This proposed regulation alleges that it relies on an OIG (Office of Inspector General) report published September 2010, a document that is six years old. This proposed regulation offers to re-write existing regulations and add new regulations. It is 101 pages long. Given the length and complexity, we’ll be breaking it down into sections. Although […]


In other posts, we’ve discussed the Horse Protection Act and a couple of the accompanying Federal Regulations. Please keep in mind the the Horse Protection Act is a law passed by congress and can only be changed or amended by congress while Federal Regulations do not involve congress and are essentially mandatory requirements set forth […]


In 1976, the Horse Protection Act was amended to add a third party inspection service, which is currently known as the HIO (Horse Industry Organization) system or DQP (Designated Qualified Person) system. Specifically, the USDA was tasked with prescribing regulation requirements for the appointment by management of any horse show or sale persons qualified to […]

The Scar Rule, Federal Regulation 9 CFR 11.3

The scar rule applies to all horses born on or after October 1, 1975. Horses that do not meet the scar rule criteria are considered to be “sore”. That criteria is: (a) The anterior and anterior lateral surfaces of the fore pasterns must be free of bilateral granulomas, other bilateral pathological evidence of inflammation and […]

Federal Regulation, 9 CFR 11.4 – Inspection and Detention of Horses

Each horse owner, exhibitor, trainer or person having custody of, or responsibility for, any horse at any horse show, horse exhibition or horse sale or auction shall allow a USDA representative to reasonably inspect such horse at all times reasonable and places as designated by the USDA representative. Inspections may be required of any horse […]

Foreign Substance Federal Regulation

FOREIGN SUBSTANCE – 9 CFR 11.2 (c) All substances are prohibited on the extremities of any Tennessee Walking Horse or Racking Horse while being shown, exhibited, or offered for sale at any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction, except lubricants such as glycerine, petrolatum and mineral oil or mixtures thereof. In 2008, […]