Equine Welfare: One European Perspective (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

The horse industry in the United States is not the only one dealing with an equine welfare problem. Some European countries are also facing challenges in assuring all horses have a good quality of life, according to Joe Collins, MVB, PhD, MRCVS, ... Read More


Equine Welfare Council Discuss Options for Addressing Unwanted Horses

January 20, 2011

The Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council (EHWC) met January 19 in Frankfort to discuss the future of the unwanted horse in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rusty Ford, chairman of the council,, presided over the meeting that included members... Read More


Horses Relocated From Montana Sanctuary

January 13, 2011

Eighty horses are among hundreds of animals receiving veterinary and other care after being relocated from an animal sanctuary in Montana. Prior to their relocation, the horses were among 1,200 animals (including 650 llamas, two camels, several pot ... Read More


TCA Auction Raises Nearly $1.7 Million

January 10, 2011

The 21st annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction raised a gross amount of nearly $1.7 million during a three-day telephone auction and a live auction held Jan. 8 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.
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Commentary: Sound Advice for Future Retired Racehorses

January 05, 2011

As 2010 came to a close, so did the racing career of a highly celebrated Thoroughbred racehorse named Zenyatta. She is retired now, and after more than three years and 20 races, she walked away from the track completely sound. This fact alone should ... Read More


500th Horse Retired by Pennsylvania Racehorse Retirement Program

January 04, 2011

Turning For Home, the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association racehorse retirement program, recorded its 500th retiree when the mare Pumped left the track at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., for the last time on Dec. 24. A 6-year-old daughter ... Read More


Expanding the Effort

January 01, 2011

I believe that, in their hearts, every true horseman would like to see the perceived need for equine slaughter eliminated, even those who support it as the only practical way to deal with "unwanted" horses in America. Now, a unique opportunity... Read More


Financial Grants Awarded to Horse Rescues

December 18, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has distributed financial grants to more than 30 equine rescue groups. The grants were made possible by a horseback riding fundraiser organized by the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA)... Read More


Connections of Breeders' Cup Starters Pledge to Give Back

November 04, 2010

After raising $47,000 in pledges from the 2009 Breeders' Cup, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is well on its way to doing the same--if not more--this year.... Read More


Arizona Registry Lists Horse Rescues

November 01, 2010

Rescue operators in Arizona whose organizations meet specific corporate and care standards can now register with the state Department of Agriculture for inclusion in an online listing of sanctioned equine rescues in that state. Arizona... Read More


Unwanted Horses: Rescue and Sanctuary Organizations Unable to Keep Up

October 07, 2010

Each year there are about 100,000 unwanted horses in the United States, too many for the registered equine rescue and sanctuary groups to handle, according to a recent survey by researchers at the University of California, Davis. They found that th... Read More


Considerations When Purchasing or Adopting an Ex-Racehorse for Sport

September 30, 2010

Thoroughbreds that have retired from the racetrack often transition into sport horse careers, but prospective ... Read More


Some Seized Kansas Horses Ready for New Homes

September 07, 2010

More than 40 of the 80 horses removed from a Kansas equine rescue in July are available for placement in new permanent homes. Sheriff's deputies and veterinarians removed the horses from the Winding Road Equine Rescue and Retirement facility on July... Read More


'Missing' Horses: Where Lies Responsibility?

July 12, 2010

A growing network of horse rescue operations, anti-slaughter policies at racetracks, and other industry equine welfare initiatives have taken root in Thoroughbred racing, but keeping track of where horses go when they’re finished racing r... Read More


Auction Info Added to Tattoo ID Services

June 16, 2010

The Jockey Club has added access to the auction sales history of identified Thoroughbreds as part of its Tattoo Identification Services. According to a news release, the Tattoo Identification Services link on The Jockey Club website has been vi... Read More


Scholarships Aid 32 Students Committed to Equine Medicine

June 11, 2010

Thirty-two veterinary students following a career path in equine medicine have received financial support through The Winner's Circle Scholarship Program. The program, sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Platinum... Read More


400 Horses Adopted Via The

June 11, 2010

Mel was lucky horse No. 400. The 13-year-old, 13-hand black Paso Fino gelding was recently adopted by a woman in Lincoln, Neb., making him the 400th horse to be adopted via The Horse. "He left my house on the 14th of May on a Friday night an... Read More


Rescued Horses: Looking For A Universal Companion

June 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us how to choose rehabilitation companions for rescued horses.... Read More


Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... Read More


Horse Rescues Reach Out to Trainers, Owners

March 22, 2010

With 150 horses currently under care and placement requests on the rise, operators of the Grace Foundation of Northern California hope trainers can help some horses find permanent homes.

The Honoring Equines for Life Project (HELP) R... Read More


Horse Adoption Event at Kentucky Horse Park in April

March 12, 2010

Three years ago, in response to the plight of abused and neglected horses across the state, the Kentucky Horse Park created the John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair to provide assistance to organizations involved in rescuing them.Read More


MSPCA Seeking Foster Homes for Horses

February 25, 2010

Following a record number of horses surrendered to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm, additional equines are arriving at an alarming rate as the non-profit absorbs rising costs of care. Re... Read More


301 Horses Adopted Via Service

February 23, 2010

More than 300 free horses have found new homes through the free listing service provided by since its launch in November 2008.

Originally created to help place Thoroughbreds in new homes, Standardbred listings were added... Read More


ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption Names New President

February 10, 2010

ReRun, a non-profit Thoroughbred adoption program, announced Feb. 10 that Jane Gilbert has been elected as its new president.

A lifelong horsewoman, Gilbert lives on a 36-acre farm in Titusville, N.J., where she and her husband breed... Read More


MSPCA Overwhelmed by Surrendered Horses

February 05, 2010

Horse surrenders throughout New England have reached a critical point, said the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Horse owners are battling the high costs of feed, hay, and stabling amidst a poor economy. T... Read More