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

Kentucky State Police Accounts for Horse Herd

Horses that were reported killed near Harlan, Kentucky, have been accounted for, the state police say. Read More

Missing Oklahoma Horses at Center of Theft Investigation

The 10 horses are now at the center of a theft investigation involving several states and a federal agency. Read More

Ohio Family Appeals Service Horse Decision

The family is appealing a court's decision to dismiss their case to keep their service Miniature Horse at their home. Read More

Accused North Dakota Probation Violator Arrested Again

A North Dakota man from whom more than 120 horses were seized has been arrested again on probation violation charges. Read More

Congressmen Call for Strict Inspections at TWH Celebration

The Congressmen called on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak to instruct USDA inspectors to "aggressively" inspect horses. Read More

Barn Fire Claims Tennessee Walking Horses

Authorities are blaming an electrical malfunction for a barn fire that killed five Tennessee Walking Horses. Read More

Massachusetts Bill Requires Vets to Report Animal Cruelty

The bill requires vets to notify local law enforcement authorities if they suspect that an animal is being maltreated. Read More

Nebraska Authorities Seek Owner of Abandoned Horse

The allegedly malnourished mare was apparently left in a pasture where other horses reside, officials say. Read More

Move Claims 57 Mustangs, BLM Says

A vet believes the horses died of complications relating to their ages, stress, and a shift from pasture grass to hay. Read More

TWH Celebration Advisory Committee Lists Rule Changes

Rule changes involve when horses arrive at show grounds, X ray and blood sample collection, and more. Read More

Oklahoma Authorities Seek 10 Missing Horses

Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding 10 horses missing from their pasture near Sparks. Read More

Trusts Help Provide Care for Horses when Owners Cannot

Take steps to ensure your horse receives proper care if you're unable to provide for them. Read More

North Dakota Man Faces Probation Violation Charges

A man who pleaded guilty to maltreating more than 100 horses last year has violated terms of his probation. Read More

Arizona Woman Accused of Maltreating Minis

A woman is facing charges in connection with allegedly maltreating more than 20 Miniature Horses. Read More

Hay Tested After California Horses Become Ill

One professor believes the hay contained a naturally occurring chemical that made the horses photosensitive. Read More

West Virginia Horse Strangulation Probed

While authorities investigate the death, a humane society hopes a reward will help find those responsible. Read More

Cougar Attack Blamed for Washington Horse Death

State fish and wildlife personnel are hunting a cougar believed to have attacked a horse in Stevens County. Read More

New Mexico Plant Withdraws Animal Processing Application

The firm's attorney is blaming some equine advocates for the livestock processing application withdrawal. Read More

Horse Deaths, Controversy Plague Utah Wild Horse Gather

The BLM reported that a mare was euthanized and a filly died during the gather, which ended July 31. Read More

Ethics Allegations 'Unfounded,' Whitfield Says

Rep. Ed Whitfield sponsored a measure that would ban the use of performance packages on Tennessee Walkers. Read More

Alabama Man Faces Multiple Animal Cruelty Charges

An Alabama man faces charges related to 16 allegedly malnourished equids and 16 dead horses. Read More

California Wildfires Drive Horses from their Homes

Eighteen horses were moved to a county fairground when wildfire threatened their Northern California homes. Read More

'Exploding' Manure Blamed for California Barn Fire

Fire authorities believe "exploding" manure could have started the blaze that killed four Friesian horses. Read More

Intruders Spray-Paint New York Horse

Authorities hope the public can help identify who spray-painted a horse and cut the animal's mane and tail. Read More

Judge Rules New Mexico Horses Not Wild

A judge ruled that horses roaming in Placitas are not wild and a gather that took place last year was legal. Read More