Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a professional journalist who has covered horse industry and equestrian topics for a number of publications. Her background includes riding, showing, and training Saddlebred horses.

Articles by Pat Raia

Illinois House Rejects Horse Slaughter Bill

Legislation to reinstate the horse slaughter industry in Illinois failed to pass that state's House of Representatives on Wednesday because the measure did not earn the 60 votes necessary for passage.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sacia, Read More

Stress Busters

What horses eat and when they eat play a significant role in promoting stress. Read More

Florida Poachers Target Horses

On Feb. 27 Ivonne Rodriguez's Paint horse, Geronimo, went missing from his Miami, Fla., pasture. Rodriguez immediately filed a police report and canvassed the neighborhood for information about her horse. Six days later, Miami-Dade Read More

Senate Bill Tackles Horse Slaughter Issue

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced Read More

Montana, North Dakota Horse Slaughter Bills Advance

Legislation to establish privately owned horse processing plants in the United States advanced this week in two Western states.

On March 24, the North Dakota State Senate approved Read More

USDA Coordinator Pledges Soring Law Enforcement

Exhibitors at this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and other gaited horse shows can expect USDA inspectors to vigorously enforce Horse Protection Act rules against soring, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Read More

Felony Charges Filed in Massive Texas Horse Seizure

A Texas man is facing animal cruelty and felonious assault charges in connection with the seizure of 237 allegedly malnourished animals, including 167 horses, from his 86-acre ranch.

Hill County Sheriff's Deputies Read More

Update on State Slaughter Resolutions; Idaho Joins Debate

Idaho has joined the list of states pondering legislation aimed at maintaining control of equine transport and re-establishing the horse processing industry in the United States.

Introduced into Idaho's House State Affairs Read More

Oklahoma Equine Dentist Faces Felony Charges

Professional rodeo rider Bobby Griswold is facing felony charges in Oklahoma for practicing equine dentistry without a veterinary medical license. Griswold is not a veterinarian, but he graduated from an equine dental school. He was Read More

Auction Operator Fined for Equine Transport Law Violations

The USDA is seeking $162,800 in fines from an Ohio livestock auctioneer and shipper for violating the Commercial Transport of Equines for Slaughter Act, which regulates treatment of slaughter-bound horses. At issue is the shipment of 1,345 Read More

BLM Declines Wild Horse Refuge Offer

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have declined Madeleine Pickens' proposal to create a refuge for as many as 30,000 wild horses on grounds that the plan is not viable under current federal law. Read More

BLM Horses: What's Their Future?

What are the problems with managing BLM horses, and what solutions are agencies and advocates presenting?

In October 2008 wild horse protection advocates, scientists, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Soring Bill

Trainers and owners who cause injury to horses' feet or legs to achieve an exaggerated gait will face stiff penalties in Kentucky if a bill introduced into the state senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee becomes law. Sponsored Read More

Equine Advocates Brainstorm Ideas to Help Unwanted Horses

Expanding options for cash-strapped horse owners is key to reducing the number of unwanted horses in the United States, according to a group of equine welfare advocates who brainstormed the issue during a Feb. 18 meeting at the University of Read More

Kentucky Bills Boost Barn Operators, Rescues

Kentucky's House Agriculture and Small Business Committee last week approved two bills intended to help boarding barn operators and horse rescues cope with the negative economy.

Sponsored by Rep. Dwight Butler, HR 418 expands local Read More

List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal Read More

House Committee Gets New Mustang Bill

Wild horses and burros could get more room to roam under a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Thursday by Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the Read More

Montana Lawmakers Ponder Slaughter Plant Legislation

Legislators in Montana are considering a proposed measure to encourage private investor horse slaughter plant development in that state. The bill's author says the measure is intended to both create jobs in Montana, and address the state's Read More

States Ask to Retain Control of Equine Transport, Slaughter

Lawmakers in two Western states have sponsored resolutions urging Congress to let state legislators make up their own minds about horse slaughter issues within their lines. Wyoming's House Joint Resolution (HJR 8) and Utah's House Joint Read More

Michigan Appeals Court Reinstates Horse Torture Charges

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reinstated criminal charges in a case involving 69 horses in Jackson County. In a 12-page opinion released Feb. 3, a three-judge panel reinstated three felony counts of animal torture against Matt Mercier Read More

Civil Lawsuits Filed Against Horse Abuse Case Prosecutors

Two members of the Trexler family have filed civil lawsuits in South Carolina Federal and State courts alleging that animal cruelty charges filed against them in a longstanding criminal case were brought unjustly. The lawsuits seek in excess of Read More

Employment and Immigration

Keep necessary documentation and use personnel best management practices when hiring immigrant laborers. Read More

Horse Licensing Bill Scrapped after Protest

A New Hampshire lawmaker scrapped mandatory horse licensing legislation after angry horse owners protested the measure on grounds that it would be financially burdensome.

The bill, HB 427, required owners to obtain licenses for each of thei Read More

Weather, Economy Hit Utah Mustang Sale

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official credited wintry weather and the high costs of horsekeeping for lackluster results at a Jan. 24 Wild Horse and Burro sale in Delta, Utah. Of the 320 Spanish Mustangs offered from Utah's Sulphur Herd Read More

Horses Removed from Virginia Farm

Twenty-three allegedly malnourished horses are residing in foster care following their removal from a Zuni, Va., farm. Deputies removed the animals from property owned by Jeff and Diana Hansford on Jan. 21 after a team of state and private Read More