Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Medication in Racing and Performance Horses

February 15, 2009

Medication issues in equine competitions might have reached their highest level of public focus in 2008 due to high-profile situations such as Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's steroid regimen and the disqualification of several Olympic horses for... Read More

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New Bolton Veterinarian Reid Dead

February 14, 2009

Charles F. Reid, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, emeritus professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center and a founder of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists (ACVR), died Feb. 12.

Reid graduated from Cornel... Read More

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Readers Tell Us What They Think About Horse Licensing

February 13, 2009

Exactly 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Are you in favor of horse licensing as identification?"

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Back to Basics Horse Institute Planned at Auburn

February 13, 2009

An educational symposium for Alabama horse owners and managers--be they beginners or experienced equestrians--will be held March 28 at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn. The program will address everything from horse health to pasture... Read More

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House Committee Gets New Mustang Bill

February 13, 2009

Wild horses and burros could get more room to roam under a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Thursday by Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the... Read More

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Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

February 12, 2009

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma.

The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas,... Read More

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Montana Lawmakers Ponder Slaughter Plant Legislation

February 12, 2009

Legislators in Montana are considering a proposed measure to encourage private investor horse slaughter plant development in that state. The bill's author says the measure is intended to both create jobs in Montana, and address the state's... Read More

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States Ask to Retain Control of Equine Transport, Slaughter

February 12, 2009

Lawmakers in two Western states have sponsored resolutions urging Congress to let state legislators make up their own minds about horse slaughter issues within their lines. Wyoming's House Joint Resolution (HJR 8) and Utah's House Joint... Read More

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Seized Chicago Carriage Horses Find Temporary Home in Suburbs

February 11, 2009

Six Chicago horses belonging to J.C. Cutters Ltd. carriage company were seized on Friday, Feb. 6, amid conflicting reports on the reason for--and questions on the legality of--the action. The horses were taken to Flanery Farms, a private boardin... Read More

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Wagon Driver Injured, Horses Killed in Highway Crash

February 11, 2009

A man is in critical condition and two Percheron horses are dead after they were hit by an 18-wheel truck yesterday in Mississippi.

Bob Skelding, of Deerfield, N.H., was travelling across the United States in a homemade wagon drawn by his... Read More

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Michigan Appeals Court Reinstates Horse Torture Charges

February 10, 2009

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reinstated criminal charges in a case involving 69 horses in Jackson County. In a 12-page opinion released Feb. 3, a three-judge panel reinstated three felony counts of animal torture against Matt Mercier... Read More

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Mustang Training Competitions, Adoptions Coming in April

February 10, 2009

The Extreme Mustang Makeover, a competition featuring mustangs, will debut at Lynn Palm's Women LUV Horses event April 3-5 and will return to the Midwest Horse Fair for the second consecutive year April 17-19.

The Midwest Extreme Mustang... Read More

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AQHA Executive Vice President Stepping Down in March

February 10, 2009

The registration of more than 2 million of the now more than 5 million horses in the American Quarter Horse Association registry and a growth in membership numbers from 276,500 to more than 350,000 are examples of the success of the customer... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Offers Speakers for Equine Events

February 09, 2009

The Unwanted Horse Coalition's (UHC) National Speaker Program is up and running. The UHC has volunteers across the country who might be able to attend your equine group's event in order to present information from the Coalition. Any... Read More

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Florida Track Begins Project to Cool Barns

February 09, 2009

Calder Race Course said Feb. 9 it has begun application of a new elastomeric coating to 60 barn roofs in the track's stable area, a project that will help reduce stable temperatures normally hiked by the South Florida sun.

Calder vice... Read More

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Readers Vote on TheHorse.com's Equine Focus

February 08, 2009

Close to 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you like to see a special section on TheHorse.com that is about your other companion animals (dogs and cats)?"

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Officials Remove Six Horses from a Chicago Carriage Company

February 07, 2009

Acting on a complaint, Chicago Animal Care and Control investigators removed six horses belonging to J.C. Cutters Horse Drawn Carriages, according to an article in the Chicago... Read More

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NYC Horse Carriage Regulations Under New Scrutiny

February 06, 2009

The controversy surrounding New York City horse carriages operating amidst increasing vehicular and pedestrian traffic has heated up again, and now the Teamsters union is also involved.

In January, carriage company owners, drivers, and... Read More

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New Lecturer, Intern Coordinator for Kentucky Equine Initiative

February 05, 2009

Elizabeth LaBonty has been named lecturer and internship coordinator for the equine science and management undergraduate degree program within the University of Kentucky's (UK) College of Agriculture.

The four-year Bachelor of Science... Read More

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Surface Woes Halt Racing at Ohio Track

February 04, 2009

Poor track conditions led Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, to cancel the second through ninth races Feb. 2 and 3. Only one race was run each day, even though the surface was listed fast.

On Feb. 2 in a $2,500 claiming test with a six-horse... Read More

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Funds Available for Research on Effects of Horses on Humans

February 04, 2009

The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) is inviting proposals for studies to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research, as well as clinical studie... Read More

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Updates from the Olympic Drug Cases

February 03, 2009

A Norwegian jumper's positive doping test for capsaicin proved hotter than rider Tony Andre Hansen could handle: It caused him and mount Camiro to be disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games, thereby stripping Norway of its team bronze... Read More

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Guilty Verdicts in Montana Pack Horse Case

February 03, 2009

A father and son from Georgia were found guilty Jan. 30 of 21 counts of animal cruelty for overworking and neglecting four horses during a pack trip last summer through the mountains of Montana.

Ravalli County Justice Court Judge... Read More

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Habitat for Horses Hurricane Rebuild Completed

February 02, 2009

The long road back after a disaster of Hurricane Ike's proportions has brought Habitat for Horses to a new place that is better than ever. The ranch took a direct hit from... Read More

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Horse Council Forum to Highlight Welfare Issues

February 02, 2009

The focus this year's American Horse Council (AHC) National Issues Forum will be the "Welfare of the Horse." The Forum will be held June 16, 2009, in Washington, D.C., as part of the AHC's annual meeting.

Over the last year, concerns about... Read More