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

Horses Unharmed After Ohio Exotic Animal Release Incident

A herd of horses remains unharmed after their owner released exotic animals from their cages last week. Read More

New York Horse Owner Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A New York woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of hors Read More

Louisiana Youths Charged in Horse Thefts

Two juveniles are facing charges for allegedly stealing seven horses from a Louisiana animal control shelter. Read More

Tennessee Trainer Pleads Guilty to Soring Charges

Paul Blackburn has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to violate the Horse Protection Act. Read More

Nevada Agricultural Authorities to Reduce Stray Herd

Stray horses from a private range in Northern Nevada likely will be relocated to a correctional facility. Read More

Owners of Stray Caddo Parish, La., Horses Sought

Louisiana authorities are seeking the owners of three horses discovered wandering in Caddo Parish on Monday. Read More

BLM to Close Herriman Wild Horse Holding Facility

A Utah-based BLM holding facility that some allege constituted an unhealthy environment for horses is closing. Read More

Houston Police Probe Horse Killing

Houston, Texas, police are seeking whoever is responsible for the stabbing death of a horse last week. Read More

Animal Abuser Registry Bill Passed in Albany County, NY

A bill creating an animal cruelty offender database in Albany County, N.Y., was passed unanimously on Oct. 11. Read More

Reward Offered in New York Horse Shooting

A New York woman hopes a reward will help lead authorities to whoever is responsible for shooting her horse. Read More

Judge: BLM Must Respond to Inhumane Handling Allegations

A federal court judge asked the BLM to answer allegations that some mustang handling procedures are inhumane. Read More

Corolla Wild Horse Herd Expansion Bill Advances

Federal legislation that would allow the Corolla Wild Horse herd to grow larger has advanced. Read More

Extreme Weather Results in Lack of Forage for Horses

Extreme weather conditions are driving hay prices skyward and stretching owners' resources in a tough economy. Read More

More Charges Filed in Maryland Neglect Case

A Maryland farm operator has been charged with additional cruelty counts for allegedly neglecting her horses. Read More

New Ohio Rule Allows Proactive Tail Docking by Veterinarians

Licensed Ohio veterinarians can now dock the tails of horses to prevent injury to the animals under HB 229. Read More

Rescued Hawaiian Wild Donkeys Relocated to California

More than 100 feral donkeys were airlifted from Hawaii to California to find adoptive homes. Read More

Plants That Kill

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

Pennsylvania Authorities Probe Attacks on Ponies

Authorities are searching for whoever allegedly beat three Shetland ponies and tied one pony to the ceiling. Read More

Horse Slaughter Supporters, Opponents Face Off Online

Horse processing supporters and opponents have both posted petitions on a government website to gain support. Read More

Seized North Carolina Hackney Pony Dies

A man facing multiple animal cruelty charges could face an additional charge after another of his ponies died. Read More

California Man Dead After Horse Stabbing Incident

California authorities shot and killed a man who threatened deputies after attacking his neighbor's horse. Read More

Reward Offered in Oregon Horse Shooting Case

A $2,500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Read More

BLM to Review Nevada Gather Operations

The BLM will review operations during a Nevada gather that some wild horse advocates say put animals at risk. Read More

Oregon Police Probe Horse Shooting

Oregon authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a horse while it grazed in a pasture. Read More

Bill would Amend HPA to Include Slaughter Ban

The transport, purchase, possession, or sale of horses for slaughter would be banned if the bill is passed. Read More