The USPA is committed to keeping our equine partners in the best health to allow for safe and fun participation for both horse and rider. The following policies have been put in place to ensure horses enter tournaments in the best health.
All horses appearing in a USPA I/I Preliminary, Regional, or National tournament, playing or umpiring, must provide proof of a negative coggins test and a current health paper to the USPA two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. Coggins and Health Papers need to be current through the completion of travel at the end of the tournament.
All horses will be scheduled for a Pre-Tournament Horse Inspection to be completed by the onsite veterinarian and any HTC members present. Horses will be Body Condition Scored (Henneke Scale) and checked for soundness. Horses must be within the 4-6 range on the BCS to be allowed to compete and/or umpire. Any horse(s) the veterinarian and/or HTC deems unfit to play, will be removed from the string. At completion of visual and Body Condition Scoring, horses will then perform a jog. Trotting in a straight line away from the committee, a left hand turn, straight past the committee, to a right hand turn, back to the committee.
An onsite vet will be provided for all Regional and National games.
I/I Shipping Guidelines
0 to 100 miles- complete travel 2 hours before game time
100 to 200 miles- complete travel 4 hours before game time
200 to 300 miles- complete travel 12 hours before game time
300 to 600 miles- complete travel 24 hours before game time
If shipping over 600 miles – a request must be sent to Emily Dewey at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two (2) weeks before the scheduled tournament date. A detailed, round trip travel plan must be included, outlining travel times, layovers for horses to be off of the trailer, and planned travel dates. All requests will be sent to the NHTC for approval.
At the completion of the tournament horses should be given time to recuperate following their last game and before their return shipment.
2021 Equine Drugs and Medications Rules
USPA Equine Welfare Incident Report Form
USPA Body Condition Scoring Chart
Equine Welfare Guidelines (Second Edition)
Purchase Copies of the Equine Welfare Guidelines Book online