Equine Welfare & Legislation


Time to Retire?

May 27, 2017

Find out when and how to transition your horse from the show ring to a more leisurely lifestyle.... Read More


Equitation Science Society Position on Training Techniques

May 26, 2017

The International Equine Science Society released a statement on techniques that could compromise horse welfare.... Read More

Apple, an Appaloosa pony, received his vaccinations and health exam by a Ross University veterinary student while his owner provides general information.


Applying Research Knowledge During Equine Wellness Clinics

May 25, 2017

A PhD student describes her recent experience applying her research skills during an equine community outreach event.... Read More


Maine Bill Could Wave Animal Surrender Fees

May 20, 2017

Alleged animal abusers could also avoid consequences by signing an affidavit banning future animal ownership.... Read More


AQHA Executive Committee Approves Welfare Recommendations

May 18, 2017

Recommendations include adding to the forbidden drugs or substances list, creating educational efforts, and more.... Read More

Working horses undergo treatment for the fungal disease epizootic lymphangitis (EZL) at the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad veterinary clinic in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. Both animals' limbs are affected, but the horse on the left also suffers from facial lesions.


New Test Could Improve EZL Diagnosis in Working Equids

May 04, 2017

The new test could lead to faster, low-cost diagnosis and enable better treatment and management.... Read More


Indoor Arena Dust: Damaging to Horse and Rider

April 26, 2017

Dusty arenas could be compromising your respiratory health, right along with your horse's.... Read More


Ohio Man Charged With Animal Cruelty

April 19, 2017

An Ohio man is facing charges after his horse was discovered missing a leg.... Read More

Panelists at the FEI Sports Forum session on eventing risk management (L-R): Sam Watson and Diarmuid Byrne, EquiRatings; David O'Connor, chair of the FEI Risk Management Working Group; and Giuseppe Della Chiesa, chair of the FEI Eventing Committee.


Horse, Human Welfare Focus of Day Two of FEI Sports Forum

April 12, 2017

Panelists presented scientific data on eventing risk management, endurance risk factors, and bone fatigue.... Read More


LSU Receives Grant to Support Large Animal Shelter Program

April 09, 2017

The ASPCA grant will help enhance disaster planning and response, and expand services in underserved areas, and more.... Read More

Your veterinarian will help create a vaccination plan to keep your horse's immune system strong. What's right for your horse depends on his age, health history, and exposure to other animals, as well as your location.


Fixing Treatment Aversion in Horses

April 02, 2017

An equine behaviorist offers tips on managing potentially stressful situations to which horses might react adversely.... Read More


Special Shirt, Girth Help Evaluate Horse, Human Interaction

March 31, 2017

Riders might soon be able to monitor their horses' physiological emotional responses and compare them with their own.... Read More


Petitioners Ask Trump to Lift UDSA Anti-Soring Rule Freeze

March 30, 2017

The USDA rule was one of several regulations approved but ultimately frozen after the administration change in January.... Read More


First International Racehorse Aftercare Forum Set for May

March 30, 2017

The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses will hold its first conference May 17-18, in Washington, D.C.... Read More


Researchers Look to the Numbers to Improve Equine Welfare

March 30, 2017

Scientists looked at four years of data to try to predict facilities' compliance with animal welfare legislation.... Read More


USEF, AERC Issue Joint Statement on Endurance Horse Welfare

March 19, 2017

The groups expressed "alarm over continued disproportionate equine deaths, equine doping, and catastrophic injuries."... Read More


Equine Charities Unite to Put Welfare Policy Into Practice

March 18, 2017

Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA, and World Horse Welfare will help implement global working equid welfare standards.... Read More


Rate of Fatal Thoroughbred Racing Injuries Declines Again

March 16, 2017

The fatal injury rate in Thoroughbred racehorses declined for a fourth consecutive year and has dropped 23% since 2009.... Read More


Study Reveals Working Donkey Pain Behavior

March 16, 2017

Researchers have confirmed that donkeys have far more subtle ways of expressing pain than horses.... Read More


New Rule Tightens Canadian Horse Processing Imports

March 15, 2017

Regulations would require horses imported from the U.S. to be held in Canadian feedlots for a minimum of 6 months.... Read More


More Than 40 Horses Seized From New York Farm

March 11, 2017

The allegedly maltreated horses are among 150 animals investigators seized from the Watertown, New York, farm.... Read More


Kentucky Equine Welfare Measure Advances

March 09, 2017

The legislation requires those convicted of equine cruelty to pay restitution for the animals' care.... Read More


Can Sport Horse and Racehorse Practice Be Ethical?

March 02, 2017

Practice can and should be ethical, but it's not always easy. Pressure applied by trainers or owners can be substantial.... Read More


2016 AAEP Convention Wrap-Up

February 22, 2017

Read our in-depth coverage of topics from the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention in Orlando.... Read More


HPA Inspection Reports Removed From APHIS Website

February 10, 2017

Going forward those seeking HPA inspection and enforcement information must submit a Freedom of Information Act request.... Read More