Equine Welfare & Legislation


AQHA Animal Welfare Working Group Moving Forward with Objectives

August 16, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee recently approved three objectives established by the Association's Animal Welfare Working Group.

1.)   Develop a written commitment to be signed by AQHA and its alliance... Read More


Farm Animal Welfare Symposium Coming to Ohio State

August 13, 2009

Issues in farm animal welfare continue to be hotly debated across the United States, with many farm animal production practices under scrutiny. On October 16, a symposium on animal welfare at The Ohio State University will offer perspectives tha... Read More


Equestrian Federation Bans its President's Husband, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed, For Six Months

August 07, 2009

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) banned its president's husband--Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed--from riding in endurance races for six months after his horse twice failed doping tests.

Sheikh Mohammed accepted the suspension based... Read More


Horse in the UK Slashed With Knife

August 07, 2009

In an article on thenorthernecho.co.uk comes a report of a valuable show horse that was attacked in his field and cut by a knife in County... Read More


HSUS Releases List of Humane Options for Disposal of Horse Remains

August 04, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a national list of humane resources for horse owners making end-of-life arrangements for their equine companions.

"Providing a humane, dignified death for your horse is simply... Read More


Cutting Horse Costs a Focus of UK Welfare Group Publications

July 23, 2009

The UK's National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) has produced two new brochures on responsible horse management in response to the high number of requests for help that their members are receiving from horse owners struggling... Read More


Proposed Mongolian Horse Race Raises Welfare Concerns

July 11, 2009

A planned horse race over the Mongolian Steppes has raised the ire of several equestrian groups concerned about the welfare of the more than 700 horses that will take part in the 1,000-kilometer Mongolian Derby.

The League of Adventurists... Read More


26,000-Year-Old Horse on Display at Canadian Museum

July 10, 2009

In September 1993, placer miners working a claim in the Klondike found a fossil that has been radiocarbon dated and identified as a 26,000-year-old Yukon horse that once roamed the plains of Eastern Beringia (an area encompassing parts of... Read More


'Welfare of the Horse' Forum Available on H-SPAN

July 05, 2009

On June 16 the American Horse Council held "The Welfare of the Horse" forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum, sponsored by Luitpold, was held as part of the AHC's National Issues Forum and featured speakers from segments of the horse community as... Read More


Kentucky International Equine Summit Dates Set

July 03, 2009

The second Kentucky International Equine Summit (KIES), sponsored by the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville in cooperation with the University of Kentucky’s Equine Initiative, will be held April 26 and 27, 2010, in Lexington... Read More


Equitation Science Meeting to Focus on Horse Sport and Welfare

June 22, 2009

International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the fifth Equitation Science Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial... Read More


NRHA Offers Expert Training for Reiners in Europe

June 22, 2009

The National Reining Horse Association is offering a one-day clinic for reining horse enthusiasts, where participants can receive one-on-one training from two of the world’s top NRHA professionals, Bernard and Ann Fonck. The 2009 NRHA Regional... Read More


AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

June 17, 2009

Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses.

The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole... Read More


USEF Names Zimecterin Gold, Equioxx as Official Products

June 11, 2009

Two leading Merial Brand Products have been named official products of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Zimecterin Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel) and Equioxx (firocoxib) were recently added as official USEF deworming and pain... Read More


AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

June 03, 2009

The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare.

The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year'... Read More


Vet in Cobra Venom Case Sues Racing Commission

June 01, 2009

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations including possession of cobra venom, has filed a suit in Franklin (Kentucky) Circuit Court alleging that the... Read More


DLF International Seeds to Provide Grass Seed for the 2010 WEG

May 27, 2009

The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced that DLF International Seeds will become a supplier to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010.

The World Equestrian... Read More


Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists

May 15, 2009

Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that... Read More


Charity Releases Healthy Horse Guide for Tourists

May 11, 2009

The Brooke Hospital for Animals, a UK equine welfare charity that operates across 10 countries in Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East, has released guidelines for tourists utilizing the services of working animals while on holiday... Read More


Loomix Equine Plant is First to be AFIA Certified

May 07, 2009

The equine production facility of Cattleman's Choice Loomix, LLC in Johnstown, CO has become the first equine health production facility to be certified by the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program administered by the American Feed Industry... Read More


HSUS, Doris Day to Develop Horse Rescue and Adoption Center

May 05, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced plans to develop a Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Thanks to a donation of $250,000 by the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the new... Read More


Cross-Country Walk Draws Attention to Equine Welfare

April 03, 2009

A Colorado woman is walking from Newark, Del., to Long Beach, Calif., in an effort to urge lawmakers and others to help the nation's unwanted horses. Kristina Kremer set out March 14 on the slow journey she expects to finish this fall.... Read More


Bankruptcy: Can I Keep My Horse?

April 02, 2009

What happens to the horses if their owner declares bankruptcy? ... Read More


ASPCA Grants $10K for Equine Sanctuary Inspections

March 11, 2009

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has granted $10,000 to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). The funds will support the GFAS Equine Sanctuary Site Inspection program.

GFAS helps sanctuarie... Read More


Evidence Shows Horses Domesticated Earlier Than Thought

March 08, 2009

Research indicates the Botai culture, on the steppes of what is now northern Kazakhstan, domesticated horses about 5,500 years ago. That's 1,000 years earlier than was previously believed.

According to an article in the Read More