Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Prosecution for Unauthorized Possession of Veterinary Medicines

October 02, 2006

A U.K. resident was successfully prosecuted last week for possessing unauthorized veterinary medicines, reports the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra).

On Sept. 27, Peter Pippin of Methryr Tydfil was found guilty... Read More

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Humane Concerns

October 01, 2006

What to do with unwanted horses? Unwanted by their owners for many reasons. Good, bad, old, lame, unmanageable, etc., all need new homes. Most find new owners with good, caring families, but some are taken to sales and are bought for under $300 by... Read More

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Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More

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The Straight Dope

October 01, 2006

Is post-event drug testing becoming too sensitive, netting too many innocent violators? Are drug withdrawal guidelines for therapeutic medications too unreliable to be useful? Or are policies and tests being fine-tuned in a sensible manner in order... Read More

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Equine Sports Massage 101

October 01, 2006

Your horse is yawning profusely, licking, chewing, and gradually lowering her head. Her eyes slowly glaze over, as her lower lip becomes slack. Is this the effect of drugs? No, this apparent sedation is the effect of skilled bodywork. It's a result... Read More

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Several From Horse Industry Among Flight 5191 Victims

October 01, 2006

Several people involved with horses were on board Comair Flight 5191, a CRJ-200 regional jet, when it crashed shortly after taking off from the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 27. According to Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the... Read More

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Canada's Vet Definition Dilemmas

October 01, 2006

The Supreme Court of British Columbia's recent injunction prohibiting a farrier from practicing equine dentistry is the latest episode in an ongoing conflict between the veterinary associations of Canada's three westernmost provinces, animal owners... Read More

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Love is in the Air: Estrus Odor Recognized Across Species Lines

October 01, 2006

French researchers with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique have discovered that the odors associated with females in estrus can be identified by different mammals.

In the study, male rats were exposed to the feces of foxes,... Read More

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AQHA Seeks Participants for Leadership Program

October 01, 2006

The American Quarter Horse Association knows the importance of great leaders, which is the reason for Leadership AQHA. Approaching its third year of existence, Leadership AQHA was created to strengthen the American Quarter Horse industry through... Read More

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Invitational Show Will Award Tennessee Walker World Grand Champion Title

September 30, 2006

Because of the early closure of the National Celebration show last month, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) will host a show in late November to select a 2006 World Grand Champion.

Jerrold Pedigo... Read More

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Missouri Horse Accident Update

September 29, 2006

The Humane Society of Missouri says it's working to secure ownership of 25 horses and a mule that survived a crash Wednesday (Sept. 27) on Interstate 44 near Sullivan.

Investigators say the creatures were en route to a... Read More

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CHRB Files Drug Complaint Against Mullins

September 29, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has filed a complaint against trainer Jeff Mullins for multiple rule violations after a horse in his care, Robs Coin, tested positive for mepivacaine in the post-race urine sample.

Robs Coin... Read More

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Horses Rescued from Tractor-Trailer Wreck Healing at Missouri Humane Society

September 29, 2006

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch responded to reports of a horrific tractor-trailer accident on I-44 near St. Clair, Mo., that involved 42 horses bound for slaughter.

At 3:15 a.m.... Read More

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South Africa Hosts First NRHA-Approved Show

September 29, 2006

It was a history-making event as South Africa hosted its first ever National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) approved show. This NRHA historic milestone was held Saturday, Sept. 9th at the Southern Riding Center in Johannesburg. Seventeen... Read More

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AQHA and Tractor Supply Company Team for Special Event Saturday

September 29, 2006

Spend your Saturday at the American Quarter Horse Association Out Here With Horses Special Event! AQHA would like to invite all horse-interested people to your local Tractor Supply store tomorrow (Sept. 30)! AQHA and its new Corporate... Read More

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Virginia Equine Extravaganza: Bring the Whole Family

September 28, 2006

Pack up the family and head for the horses October 27-29, 2006 at Richmond's Raceway Complex. The third-annual Virginia Equine Extravaganza offers activities for youth and equine entertainment the whole family can enjoy together at an affordable... Read More

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Hall of Famer Precisionist Euthanatized

September 27, 2006

Precisionist, a champion, Breeders' Cup winner, and member of racing's Hall of Fame, was euthanatized Sept. 27 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky., less than four months after arriving at the facility. The 25-year-old horse was suffering from an... Read More

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BLM Rounds Up Wild Horses from Fire-Ravaged Nevada Range

September 27, 2006

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rounded up more than 500 wild horses from northeastern Nevada rangeland devastated by wildfires, the agency said Tuesday.

Nearly 1 million acres mainly in Elko County burned this year from a series of... Read More

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Differences in Serotonin Gene Show No Correlation to Anxiety

September 27, 2006

Subtle differences in the serotonin transport gene in horses might not have a role in anxiety after all, according to researchers with the Laboratory of Veterinary Ethology in Tokyo. Their study was published in June issue of the Journal of... Read More

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Nomination Deadline Nears For Two New USEF Youth Programs

September 27, 2006

There is still time to contact your affiliate and submit a nomination for the USEF Youth Council and the USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award. The deadline for USEF to receive nominations from the affiliates for the Youth Council is October... Read More

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Adverse Effects of a Performance Enhancer

September 27, 2006

Researchers found that a performance-enhancing drug caused unpredictable, severe, and possibly life-threatening effects on horses. In a study completed at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, researchers examined abnormal... Read More

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16 Horses Die in Highway Crash

September 27, 2006

Sixteen of 42 horses en route to an Illinois slaughterhouse died after a crash early Wednesday (Sept. 27) on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo.

The truck overturned about 3:30 a.m. between Sullivan and St. Clair while en route to Cave... Read More

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New Director for Morris Animal Foundation's Equine Health Initiative Named

September 26, 2006

Deborah T. Tatum has joined Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) as the director of an unprecedented, multi-institutional equine health initiative. In the role of director of the equine health initiative, Ms. Tatum will lead MAF's multimillion dollar... Read More

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Experts Educate at BHS Horse Welfare Conference

September 25, 2006

The British Horse Society, in partnership with The Home of Rest for Horses, held its second Equine Welfare Conference yesterday (Sept. 24) at Bailbrook House, Bath.

The packed conference, entitled A Horse for Life, focused on many aspects... Read More

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East Texas Mayor Hopes Congress Can Close Slaughter Plant

September 25, 2006

A mile from one of only three horse slaughter plants in the United States, the stale smell of offal and blood wafts under Mayor Paula Bacon's nose.
"It's a kill day, isn't it?" she says, referring to the plant's twice a week slaughter... Read More