All MWHA events adhere to the requirements of the Horse Protection Act.

Horses are to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion.

Horses are expected to be presented as sound in both body and mind, being stimulant, tranquilization and local anesthetic free.

The preferred way of going is natural, correct, and without exaggeration.

Handlers and riders are expected to use training techniques and equipment that conform to the highest humane standards as recognized by the general equestrian community.

Participants in MWHA events have a duty to conduct themselves in an orderly, responsible, and sportsmanlike manner.

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This statement was approved at the January 26, 2019 General Membership Meeting of the Minnesota Walking Horse Association.