Equine Welfare & Legislation

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A Look at Therapeutic Riding Horses' Stress Behaviors

October 15, 2015

Stress can impair a horse's performance, diminish the benefits of therapy, and create safety risks to vulnerable riders.... Read More

Nigel Miller, a senior veterinary student, administers a sedative and painkillers with help from Brent Winston, head trainer at Harmony Equine Center.

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CSU Vet Students Help Rescued Horses, Gain Valuable Skills

October 15, 2015

Supervised by veterinarians, the students practiced castrations on Quarter Horses rescued from a Texas ranch.... Read More

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Florida Raids Yield Arrests at Illegal Slaughter Farms

October 14, 2015

Six people were arrested following raids at the three illegal slaughter farms, some of which processed horses.... Read More

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Six More U.S. House Members Support Barr/Tonko Bill

October 14, 2015

The legislation would establish an independent authority to implement a national uniform racehorse medication program.... Read More

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Wyoming Police Probe Horse Shooting

October 14, 2015

The horse, which was found dead in a Campbell County pasture on Oct. 8, sustained a single gunshot wound.... Read More

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Salt River Horse Death Under Investigation

October 14, 2015

A wild horse found at the Salt River Recreation Area in Arizona is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.... Read More

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Keeneland's Track Reviewed in Wake of Racehorse Breakdowns

October 12, 2015

Dr. Mick Peterson found that the dirt surface met all of the pre-meet test criteria and was maintained properly.... Read More

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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Earns International Accreditation

October 11, 2015

The farm has met the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries' standards identifying legitimate rescues.... Read More

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Horse Groups Endorse AHC's Welfare Code of Practice

October 10, 2015

Ten additional organizations have recently supported the American Horse Council's code meant to "put the horse first."... Read More

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(Un)certain Change: Climate Shifts and Horse Keeping

October 08, 2015

Learn how rising temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting horse keeping.... Read More

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Bill Would Protect Pennsylvania Veterinarians

October 08, 2015

Proposed legislation would shield the veterinarians from liability if they report suspected cases of animal abuse. ... Read More

The study used a mechanical horse to measure the rein pressure applied by riders.

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Rider Handedness Affects Rein Tension

October 07, 2015

Average rein tensions in riders' dominant hands were 34-45% greater than in their nondominant hands, a study found.... Read More

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Getah Virus: Significance as an Equine Pathogen

October 07, 2015

A 2014 outbreak at a Japanese racing stable re-awakened awareness of Getah virus and its threat to horses. ... Read More

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FEI to Review Dressage Training Methods

October 05, 2015

Stewarding, including monitoring precompetition training techniques, was debated at length at a recent meeting.... Read More

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Police Seek Leads in Oregon Horse Killing

October 05, 2015

Authorities are hoping the public can shed light on the circumstances surrounding a horse's death in Riverside County.... Read More

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How Does Nose Twitching Affect a Horse?

October 02, 2015

Researchers concluded that nose twitches, when properly applied, are a humane restraint for short usage situations.... Read More

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Is Your Equine Athlete Happy?

October 01, 2015

Scientists are on the hunt for reliable objective measures of positive emotions in horses being ridden and trained.... Read More

 Horse owner Alan Shank kept horses on his downtown Mukilteo, Washington, property for 16 years and maintained a positive relationships with nonhorsey neighbors.

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Making Friends with Horseless Neighbors

September 28, 2015

What techniques have you found work for you in your non-horsey neighborhood?... Read More

Commentary

Learned Helplessness in Horses

September 24, 2015

When a person lays a horse down to show its submission, the animal might actually be using its last line of defense. ... Read More

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Judge Rules Against New Mexico Horse Processing Plant

September 24, 2015

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

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South Carolina Horse Death Investigated

September 21, 2015

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

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Reward Offered in Pony Mutilation Case

September 14, 2015

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

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French Researchers Work to Improve Horse Health, Welfare

September 07, 2015

The Hippolia Foundation unites equine research groups for better progress, improved funding opportunities, and more.... Read More

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TCA Launches Pledge Campaign at Kentucky Downs

September 05, 2015

Horsemen will have the opportunity to pledge a percentage of their earnings to Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).... Read More

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South Carolina Man Indicted for Animal Cruelty

September 03, 2015

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