse trainers and owners who cannot fi nd American workers to fi ll semiskilled jobs at racetracks, horse shows, fairs and in similar nonagricultural activities. However, on April 29, 2015, the

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