Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Articles by Pat Raia

SAFE Act Reintroduced in Congress

The bill is the latest attempt to outlaw the purchase and transport of U.S. horses for slaughter. Read More

Walking Horse Group to Challenge USDA Rule

The legal team for FAST is preparing a response to the new rule which bans the use of action devices and pads or stacks. Read More

Chains, Stacks Banned in Walking Horse Training, Exhibition

A new rule prohibits the use of action devices, pads, and wedges, except for those used for therapeutic purposes. Read More

Show Horses Injured in Trailer Accident

Four horses were unhurt, two sustained minor cuts, and one sustained serious injuries. Read More

Flooding Displaces California, Nevada Horses

Heavy rains in California and flash floods in Nevada forced the evacuation of multiple horses. Read More

Authorities Ask Court to Transfer Control of ISPMB Horses

South Dakota state's attorneys asked that the horses be placed in the care of Fleet of Angels and Habitat for Horses. Read More

Horse Theft Charges Against Lawyer Dropped

The charges against Curtis Bostic have been dropped due to lack of probable cause. Read More

Plants That Kill

Minimize your horse's risk of ingesting a deadly plant by identifying and eliminating harmful species. Read More

Reward Offered in Alabama Horse Shooting

A Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred-cross was fatally shot in a Shelby County pasture last week. Read More

Miniature Horse Nearly Decapitated in Florida

The horse, whose throat had been cut, was found in a rural area near Naples. Read More

Tennessee Ponders Grant Award to Walking Horse Group

The grant could help fund a study aimed at developing objective ways to detect soring in Tennessee Walking Horses. Read More

South Carolina Man Accused of Horse Theft

Curtis Bostic was arrested in Kentucky for allegedly removing a horse from property in Breathitt County. Read More

Faith and Equine Welfare Share Long Connection

The connection between animal welfare and faith communities has deep roots. Learn how it can benefit equids in need. Read More

Investigator: Vet Buyers Carefully Before Selling a Horse

The warning was issued after officials discovered a horse's severed head floating in a drainage canal in Florida. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Remove Estray Horses at Fort Polk

The suit seeks to keep the Army from removing the horses that roam Louisiana's Fort Polk and Kisatchie National Forest. Read More

Kentucky Training Center Barn Fire Kills More Than 20 Horses

Lightning is being blamed for the fire at Mercury Equine Center that killed 18 yearlings and five horses of racing age. Read More

Wild Horse Advocates Ponder Zinke Nomination

Congressman Ryan Zinke was nominated for Secretary of the Interior; the BLM is within the Department of the Interior. Read More

Horses Perish in Colorado Barn Fire

More than a dozen horses were killed when fire swept through their Adams County barn this week. Read More

Auction of Seized ISPMB Horses Relocated

A barrage of harassing phone calls and other threats prompted the sale's relocation, officials said. Read More

Authorities Say No Wounded Horses Roaming Wildfire Region

Tennessee authorities said investigations have revealed no evidence to support such claims made on social media. Read More

Dozens of Horses Displaced by Smoky Mountain Wildfire

Some horses and ponies have been evacuated as their owners wait to see the full extent of the fire's damage. Read More

Arizona House Members Seek Salt River Herd Growth Control

The bipartisan group called for Salt River mares to be treated with porcine zona pellucida to manage herd growth. Read More

Arrest Ends Man's Nearly 700-Mile Horseback Ride

A man is facing charges for riding an allegedly maltreated horse from Greenwood, South Carolina, to Miami-Dade, Florida. Read More

Meet the U.S. Army Caisson Horses

These iconic horses serve an important role and receive meticulous consideration when it's time for them to retire. Read More

Florida Man Arrested for Selling Horsemeat

Manuel Coto-Martinez is facing multiple charges after selling horsemeat to undercover law enforcement officers. Read More