Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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FEI Appoints Task Force on Doping and Medications

February 01, 2005

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau established a six-person task force to reassess policies necessary to eliminate abusive and... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test 300 Shows

February 01, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was to begin testing for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows in January as a result of a recommendation made by the drug and medications task force.

The task... Read More

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Drug Consortium Moves on Violations, "Milkshakes"

January 26, 2005

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has set a deadline for adoption of recommended uniform medication violations and testing protocol for "milkshakes," which are mixtures of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a racehorse before i... Read More

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SmartPak Equine Launches SmartPink line to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

January 26, 2005

SmartPak Equine has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to offer Kensington's line of durable and functional horse products in a striking pink plaid design, dubbed SmartPink, available exclusively through SmartPak.... Read More

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Bill Introduced to Restore Prohibition of Wild Horses to Slaughter

January 26, 2005

Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia introduced a bill (H.R. 297) to the House of Representatives on Jan. 25 that would restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and burros.

In a speech to the 109th... Read More

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How to Manage Starved Horses and Effectively Work with Humane and Law Enforcement Officials

January 20, 2005

In an ideal scenario, horses that have been seized by humane organization officials and local law enforcement should be evaluated to determine if there's evidence of neglect or abuse, and to educate (owners) on how to take better care of the horses.... Read More

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Owner of Central Kentucky Seized Horses Makes Statement

January 18, 2005

Amy Labbe, owner of the mare and foal seized by the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 5 and brought to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (HEMI) because of their malnourished condition, comes to the defense of Nancy an... Read More

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Farm and Track Chaplaincies Seek Assistance

January 14, 2005

Touted as the 2005 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale Prayer Breakfast, the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy (a division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America) held a well-attended meeting at Keeneland the morning of Jan. 13 to give insight... Read More

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Tsunami's Effects on Horses Unclear; Work Animals Likely Affected

January 10, 2005

No one has ventured to guess the extent of devastation to horses in tsunami-ravaged areas in Asia. The initial disaster and the resulting shortages of food and clean water could affect many work animals in regions of southern India areas and in... Read More

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Malnourished Horses Seized in Kentucky

January 10, 2005

Twenty-four horses have been confiscated from a Lexington, Ky., farm by the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) after one dead horse was found in a pasture. Four of the horses were in acute condition from starvation and were transported to Hagyard... Read More

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Allyn G. Mann Named Senior Manager of Luitpold's Animal Health Division

January 07, 2005

Allyn G. Mann has returned to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as senior manager of the Animal Health Division. Mann was most recently at Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division, where he was the Equine Product Manager.

"Allyn's return to... Read More

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Arizona Racing Officials Prepared to Delve into Raids, Medication

January 05, 2005

Arizona Department of Racing officials have planned hearings in early January for eight horse owners or trainers whose barns were raided by state and federal officials Dec. 15 at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.

The raids, according to the... Read More

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Whip Use and Racing Falls

January 01, 2005

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool in England found that the risk of falling in hurdle and steeplechase races was significantly associated with whip use and a horse's progress while competing. The results of the work... Read More

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USEF Permits Use of Surpass

January 01, 2005

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permitted the therapeutic use of Surpass, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the Food and Drug... Read More

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AAEP Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities

January 01, 2005

Because of the vital services provided to unwanted, neglected, or abused horses by equine rescue and retirement groups, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed a new resource guide titled Care Guidelines for... Read More

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Basic Horse Anatomy and Physiology

January 01, 2005

Gain an understanding of how the horse is constructed and what this means in the realm of form to function.... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test An Additional 300 Shows

December 28, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will test for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows. The efforts to protect the American Quarter Horse comes from a recommendation made by a drug and medications task... Read More

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AAEP Announces Unwanted Horse Summit

December 17, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has announced plans for hosting an Unwanted Horse Summit. The Summit, a one-day conference bringing equine industry leaders together to address the problem of unwanted horses, will take... Read More

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Hild Pleads Innocent to Animal Cruelty Charges

December 14, 2004

According to an AP story on Bloodhorse.com, racehorse trainer Glenn Hild pleaded innocent Dec. 7 to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.

Hild, former owner of Broken Word Farm, nea... Read More

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Wisconsin Veterinary Technicians Instrumental in Formation of New Group

December 13, 2004

As both human and veterinary medicine continue to advance, client expectations also increase. Clients have grown used to being able to bring their pets to veterinary specialists. Now, veterinary technicians are also starting to organize... Read More

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Bill Rider Makes Wild Horses Eligible for Slaughter

December 13, 2004

Some feral horses and burros rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now eligible to be sold at public auctions to the highest bidder.

The appropriations bill for 2005 (H.R. 4818) was made public law on Dec. 7. This bill ha... Read More

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California Legislator Introduces Milkshake Bill

December 10, 2004

Assembly member Jerome E. Horton announced legislation Dec. 7 to combat illegal substances in California racehorses, in particular milkshakes.

The bill would require the California Horse Racing Board to adopt emergency regulations to... Read More

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British Horse Society welcomes new Government Initiative

December 07, 2004

The British Horse Society has welcomed the recent announcement by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) minister, Alun Michael, that U.K. land grazed by horses can now benefit from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)... Read More

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KEEP Auction Raises More Than $2.2 Million

December 07, 2004

Billed as the "greatest season auction of all time," the Dec. 3 auction of stallion seasons to benefit the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) raised more than $2.2 million.

Topped by a season to Storm Cat purchased by Frederic... Read More

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FEI: Decision on German Olympic Medication Cases

December 04, 2004

Goldfever 3 and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany--2004 Athens Olympic Games
Following a hearing held in Zurich (SUI) on Dec. 2, the FEI Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.... Read More