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Surface Woes Halt Racing at Ohio Track

February 04, 2009

Poor track conditions led Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, to cancel the second through ninth races Feb. 2 and 3. Only one race was run each day, even though the surface was listed fast.

On Feb. 2 in a $2,500 claiming test with a six-horse... Read More

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Illinois Impeachment Trial Includes Racing Link

January 28, 2009

The long-hinted horse racing connection to embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged misdeeds finally became public Tuesday at the governor's impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.

Tape recorded conversations between the governor, his... Read More

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Chicago Stable, Carriage Rides Slated for Closure

January 27, 2009

After 138 years of operation, the last riding hall and stable in downtown Chicago might be turning out the lights for good. At issue are the carriage rides provided year-round in the Magnificent Mile shopping district, and post-9/11 restrictions... Read More

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Easy to Swallow: Readers Share Tips on Giving Medicine

January 22, 2009

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What's your favorite "mixer" to encourage horses to consume oral medications?"

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Celebrate the Quarter Horse at QuarterFest

January 22, 2009

Gather your friends and load up your horses for the first-ever QuarterFest: A Celebration of the American Quarter Horse. This one-of-a-kind event, May 1-3 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., will be a chance to cure your cabin fever and revel in the arrival of... Read More

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Last Week for Discount at TheHorse.com Photo Store

January 22, 2009

You've bought presents for everyone else, now's the time to treat yourself to some fabulous equestrian artwork from TheHorse.com. There is only one week left until the end of the 20% coupon offering, so now's the time to act! The offer ends January... Read More

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Horses Appear in Inaugural Celebrations

January 21, 2009

The President's Inaugural Parade has a long tradition of including horses in the festivities, and this year was no different. With more than 200 horses representing 10 teams from throughout the United States, riders helped make this histori... Read More

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Inaugural Parade Horse Sustains Minor Injuries

January 21, 2009

The Southern Ohio Ladies Aside team is counting itself lucky after an accident involving one of their horses and a Secret Service truck at Tuesday's President's Inaugural Parade in Washington.

Mouse, an Appaloosa ridden by Deb Fuller, was... Read More

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Election Brings Shift on Kentucky Walking Horse Board

January 20, 2009

Members of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) declined to re-elect two controversial members to the group's board of directors during their annual meeting Jan. 10.

Former President Earl Rogers Jr., and former Vice... Read More

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California Agriculture Official Announces Formation of Equine Advisory Task Force

January 17, 2009

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary A.G. Kawamura is announcing the formation of the Equine Advisory Task Force. The task force will act as liaison between the industry and the department in matters relating to... Read More

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California Racing Group Launches Synthetic Track Study

January 16, 2009

Love them or hate them, one of the main concerns about synthetic tracks is how to determine if they are doing what they were intended for--provide a safe, consistent racing surface.

In California, where four major racetracks use different... Read More

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WSU Equine Internal Medicine Scholarship Honors Former Dean

January 15, 2009

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine recently established a $25,000 scholarship to honor the former dean, Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM. The fund will help students following in his footsteps in... Read More

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Vets Investigate Injuries at Kentucky Track

January 07, 2009

Veterinarians with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and management at Turfway Park are looking into reasons why the number of catastrophic injuries over the Polytrack surface spiked during the recently concluded holiday meet at the... Read More

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Kentucky Bill: Use Taxes to Fund Horse Racing

January 03, 2009

A Kentucky lawmaker is preparing racing-related legislation with a primary goal of funding the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, equine drug testing, and supplements for purses and stakes at the state's racetracks.

The draft bill authore... Read More

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Credit Card Helps Fund Equine Research

January 02, 2009

The Horseman's Card, a Visa created in 1991 to help support the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky., contributes to equine research with every purchase.

Officials of the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinar... Read More

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Shetland Pony Donated to Literacy Foundation

January 02, 2009

A black Shetland Pony who closely resembles the pony "Little Black" in the Walter Farley book Little Black, A Pony, has a new home with the Black Stallion Literacy Foundation at Arabian Nights in Orlando, Fla. The pony was donated by the... Read More

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EHV Quarantine Lifted at Delaware Training Barn

January 01, 2009

Delaware state officials lifted the quarantine for one of the two barns connected to a fatal case of EHV-1.... Read More

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Equine Ambulance Coming to Midwest Horse Fair

December 31, 2008

One of only 30 ambulances designed specifically for horses will be on display at the 2009 Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wisc., on April 17-19, 2009.

The equine ambulance, purchased by Morrie Waud, has special features to help stabiliz... Read More

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Horse Killed by Kindness in the United Kingdom

December 27, 2008

An 18-year-old Arabian stallion was thought to be killed by the kindness of strangers. According to the U.K. newspaper Daily Express, the stallion, which was purchased for £10,000 (or... Read More

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Remember Working Equids this Holiday Season

December 24, 2008

As Christmas cards arrive in the mail, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) asks horse owners around the world to remember the "cards" received by many working animals. According to SPANA, many working horses and donkeys in... Read More

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New York Laws Designed to Protect Carriage Horses

December 22, 2008

During the busy--and very often cold--holiday season, carriage horse rides seem to be a staple of tourist activity in New York City. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) would like the public to be aware of some... Read More

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New Charges for Pennsylvania Stable Owner

December 19, 2008

A Pennsylvania man who has previously been prosecuted for animal abuse faces 38 new animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect of 11 ponies and a donkey. Joseph Mayer, owner of Hallo Stables in Easton, Pa., is accused of failing to... Read More

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Illinois Governor Signs Horse Racing Aid Bill

December 18, 2008

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Dec. 15 signed legislation that extends the diversion to horse racing of 3% of revenue from the state's four highest-grossing riverboat casinos. The provision is estimated to be worth as much as $30 million a year,... Read More

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Racing Task Force Calls for More Staff, Drug Lab

December 15, 2008

A 70-plus-page document (link directs to a 1.84 MB PDF) released Dec. 15 by the Governor'... Read More

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Rescue Horse a Contender for Horse of the Year Title

December 15, 2008

Jamaica, a 17-year-old combined driving horse who helped owner Chester Weber win a silver medal at the FEI World Championships in The Netherlands, has made a place for himself in history as a rescue horse who has gone on to do great things. Now... Read More