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

Congress Members Ask for Anti-Soring Rule Approval

Passed before Trump's administration took office, a clerical error led to the rule being put on hold, pending review. Read More

Senators Ask USDA to Restore Records on APHIS Website

The senators say the public has the right to know if the Horse Protection Act has been violated and by whom. Read More

BLM Calls Wild Horse Slaughter Article 'Fake News'

The BLM said its policy is to not slaughter horses "and there has been no congressional direction to the contrary." Read More

Louisiana Veterinarian Accused of Doping Racehorses

Dr. Kyle Hebert allegedly supplied trainers with dermorphin, saying the drug would make horses "focus and run faster." Read More

Reward Offered for Information About Utah Horse Shooting

Authorities hope a $10,000 cash reward will help identify those responsible for shooting a horse in a pasture in Roy. Read More

HPA Inspection Reports Removed From APHIS Website

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

BLM, University of Wyoming Begin Wild Horse Movement Study

Researchers will place GPS collars on up to 30 mares to study migration patterns and herd movements. Read More

Narrow Escape: Caring for Equine Barn Fire Survivors

Just because a horse survives a barn fire doesn't mean he's out of harm's way. Read More

Kentucky Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

Authorities have seized 14 horses and several rabbits from her Trimble County property. Read More

Buchanan, Blumenauer to Co-Chair Animal Welfare Caucus

Reps. Vern Buchanan and Earl Blumenauer will head the group intended to educate legislators on animal welfare issues. Read More

Owner Pleads Not Guilty in Colorado Horse Cruelty Case

A Colorado woman accused of maltreating more than 60 horses has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges. Read More

Horses Killed in Texas Rodeo Incidents

Two bucking horses died in separate incidents at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Read More

Reward Offered in Florida Show Horse Theft

An 11-year old Andalusian mare named Deseada was reported missing from a Miami-Dade property on Jan. 19. Read More

Anti-Soring Rule Suspended in Trump Administration Freeze

The rule is among a litany of new regulations pending review by the new administration and its department secretaries. Read More

Woman Charged in Colorado Horse Seizure

Penny Gingerich has been charged with 64 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Read More

Arkansas Man to Serve 10 Years in Horse Shooting Case

Brandon Mitchell will spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a horse last year. Read More

Colorado Horse Herd Seized

Law enforcement authorities seized 63 horses from a property in Penrose last week. Read More

Miami-Dade County Seeks Custody of Allegedly Abused Horse

A man was charged with animal cruelty in connection to riding the underweight horse from South Carolina to Florida. Read More

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