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

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Barn Fire

A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to a barn fire that claimed the lives of 13 therapy horses earlier this year. Read More

It's All Academic Until it Happens to You reporter Pat Raia shares her experiences preparing for and weathering Hurricane Irma. Read More

Horse Owners Take Stock After Hurricane Irma

Four days after Hurricane Irma swept through Florida horse owners are finally able to assess the damages left behind. Read More

Florida Horse Owners Brace for Hurricane Irma

Some have evacuated and others are ready to shelter horses in place ahead of Irma's heavy rains and tropical winds. Read More

Alabama Barn Fire Kills Tennessee Walking Horses

An early morning barn fire claimed the lives of more than 20 show horses in Alabama earlier this week. Read More

Horse Owners, Rescuers Surveying Harvey's Impact

Flooding continues to challenge Texas horse owners while those in Louisiana prepare to cope with the storm's rain. Read More

Wyoming Man Charged in Horse Death

Forrest Stearns was charged after a witness provided evidence that the horse was tied to the ground for three hours. Read More

Harvey Still Displacing Texas Horses

Sam Houston Race Park's stable manager is still fielding calls from owners hoping to relocate their horses there. Read More

Texas Horse Owners Prepare for Hurricane Harvey

Some owners have already evacuated horses from areas in the storm's path while others are still making plans. Read More

Horses Saved From Goshen Historic Track Barn Fire

All 16 Standardbred horses residing inside were led to safety. Read More

Florida Veterinarian Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

Gail Nichols, DVM, and her husband, Paul Smith, are facing charges after 30 horses were seized from their property. Read More

California Rescue Operator Charged With Fraud

Susan Guillot is facing charges for allegedly selling unborn Friesian foals but never delivering the animals to buyers. Read More

Miniature Horses, Ponies Seized in Texas

Approximately 80 horses and ponies are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a property near Houston. Read More

Dressage Horse Detained After Positive Glanders Test

Sagacious HF is in extended quarantine in Miami pending the results of additional testing slated for Aug. 23. Read More

NYSGC Investigating Spate of Horse Deaths at Saratoga

The NYSGC is working to determine what might have contributed to a dozen recent racing- and training-related deaths. Read More

Agencies Probe Alleged Wild Horse Harassment

Reports suggest several individuals allegedly chased wild horses on Utah's McKay Flat while riding on motorcycles. Read More

Saratoga Race Meet Marred by Horse Deaths

Eleven horses have died in racing or training at Saratoga Race Course since the start of the year. Read More

Horses Abandoned Near Florida Everglades

Three horses have been apparently abandoned in the same area since Aug. 1. Read More

SAFE Act Reintroduced Into Senate

The act is intended to prohibit U.S. horse processing plant development and the export of horses for processing. Read More

Pair Charged in Wyoming Horse Abandonment Case

David and Bradley Flint allegedly abandoned three horses in the Washakie Wilderness earlier this year. Read More

Amendment Funds Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans

The amendment transfers $5 million to the VA's Adaptive Sports Grant Program to expand equine-assisted therapy programs. Read More

Companion Horse Medical Coverage Options Expanding

Owners now have the option of purchasing insurance policies to cover some of companion horses' medical expenses. Read More

Dog Food Blamed for Assateague Pony Death

The mare reportedly consumed a large quantities dog food, which caused an impaction and deadly ruptured intestine. Read More

Wildfire Near Yosemite Displace Horses

More than 100 horses were evacuated to several locations after fire destroyed their pastures and polluted the air. Read More

Senate Committee Nixes Horsemeat Inspections

This comes after the House of Representatives declined to forbid the USDA from funding horsemeat inspections. Read More