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

Elk Blamed for Oregon Horse Death

While wildlife authorities believe an elk is responsible, some ranchers maintain that the animal was attacked by a wolf. Read More

Manufacturer Recalls Potentially Contaminated Horse Feed

Western Milling voluntarily recalled horse feed that could be contaminated with monensin, which is toxic to horses. Read More

Judge Rules Against New Mexico Horse Processing Plant

A judge has expanded a 2014 injunction to include the new owners of a plant that was once intended to process horses. Read More

Idaho Horse Owners to Get Emergency Help

Volunteers have devised a plan that allows first responders to them in to help move horses to evacuation sites. Read More

South Carolina Horse Death Investigated

Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding a horse that was shot, tied to a tree, and abandoned. Read More

Rescuers Cope With Influx of Horses Displaced by Wildfires

Horse rescuers and evacuation site personnel are managing hundreds of displaced horses in California. Read More

Toxic Weed Invading Florida Horse Pastures

Creeping indigo was once studied for its potential as a livestock feed, but can be deadly to horses. Read More

Reward Offered in Pony Mutilation Case

Idaho authorities hope a $30,000 reward will help them find whoever stole and mutilated a Shetland pony. Read More

Rood & Riddle Veterinarian Killed in Vermont Collision

Dr. Robert A. Agne died Monday, Sept. 7, when a car struck the bicycle he was riding. Read More

Additional Crundwell Inventory Seized

The latest items seized include embellished show shirts, a pair of ceramic horses, and a kangaroo skin. Read More

South Carolina Man Indicted for Animal Cruelty

Ronald Hevener was indicted for allegedly maltreating more than 20 Arabian horses at a Calhoun County farm. Read More

Hay Stores Sparked Fire at UC Davis Horse Barn

Hay was destroyed when fire swept through a storage structure, but an adjacent horse barn was untouched by the blaze. Read More

BLM Conducting Emergency Wild Horse Gather in Nevada

The BLM said it hopes to gather and provide feed and water to as many as 200 horses in declining body conditions. Read More

2015 Walking Horse Celebration Begins Amid Accusations

The HSUS alleged that trainers and grooms at ThorSport Farm sored horses, but the farm owner disputed the claims. Read More

California Man who Evaded Police Charged with Animal Cruelty

The man was charged with stealing the horse then overworking him during an extensive chase. Read More

NYPD Sued Over Alleged Horse Bite

A woman is suing the New York Police Department (NYPD) after a police horse allegedly bit her finger. Read More

Oklahoma Racetrack Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy

Remington Park has adopted a policy that denies stall space to those who sell retired racehorses for slaughter. Read More

Trainer Accused of Abusing Racehorses Pleads Not Guilty

Robert Dimmitt, the trainer accused of mutilating three racing Quarter Horses, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read More

Convicted SAU Horse Thief Approved for Parole

Jaci Jackson was approved on Aug. 13 and will remain incarcerated until prerelease requirements are met. Read More

Pennsylvania Racehorse Trainer Indicted

The Thoroughbred trainer was indicted on charges connected to illegally administering substances to racehorses. Read More

Man Charged for Allegedly Dragging Horse Behind ATV

The Oklahoma man allegedly dragged his horse because he was frustrated with the mare's disobedient behavior. Read More

Oklahoma Racehorse Trainer Accused of Animal Cruelty

The Quarter Horse trainer is facing charges after two horses allegedly died and another was injured while in his care. Read More

Welfare Group Gets Permanent Custody of Conroe Horses

A judge granted the Houston SPCA permanent custody of more than 200 horses seized from their owners. Read More

PAST Act Reintroduced into U.S. House

The bill would amend the Horse Protection Act to ban performance packages and stiffen soring penalties. Read More

Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Indicted for Alleged Assault

Jamie B. Lawrence is accused of using his truck to assault a woman demonstrating at a Tennessee Walking Horse show. Read More