Equine Welfare & Legislation

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Colorado Man Sentenced in Barn Arson Case

January 14, 2011

A Colorado man was sentenced on Jan. 12 to serve more than 10 years in prison in connection with a barn fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9, 2010. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were r... Read More

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Readers Resolve to do Better in 2011

January 04, 2011

More than 330 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Did you fulfill for your horsey resolution for 2010?"... Read More

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South Carolina Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

January 04, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Spartanburg County, S.C., are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a Tennessee Walking Horse residing in a pasture in Inman. According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy's report, the owner discovered the... Read More

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HSUS Releases 2010 Humane State Ranking

December 31, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released its second annual "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with horses, pets, animal cruelty and fighting, farm ... Read More

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ELCR Strengthens Leadership Team

December 31, 2010

The Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) has made strategic moves to strengthen the organization and its leadership team through the addition of two individuals to the board of directors, Ken Haddad of Florida and Susan Harding of Maryland, and ... Read More

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Readers and Their Horses Get Into the Holiday Spirit

December 21, 2010

Exactly 740 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What are your horse's favorite holiday treats?"... Read More

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Bluegrass Equine Digest: A Year in Review

December 20, 2010

Now in its 19th issue, the Bluegrass Equine Digest continues to provide the latest news on equine research at the University of Kentucky (UK) for the benefit of horse owners all across the country. The UK Equine Initiative (which represents all ... Read More

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Horse Welfare Wars: When Emotion and Fact Collide (AAEP 2010)

December 16, 2010

Equine welfare and the growing population of horses needing homes are quickly becoming some of the major challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis, according to Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, who ... Read More

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Horse Aid Live and Equine Health & Welfare Alliance Form Partnership

December 12, 2010

Horse Aid Live (HAL) and Equine Health and Welfare Alliance (EHWA) have formed a partnership to offer more resources for aiding the unwanted, homeless, and at-risk horse populations.

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Veterinarian's Oath Revised to Stress Importance of Animal Welfare

December 10, 2010

The AVMA has revised the Veterinarian's Oath to stress the importance of animal welfare... Read More

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Car Forces Horse into Storm Drain, Rider Escapes Injury

December 09, 2010

A horse is dead after being forced off a road and into a storm drain by a passing car. The accident occurred on Dec. 4 when a speeding car reportedly forced 100-year-old rider Bert Bonnett and his Missouri Fox Trotter mare, Cassie, from the road ...... Read More

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AAEP 2010: International Welfare Group Receives Lavin Cup

December 07, 2010

An international organization that aims to end the suffering of thousands of working equids in impoverished regions worldwide received the 2010 Lavin Cup today. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) gives this equine welfare ...... Read More

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Tennessee Walking Horse Organization Resists USDA Mandate

December 02, 2010

PRIDE, a Kentucky-based Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Organization (HIO), has declined to include new USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Horse Protection Act (HPA) enforcement regulations in its 2011 horse show rule book ...... Read More

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KEMI Designated as Horse Mania Auction Beneficiary

November 24, 2010

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program will benefit from the sale of the Horse Mania 2010 horse "Cloisonneigh", which was sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, at the Dec. 3 Keeneland Sales Pavilion auction.

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USPC Riding Center Program Approved as a Permanent Program

November 19, 2010

At the United States Pony Club (USPC) Board of Governors meeting November 6-7, 2010, the Pony Club Riding Center Program was approved by a unanimous vote to become a permanent program. This approval comes after a five-year 'beta' period... Read More

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Horse Hauler Charged with Animal Cruelty

November 19, 2010

A truck driver is facing animal cruelty charges in Kansas after two horses he was transporting fell inside their livestock trailer and were later euthanized. On Oct. 31, John Caldwell of Wetumka, Okla., was hauling 15 horses ...... Read More

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ELCR Reports Success in Equine Land Conservation Efforts

November 16, 2010

Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is a national nonprofit working to advance the conservation of land for horse-related activity. In the past three years ELCR has aided in the conservation plans for 44,237 acres and 985 miles of trail ...... Read More

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Horses' Behavior and Welfare Negatively Impacted by Low-Fiber Diets

November 16, 2010

Despite the fact that horses evolved on a forage-based diet that is high in fiber and low in calories, some horse owners and trainers just can't resist feeding a low-fiber, calorie-dense diet. ... Read More

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Louisiana Horse Shooter Sought

November 15, 2010

Law enforcement authorities in Louisiana are seeking those responsible for shooting a horse found wandering and wounded in Caddo Parish this past weekend. Sgt. Doyle Smith of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department said workers at the Kansas City ...... Read More

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USDA: Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Announced

November 15, 2010

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to move swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations. ... Read More

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KHRC: Life At Ten Investigation Continuing

November 09, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said Nov. 8 it is "continuing its inquiry" into the circumstances surrounding the performance of Life At Ten in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.... Read More

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Arrest Made in Lexington Barn Vandalism Case

November 08, 2010

A juvenile faces criminal mischief charges in connection with the alleged vandalism of a horse barn in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend.... Read More

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Maryland Horse Rescue Recieves ASPCA Award

November 08, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has awarded this year's Henry Bergh award to Kathleen Schwartz-Howe and Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. ... Read More

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Auditors Recommend Overhaul of HPA Enforcement Protocol

November 02, 2010

The current system for examining animals for signs of soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows would be dismantled if recommendations contained in the results from a new USDA Office of Inspector General audit are adopted. ... Read More

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Judge Allows Colorado Mustang Gather

October 25, 2010

A federal court judge has denied wild horse advocates' motion for an injunction to prevent a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang gather in Colorado. The BLM began gathering wild horses that had moved outside of the ... Read More