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

Court Date for Owner of Horses in Illinois Trailer Accident

The former owner of 59 horses involved in a semitrailer rollover accident last October in Wadsworth, Ill., is slated to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 3 according to a spokesperson for the Lake County, Ill., County Clerk.

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Illinois Offering Horse Rescue Licensing Option

When Colleen O'Keefe, DVM, approached Illinois legislators about licensing horse rescue and shelter facilities around the state, the lawmakers were surprised.

"Usually, industries don’t want to be regulated," said O'Keefe, Division manager Read More

Containment Measures Help Stem Ohio Strangles Flare-Up

An flare-up of strangles that surfaced at Northfield Park racetrack in Ohio nearly three weeks ago is under control, according to Director of Racing Gregg Keidel. Seven horses contracted the bacterial infection.

"The horses are doing fine," Read More

Kentucky Teens Sentenced in Horse Shooting Incident

Two Pike County, Ky., teenagers are behind bars for charges connected with a 2007 shooting spree that left three horses dead and another eight injured. The pair appeared in court in Pike County on Jan. 31 after their Read More

Four Thoroughbred Yearlings Killed in Traffic Accident

Four bay Thoroughbred yearlings were killed this morning when they were struck by a car traveling along Mt. Horeb Pike in Lexington, Ky.

"Two of the horses were dead on the scene and two were euthanized at the scene," said Sgt. Pat Read More

Horses Seized from Another Colorado Rescue

Operators of another Colorado horse rescue have been accused of animal cruelty, less than a month after a similar case occurred in the state. Now, one rescue industry operator in that state says the two seizures illustrate the plight of Read More

Michigan Horse Cruelty Case Stretches to Autumn 2008

Two Michigan men accused of animal cruelty and torture in a highly publicized equine welfare case are slated to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Sept. 30, 2008, according to a spokesperson for the Jackson County 12th District Court Read More

Rescue Operator Seeks Hearing to Retain Custody of Seized Horses

An attorney for a Colorado woman whose horses were seized by Larimer County authorities is seeking a bond hearing to recover custody of the animals.

The seizure took place on Dec. 29 when Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden ordered the Read More

Charges against Colorado Horse Rescue Operator Pending

A Colorado woman could face multiple criminal charges after Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden seized animals, including 16 allegedly malnourished horses, from her Animal Angels Read More

Both Sides Claim Victory in Walking Horse Registry Dispute

Both sides in a dispute over ownership of Tennessee Walking Horse registry information are claiming victory in a case that took two years to process through the legal system, despite one of the parties being found in violation of copyright laws Read More

More Horses, Fewer Donors Challenge Equine Rescue Groups

Two years ago, the directors of Maryland's equine rescue organizations got together to brainstorm ways to polish up their administrative skills and cultivate public support for their work. Back then, the Maryland Association of Rescue Equine Read More

Relocation, Purchases Save Baltimore Cart Ponies from Impoundment

Just one day before being declared abandoned, 49 ponies formerly used to pull produce carts in the streets of Baltimore, Md., have been relocated--some to new homes in the country, others to temporary facilities within the city. The ponies had Read More

Some Illinois Trailer Accident Survivors Moved to New Homes

Eight of the horses that survived last month's semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., have been placed in new homes, and four more are scheduled to be adopted within days, according to Donna Ewing, president of the of the Read More

Illinois Accident Horses Nearly Ready for Adoption

A veterinarian who has been caring for the 42 equine survivors of an Oct. 27 semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., says the animals are mending and are nearly ready to go to new homes. Placement coordinators for the horses are in the Read More

Trailer Accident: Proposed Law Would Ban Illinois Double-Deckers

Less than week after a double-decker trailer rollover caused the death of 17 horses, a member of the Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation that would ban the use of such trailers to transport horses for any reason.

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Trailer Accident Investigators Consider Charges

State, local, and federal investigators are putting their heads together to determine whether the driver of the semitrailer hauling 59 horses involved in a Oct. 27 rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., will face additional charges in connection Read More

Good Hygiene Blocks Horse-Human MRSA Transmission

Equine veterinarians and public health officials are urging horse owners and others who come in frequent contact with horses to wash their hands and clean grooming tools after each use in order to reduce the risk of contracting an Read More

All We Want for Christmas...


A Christmas list of goodies for your equine partner.

Peruse a horse owner's holiday wish list, and it's a pretty good bet that most of the longed-for gifts thereon are more horse- than Read More

Illinois Trailer Accident: Two More Horses Dead

The number of horses surviving the semitrailer truck rollover in Wadsworth, Ill., fell to 42 on Monday when two more horses were euthanatized due to their injuries, according to Vickie Wancho, spokesperson for Carney Farm in Read More

Agriculture Officials Join Illinois Trailer Accident Investigation

State and national agriculture officials are joining Lake County, Ill., authorities to investigate a tractor trailer rollover accident that left 13 Belgian horses dead. A total of 59 horses in the double-decker trailer--most of them Read More

Drought Continues to Challenge Horses, Owners

After a long, dry summer that left pastures scant and dusty and hay production plunging, drought conditions across the United States show no signs of letting up. And neither do the challenges facing horses and their owners.

According t Read More

BLM Horses Improving After Salmonella Outbreak

 Wild horses at the Nevada Bureau of Land Management's Palomino Valley Center are improving after 156 died or were euthanatized due to a range of illnesses, including an outbreak of salmonella that prompted BLM officials to Read More

Imported Hay Could Hold Hidden Health Dangers

As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and Read More

Mistrial Motion Delays Horse Killing Case Verdict

The trial of two Pike County, Ky., teenagers accused of killing three horses and torturing several others was put on hold Sept. 11 when presiding Pike County Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman declared a mistrial in the case.

According to his Read More

Walking Horse Trainers, Inspectors Get Credit for Successful Celebration

The 69th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, held Aug. 22 through Sept. 1,  was pronounced a success by show managers, competitors, and trainers who said the event marked a milestone of cooperation among inspectors and Read More