Equine Welfare & Legislation

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Reward Offered in North Carolina Horse Shooting Incident

May 20, 2011

A $2,500 cash reward has been offered for information about a horse shooting at an equine therapy program in ... Read More

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HIOs Reach Penalty Recognition Accord

May 16, 2011

An agreement reached by 12 Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) could disqualify Horse Protection Act violators... Read More

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Plum Pretty All That in Kentucky Oaks

May 06, 2011

John Fort's Peachtree Stable's Plum Pretty fought off a late charge by St. John's River to win the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (the first jewel in the Filly Triple Crown) to win by a neck. Zazu rallied for third in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies ... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Law Journal Ranked in Top 100

April 20, 2011

The University of Kentucky College of Law journal Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Law (KJEANRL) was recently ranked one of the top 100 law journals of 2010 by the Washington and Lee University School of Law. This is a ... Read More

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Virginia Livestock Welfare Bill Becomes Law

April 19, 2011

A Virginia bill amending the state's animal welfare code to include specific horse care practices was signed into law in late March. HB 1541 requires horse owners to provide their animals with feed to prevent malnutrition, water to prevent ... Read More

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Mint Julep Cup Sales Benefit Equine Welfare Organization

April 11, 2011

Woodford Reserve bourbon is taking the traditional the mint julep to a new level by selling the world's most exclusive mint julep cup, proceeds of which will benefit The Heart of a Horse Foundation, whose mission is to maintain and stimulate the ... Read More

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Commentary: World Vet Year and the Horse

April 09, 2011

The year 2011 marks the 250th anniversary of the so-called "modern" veterinary profession.... Read More

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Nebraska Horse Processing Legislation Moving Forward

March 31, 2011

A Nebraska measure that could invite private-sector horse processing into that state drew closer to becoming law on March 30 when lawmakers voted it out of the first round of floor debates required to pass the legislation.
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Corey Johnsen Elected as Kentucky Equine Education Project Chairman

March 29, 2011

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) board of directors elected Corey Johnsen March 29 to serve as its chairman of the board. Johnsen replaces former Kentucky governor Brereton C. Jones, who resigned earlier this month. Johnsen, a resident of... Read More

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FEI: National Federations Request More Time to Review Restructuring Plans

March 14, 2011

Following requests from national federations, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has agreed to extend the period of consultation on new FEI Statutes that would allow for restructuring of the current FEI governance model. The vote on ... Read More

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Legislators Aim to End Shortage of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

March 10, 2011

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauds U.S. Senators Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, for introducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. The bipartisan legislation will help the country ... Read More

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Equine Welfare Issues: An Overview (AAEP 2010)

March 09, 2011

One of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. During a presentation at the 2010 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Midge Leitch, VMD, ... Read More

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Continued Endorsements for AHC National Welfare Code of Practice

March 07, 2011

The American Horse Council (AHC) announced March 4 that the American Riding Instructors Association, International Walking Horse Association, Texas Quarter Horse Association, and the United States Eventing Association have endorsed the AHC National... Read More

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Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund Distributes $10 Million

February 18, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) announced Feb. 18 that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund (KBIF) will distribute $10 million in awards to 1,398 breeders of winning horses in eligible races around the world in 2010. There were a total ... Read More

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Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

February 16, 2011

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute. Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said ... Read More

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Readers Discuss Equine Quarantine Practices

February 15, 2011

TheHorse.com asked, "Do you quarantine horses upon return from being off the farm?"... Read More

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Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

February 15, 2011

A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair. Ottawa County sheriff's ... Read More

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Electrolytes: Readers Split on Supplementing Horses' Water

February 08, 2011

TheHorse.com asked, "Do you supplement your horse's diet with electrolytes?"... Read More

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ASPCA Grants More Than $1 Million to Equine Groups in 2010

February 07, 2011

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced on Feb. 4 that it awarded $1,055,400 in the form of 93 grants to support equine rescue groups in 32 states in 2010. More than 32% of the grants awarded to equine groups ... Read More

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Grandin Discusses Animal Welfare at LSU

February 05, 2011

Temple Grandin, PhD, was the featured speaker at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) on Jan. 26 when she gave her presentation entitled, "Animals and Autism." She discussed proper handling of large animals, includ... Read More

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Kentucky State Representative Rick Nelson Receives Equine Heritage Award

February 03, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) recently introduced a new award, which recognizes public officials who make a significant contribution to keeping Kentucky's horse community vibrant and growing. The first recipient of this award--the KHC Equine... Read More

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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

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Kentucky Equine Research Launches Equinews.com

January 24, 2011

Horse owners, managers, trainers, and other industry professionals are always looking for accurate, dependable horse care information, especially if that information is focused on science-based nutrition. Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is proud to ... Read More

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Proposed Virginia Bill Amends Animal Welfare Code

January 21, 2011

Proposed legislation in Virginia would amend that state's animal welfare code to include care practices for horses and other livestock, but some equine rescue operators say the bill's language is confusing. Introduced on Jan. 12, HB 1541 would ... Read More

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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