Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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West Virginia Rescuer Charged

October 08, 2010

The operator of a West Virginia horse rescue has been charged with multiple animal cruelty counts in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals on her Martinsburg farm. Last month, Berkeley County law enforcement authorities... Read More

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Unwanted Horses: Rescue and Sanctuary Organizations Unable to Keep Up

October 07, 2010

Each year there are about 100,000 unwanted horses in the United States, too many for the registered equine rescue and sanctuary groups to handle, according to a recent survey by researchers at the University of California, Davis. They found that th... Read More

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Commentary: Give Bute the Boot

October 06, 2010

Without question, Bute and other NASAIDs help horses in training. But do we really need them on race day? Most vets will say it's better to give a horse time off rather than medication.... Read More

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Georgia Farm Operator Charged

October 06, 2010

A Georgia man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment on his Habersham County farm. County animal control authorities and personnel from the ... Read More

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Deworming: Readers Use Strategies

October 05, 2010

More than 470 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What drives your deworming product selection decision?" ... Read More

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Study: Horse's Stress Levels Increase During Events

October 05, 2010

Horses might experience increased stress during equestrian events and competitions, but that stress appears relatively mild and might even be beneficial according to new research by Austrian, German, and French equitation scientists.... Read More

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Canadian Protests Target Horse Processing

October 05, 2010

More than 100 anti-slaughter protestors targeted horse processing plants, restaurants, and specialty butcher shops in 10 Canadian cities yesterday to promote support of C-544, legislation that would amend the Canadian Health of Animals Act to f... Read More

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Free Equine Nutrition Seminar at Michigan State

October 05, 2010

Two veterinarians from Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine will present a free seminar on equine nutrition on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar will take place in E-100 Veterinary Medical Center on the ... Read More

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Improve Digestion to Prevent Intestinal Upset in Sport Horses

October 03, 2010

One of the many factors that can affect a competition horse's focus is intestinal upset--specifically impaction and spasmodic colic. Kyle Newman, PhD, of Venture Laboratories, explored how sport horse owners can help prevent these colic epi... Read More

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Walking The Line (Our Appropriate--or Inappropriate--Use of The Horse)

October 01, 2010

Both science and society have a role in deciding what constitutes an appropriate level of animal welfare and the appropriate use of the horse. While science can determine what type or degree of animal welfare risk exists under specific circumstances... Read More

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Considerations When Purchasing or Adopting an Ex-Racehorse for Sport

September 30, 2010

Thoroughbreds that have retired from the racetrack often transition into sport horse careers, but prospective ... Read More

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Readers Like to See Proof for Rotational Deworming

September 28, 2010

More than 800 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What would make you stop using a rotational deworming program?" ... Read More

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Convicted Ohio Horse Trainer Sentenced

September 27, 2010

Robin Vess, the Ohio horse trainer found guilty in April on more than 40 counts of second degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak... Read More

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New Motion Seeks Halt to BLM Activities

September 27, 2010

A wild horse advocate is asking a federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management from rounding-up animals anywhere gathers are planned. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 24, Laura Leigh asked the c... Read More

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Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society President Wins TVMA Good Samaritan Visionary Award

September 26, 2010

Jennifer Williams, PhD, of Lorena, Texas, and Executive Director of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society was recently awarded the Texas Veterinary Medical Association's (TVMA) 2010 Good Samaritan Visionary Award. According to the TVMA, the Good Sam... Read More

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Fair Play: World Equestrian Games

September 26, 2010

For decades the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has governed major international equestrian events with the objective of keeping the sport fair and drug-free--an initiative the FEI refers to as "Clean Sport." Recently, however, the FEI... Read More

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Equine Research Featured in UK's Odyssey Magazine

September 25, 2010

The fall 2010 issue of the University of Kentucky's Odyssey magazine features three articles on equine research in the Department of Veterinary Science. Odyssey is published by the Office of the Vice President for Resear... Read More

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Irwin Foundation Donates $10,000 to Seminar Series

September 24, 2010

The Irwin Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center to fund veterinary education. The money will be used to support the 2011 Department of Veterinary Science Equine Diagnostic and Research Se... Read More

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UK Features Projects on African-Americans in Kentucky's Equine History

September 24, 2010

Lexington played a significant role in the early history of horse racing and the equine industry, but few people are aware of the African-American jockeys, trainers, grooms, and handlers who helped shape the Bluegrass' horse heritage.... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Networking Association Hosts Inaugural Meeting

September 23, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Council and the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative recently announced the formation of the Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) and held its inaugural meeting to a capacity crowd on Sept. 16 at Spindletop Hall ... Read More

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Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course

September 23, 2010

"Things are Changing," is the title of an exciting horse owners' two-day short course being offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension offices in Mifflin and Juniata Counties and the Penn State Extension Equine Natural Working Gr... Read More

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Wild Horses: New Mexico Plan Would Create Nation's First State-Owned Sanctuary

September 23, 2010

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wants his state to be the first to establish a state-owned sanctuary for wild horses. On Sept. 16 Richardson announced he would use $2.8 million in funds awarded to the state under the American Rec... Read More

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Upset Lingers Over Proposed Bute Regulation in Horse Racing

September 22, 2010

The largest horsemen's group in the country continues to call for the racing industry to perform thorough research before it continues with its plan to lower the testing threshold for phenylbutazone, a commonly used non-steroidal anti-infla... Read More

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Retired Racehorses Benefit from Charity Poker Tournament

September 22, 2010

California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a charitable 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that care for retired racehorses in California, recently held their 3rd annual charity T... Read More

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Utah Fire Forces Horse Evacuations

September 21, 2010

More than 80 horses are residing at a Salt Lake County, Utah, equestrian center after a wild fire forced them from their homes this past weekend. The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon when a training exercise at Camp Williams, a ... Read More