Training Quality Assurance

TFTC LLC Industry Quality Standards 

TQA Purpose and Mission:

Training Quality Assurance (TQA) is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization focused on working with experts in the equine and ranching industry to set industry quality standards and certifications in training and selling horses to the public, as well as working on ranches where horsemanship, stockmanship and roping skills are required.

Training Quality Assurance (TQA) is a source of information to U.S. horse owners of how accepted scientific knowledge can be used to educate horse owners on training and selling horses to the public.  TQA guidelines are designed to help both the producer (horse trainer) and the consumer (horse trainer’s client).  In the same way the foundation of a house determines the safety and security of the future building, the “starting process” (First 2 Months) on a young horse should help to determine the safety and security of the future equine partner.  TQA is working with experts in the industry to set quality standards to help the consumer determine who is truly qualified to “start” their horse. To help set industry standards and guidelines for qualification the welding industry has the American Welding Society, the automotive industry has the Automotive Service Excellence and Riding Instructors have the Certified Horsemanship Association.  It is the goal and mission of Training Quality Assurance to help set standards and guidelines for training and selling horses to the public.

TQA Industry Quality Standards for 2-Months Training

1)  Good to catch 
2) Stand to saddle and accept bridle
3) Stand to get on (For an inexperienced rider)

4) Lope in a straight line away from the barn
5) Walk, trot and lope a circle both direction
6) Stop at a walk, trot and lope by asking with both reins.    

7) Pivot around an inside front foot (disengage hindquarters)
8) Use hindquarters to pull horse in reverse motion (stopping & backing)
9) Front feet and hind feet move together in a lateral motion (side pass/ two track)
10) Stop the inside hind foot and walk/pull the other feet forward around it. (roll back/ spin).
11) Vertical flexion 
12) Pickup feet 
13) Load in trailer
14) Stand quiet tied up  
15) Foundation applied to jobs (catered to discipline):  What will the owner do with them?
      - Open/ close gate, except rope/ tarp, track cow/roping dummy, cut flag, go over jump, cross
          water/ bridge, exposed to starting gate/track, crack whip, ext. ext.   

Ground Work/ Halter Training 



Callie Jo











Cami Ortloff 


 Luke  Olsen

Sale Horse Warm Up 



Evidence Based Horsemanship

TQA Score Sheets

Foundation Score Sheets    

     - Ground Work

Sale Horse Task Completions 

Fall Term

     - Ranch Roping 

Winter Term 

     - Feed Lot

     - Reining 

     - Fence Work  

Spring Term