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

Anti-Soring Rule Suspended in Trump Administration Freeze

The rule is among a litany of new regulations pending review by the new administration and its department secretaries. Read More

Woman Charged in Colorado Horse Seizure

Penny Gingerich has been charged with 64 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Read More

Arkansas Man to Serve 10 Years in Horse Shooting Case

Brandon Mitchell will spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a horse last year. Read More

Colorado Horse Herd Seized

Law enforcement authorities seized 63 horses from a property in Penrose last week. Read More

Miami-Dade County Seeks Custody of Allegedly Abused Horse

A man was charged with animal cruelty in connection to riding the underweight horse from South Carolina to Florida. Read More

SAFE Act Reintroduced in Congress

The bill is the latest attempt to outlaw the purchase and transport of U.S. horses for slaughter. Read More

Walking Horse Group to Challenge USDA Rule

The legal team for FAST is preparing a response to the new rule which bans the use of action devices and pads or stacks. Read More

Chains, Stacks Banned in Walking Horse Training, Exhibition

A new rule prohibits the use of action devices, pads, and wedges, except for those used for therapeutic purposes. Read More

Show Horses Injured in Trailer Accident

Four horses were unhurt, two sustained minor cuts, and one sustained serious injuries. Read More

Flooding Displaces California, Nevada Horses

Heavy rains in California and flash floods in Nevada forced the evacuation of multiple horses. Read More

Authorities Ask Court to Transfer Control of ISPMB Horses

South Dakota state's attorneys asked that the horses be placed in the care of Fleet of Angels and Habitat for Horses. Read More

Horse Theft Charges Against Lawyer Dropped

The charges against Curtis Bostic have been dropped due to lack of probable cause. Read More

Plants That Kill

Minimize your horse's risk of ingesting a deadly plant by identifying and eliminating harmful species. Read More

Reward Offered in Alabama Horse Shooting

A Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred-cross was fatally shot in a Shelby County pasture last week. Read More

Miniature Horse Nearly Decapitated in Florida

The horse, whose throat had been cut, was found in a rural area near Naples. Read More

Tennessee Ponders Grant Award to Walking Horse Group

The grant could help fund a study aimed at developing objective ways to detect soring in Tennessee Walking Horses. Read More

South Carolina Man Accused of Horse Theft

Curtis Bostic was arrested in Kentucky for allegedly removing a horse from property in Breathitt County. Read More

Faith and Equine Welfare Share Long Connection

The connection between animal welfare and faith communities has deep roots. Learn how it can benefit equids in need. Read More

Investigator: Vet Buyers Carefully Before Selling a Horse

The warning was issued after officials discovered a horse's severed head floating in a drainage canal in Florida. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Remove Estray Horses at Fort Polk

The suit seeks to keep the Army from removing the horses that roam Louisiana's Fort Polk and Kisatchie National Forest. Read More

Kentucky Training Center Barn Fire Kills More Than 20 Horses

Lightning is being blamed for the fire at Mercury Equine Center that killed 18 yearlings and five horses of racing age. Read More

Wild Horse Advocates Ponder Zinke Nomination

Congressman Ryan Zinke was nominated for Secretary of the Interior; the BLM is within the Department of the Interior. Read More

Horses Perish in Colorado Barn Fire

More than a dozen horses were killed when fire swept through their Adams County barn this week. Read More

Auction of Seized ISPMB Horses Relocated

A barrage of harassing phone calls and other threats prompted the sale's relocation, officials said. Read More

Authorities Say No Wounded Horses Roaming Wildfire Region

Tennessee authorities said investigations have revealed no evidence to support such claims made on social media. Read More