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

Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists

Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that Read More

Florida Horse Poaching Continues

Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.

The case is th Read More

Owner Sentenced in Illinois Trailer Accident Case

The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.

The accident Read More

AQHA Suspends Texas Trainer

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has suspended trainer Cleve Wells in connection with the treatment a horse received from an employee at Wells' Burleson, Texas, facility.

On April 23, the AQHA Executive Committee announced that Read More

Montana Slaughter Law Could Face Challenges

A new Montana state law invites private investors to develop horse slaughter facilities in that state. But opponents say compliance and court challenges might discourage prospective investors from ever breaking ground on plant projects.

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Montana Horse Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

A measure promoting privately-owned horse processing plant development in Montana became law on Friday when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the bill to lapse into law.

HB 418 insulates prospective plant developers from permit and Read More

Rescued Mustangs Available for Adoption

More than 200 BLM mustangs removed last month from a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary are gaining strength and are now available for adoption to qualified new owners.

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BLM Cites Co-Owner of Nebraska Mustang Ranch

The co-owner of a Nebraska training ranch from which 211 BLM mustangs and burros were recently removed faces federal charges for the alleged maltreatment of a mustang adopted in her name.

On April 16, the BLM cited Anissa Meduna, co Read More

BLM to Offer Cash Incentives for Wild Horse Adoptions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hoping cash incentives will boost adoptions of wild horses and burros that would otherwise spend their lives in long-term holding facilities.

Under a pilot program slated to debut at an Read More

Mustang Bill Heads to House

A bill prohibiting the euthanasia of healthy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses took a step toward becoming law on Wednesday when members of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee approved the measure by a Read More

BLM Could Seek Charges against Mustang Ranch Operator

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs could face further penalties if the BLM decides to seek its own charges in the case.

Morrill County authorities charged Jason Meduna Read More

Mustang Ranch Operator Surrenders Animals

The owner of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros has surrendered more than 200 animals to two equine rescue agencies.

On Tuesday, Jason Meduna, operator of Read More

Nebraska Mustang Trainer Arrested for Cruelty

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals.

On Saturday, Morrill County Read More

Arkansas Slaughter Resolution Goes to Governor

A resolution instructing Arkansas' Congressional delegation to vote against a bill that would prohibit the export of horses to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada is now before that state's governor for his signature.

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Mustang Trainer Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is free on $20,000 bond after being charged with one count of Class 4 felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of Read More

Slaughter Bills Before Montana, North Dakota Governors

A bill that would facilitate the development of a private sector horse processing plant in Montana is on its way back to Gov. Brian Schweitzer's desk now that the state's full legislature has rejected his Read More

Montana House Rejects Slaughter Bill Amendments

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected gubernatorial amendments to a bill that would facilitate the establishment of privately owned horse processing plants in that state.

In its original form, HB 418 prohibited Read More

Cross-Country Walk Draws Attention to Equine Welfare

A Colorado woman is walking from Newark, Del., to Long Beach, Calif., in an effort to urge lawmakers and others to help the nation's unwanted horses. Kristina Kremer set out March 14 on the slow journey she expects to finish this fall. Read More

Montana Governor Vetoes Slaughter Bill, Suggests Changes

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would encourage the horse processing industry to establish itself in that state on grounds that it insulates the industry from future legal challenges.

HB 418 prohibits Montana Read More

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