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

Dozens of Horses Seized from Texas

A couple faces multiple animal cruelty charges after law authorities seized the horses at their Montgomery County farm. Read More

Storm Claims Horse at Virginia Rescue

The mare was euthanized after being injured by flying debris from high winds and a strong thunderstorm. Read More

Legislation Would Repeal Off-Track Wagering Law

Sen. Tom Udall claims the law "has not met its original policy goal of furthering the U.S. horse racing industry." Read More

Wyoming Governor Appeals Wild Horse Lawsuit Ruling

Gov. Matt Mead appealed a decision to dismiss a case alleging that the BLM failed to manage wild horses appropriately. Read More

Alleged Texas Horse Thief Jailed

A man accused of stealing 210 cattle and 30 horses has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Read More

Ohio Police Seek Horse Shooter

The 9-year-old horse is receiving veterinary care after being shot in the leg while grazing in a pasture. Read More

Proposed Bill Calls for Federal Anti-Doping Racing Rules

Race-day medications for racehorses would be banned and an independent agency would be charged with enforcing rules. Read More

Feds Eye Crundwell's Breeders' Royalty Revenue

The Department of Justice will seek the release frozen breeders' trust royalty revenue that Rita Crundwell received. Read More

Wild Animals Ruled Out as Cause of Michigan Horse's Injuries

A veterinarian identified the horse's bone-deep leg wound as consistent with injuries sustained from pasture fencing. Read More

Police Probe Tennessee Horse Shootings

One horse was shot multiple times and died of his injuries. A second horse was also shot, but is expected to recover. Read More

BLM Arizona Issues Equine Influenza Advisory

Six wild burros from the Black Mountain Herd Management Area tested positive influenza last month. Read More

Nevada Man Charged in Horse Dragging Incident

The horse sustained injuries, including a neck fracture, after being dragged down a gravel road behind a truck. Read More

Wheelon Soring Case Dismissed

A Tennessee judge has dismissed the soring case against Walking Horse trainer Larry Wheelon due to lack of evidence. Read More

New Mexico County Opposes Proposed Anti-Slaughter Bill

Eddy County commissioners oppose legislation banning the transport of horses to other countries for processing. Read More

Miniature Horse Reported Stolen in California

California authorities are hoping the public can help locate a Miniature Horse reported stolen from its Phelan pasture. Read More

Texas Horse Shot After Fleeing Flood

Authorities say the wounded horse is expected to survive after being shot two or three times in the head. Read More

Alligator Bites Florida Horse

Officials say alligator attacks on equids are rare. The injured horse is expected to recover. Read More

Storms Vex Texas, Oklahoma Horse Owners

While no official equine evacuation orders have been issued, some owners are moving their horses out of harm's way. Read More

Feds Seize Crundwell Horse Show Awards, Trophies

Rita Crundwell must surrender her horse show awards, trophies, and other items to satisfy a restitution agreement. Read More

Shooting Ruled Out in Miniature Horse Death

A Miniature Horse found dead in a pond in Boaz, Alabama, was neither shot nor skinned, according to necropsy results. Read More

FBI Offers Reward in Horse Carriage Arson Case

The FBI is seeking those responsible for a fire that destroyed 13 horse carriages belonging to the Noble Horse Theatre. Read More

Herd Seized at South Carolina Farm

Nearly 30 Arabian horses are receiving rehabilitative care after they were seized at a South Carolina farm. Read More

Video Leads to Horse Cruelty Charges

An outfitter faces cruelty charges after contacting authorities about a video posted online showing him beating a horse. Read More

Utah Police Probe 'Suspicious' Horse Death

Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Thoroughbred mare found dead in a Davis County pasture. Read More

Judge Tosses Evidence in Wheelon Soring Case

The judge ruled that Larry Wheelon's Fourth Amendment rights were violated due to faulty search warrants. Read More