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

Ontario Barn Blaze Claims 12 Horses

Authorities said one horse escaped the blaze. The cause remains under investigation. Read More

Police Seek Tips in New York Horse Shooting

An alleged drive-by shooting left a Kirkland horse dead late last month. Read More

Indiana Horse Death Probed

Authorities are investigating the death of a Quarter Horse attacked in a barn at a riding stable in Decatur. Read More

Trainers Must Report Claimed Racehorses' Joint Injections

A new rule at Laurel Park requires trainers to report joint injections administered to claimed horses before the race. Read More

Surrendered Horse Herd Receiving Rehabilitative Care

Twenty horses are recovering after they were surrendered to animal welfare authorities in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Read More

Woman Allegedly Practices Vet Medicine Without a License

Jacque Smith is accused of duping horse owners into allowing her to treat their animals and more. Read More

Training Center Fire Claims More Than 40 Standardbreds

The fire occurred at Classy Lane Stables Training Centre, a harness racing training facility in Ontario, Canada. Read More

WHO Opposes Global Control of Ketamine

Veterinarians worldwide rely on the analgesic to treat animals--including horses--in their care. Read More

Tennessee Launches Statewide Animal Abuser Registry

The registry is the nation's first database to list information about convicted animal abusers on a statewide basis. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges BLM's Plan for Saylor Creek Herd

The litigation claims the plan calls for the chemical or physical sterilization of horses in the Saylor Creek herd. Read More

Judge Orders Receiver for Convicted Abuser's Horses

A New York Supreme Court judge ordered that a receiver oversee the care of more than 20 of Beth Hoskins' horses. Read More

Indiana Horses Removed From Flood Zone

Thirteen therapeutic riding horses were rescued this week after their Brownsburg, Indiana, pasture flooded. Read More

More Horses Seized From Florida Rescue

The rescue made news in 2014 when its operators were found guilty of multiple counts of animal cruelty. Read More

Adopting a Horse This Holiday Season? Rescuers Share Tips

Get tips on what to consider when preparing to adopt and bringing home your rescue horse this holiday season. Read More

Fertility Control Pioneer Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick Dies at 75

Kirkpatrick, credited with pioneering the use of the fertility control drug PZP in wild horses, died Dec. 16. Read More

The Equine Industry's Top Welfare Issues

A rundown of equine welfare issues currently plaguing the U.S. industry and what's being done to address them. Read More

2016 U.S. Omnibus Bill Denies Horsemeat Inspections

The bill includes a provision that forbids funding of horsemeat inspections at horse processing plants. Read More

Illinois Group Adopts Retirement Plan for County Horse Herds

The ordinance allows retired horses to be rehomed or for the district to keep and maintain the retired animals. Read More

Oklahoma Police Probe Fatal Horse Stabbing

A police report indicated that an owner reported finding her horse covered with blood and dead in a stall on Dec. 14. Read More

Police Investigate Possible Sexual Assault on Pregnant Mare

Wisconsin officials hope a cash reward will lead them to those responsible for allegedly sexually assaulting the mare. Read More

U.S. Forest Service Will Not Impound Salt River Horses Yet

The agency is working with interested parties to find a solution to address the unauthorized horses. Read More

Accused Florida Farm Owner Can Keep Horses on Property

The man, accused of illegally possessing horsemeat for human consumption, is allowed to keep horses on his property. Read More

Barn Owner Seeks Settlement Over Allegedly Tainted Feed

The barn operator alleges that 13 of her horses died after consuming monensin-tainted horse feed. Read More

Donkey Gets a Lift, Cops Seek Owner

Squishy the donkey is relaxing after walking down a busy roadway and catching a ride with an Oklahoma police officer. Read More

Horses Perish in Tennessee Barn Blaze

Fire authorities said an electrical connection caused the fire that killed 11 horses on Nov. 28. Read More