Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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USDA Releases NAIS Veterinarian's Toolkit

December 25, 2008

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released A Veterinarian's Toolkit for use with the National Animal... Read More

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Iowa State Veterinary Students Excel in Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment

December 25, 2008

Iowa State University veterinary medicine students took high honors at the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition recently. ISU-UNL second-year student Jennafer Glaesemann, Fairbury, Neb., placed first in the individual competition,... Read More

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Remember Working Equids this Holiday Season

December 24, 2008

As Christmas cards arrive in the mail, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) asks horse owners around the world to remember the "cards" received by many working animals. According to SPANA, many working horses and donkeys in... Read More

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FEI Clean Sport Commission Moves Ahead

December 24, 2008

FEI Anti-Doping and Medication Commission Chair Arne Ljungqvist, MD, PhD, FEI First Vice President Sven Holmberg, and FEI Secretary General Alexander McLin met Dec. 16 to plot the way forward for the FEI Clean Sport Commission, which was recentl... Read More

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Tis the Season: Readers Share Their Holiday Spirits

December 23, 2008

More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you, as a horse person, celebrate the holiday season?"

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Group Effort to Rescue Horses Trapped in Snow Ongoing

December 23, 2008

Residents of British Columbia, Canada, have banded together to free two horses trapped by snow in the mountains near the community of McBride.

Snowmobilers discovered the horses last week near Mount Renshaw. The animals are extremely thin.... Read More

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ASPCA Offers Hay Supply Grants

December 22, 2008

For 501c(3) equine rescue groups and sanctuaries that have been hit hard by rising hay prices, farm foreclosures, and uncooperative weather, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers Read More

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Norwegian Show Jumping Team to Lose Medals

December 22, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Camiro ridden by Tony Andre Hanse... Read More

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New York Laws Designed to Protect Carriage Horses

December 22, 2008

During the busy--and very often cold--holiday season, carriage horse rides seem to be a staple of tourist activity in New York City. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) would like the public to be aware of some... Read More

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Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration to Step Up Drug Tests

December 21, 2008

The 2009 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will see more drug tests pulled on competing horses, according to an article in The... Read More

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New York Racehorse Steroid Ban in Effect Jan. 1

December 19, 2008

New York racing regulators have approved a final set of rules restricting the use of anabolic steroids in horse racing, effective Jan. 1, 2009. New York officials said the rules send a strong message to those hoping to use illegal... Read More

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Five Finalists for Horse of the Year Honors

December 19, 2008

On Jan. 16, when the 2009 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting convenes in Cincinnati, Ohio, the recipient of the 2008 Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year will be announced.

This prestigious title is awarded each yea... Read More

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New Charges for Pennsylvania Stable Owner

December 19, 2008

A Pennsylvania man who has previously been prosecuted for animal abuse faces 38 new animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect of 11 ponies and a donkey. Joseph Mayer, owner of Hallo Stables in Easton, Pa., is accused of failing to... Read More

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Illinois Governor Signs Horse Racing Aid Bill

December 18, 2008

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Dec. 15 signed legislation that extends the diversion to horse racing of 3% of revenue from the state's four highest-grossing riverboat casinos. The provision is estimated to be worth as much as $30 million a year,... Read More

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RSPCA Tracks Public Opinion of UK Animal Welfare

December 18, 2008

Eight out of 10 people believe that animal welfare is a key priority for a civilized society, according to new figures produced by the RSPCA--compared to five out of 10 who believed it two years ago.

David Bowles, Head of External Affairs a... Read More

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Treats, Please! Readers Share Their Favorite Horse Treats

December 18, 2008

More than 1,900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What treats do you give your horses?"

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Restitution Set in Finger Lakes Horse Abuse Case

December 18, 2008

Geraldine Trupia, the Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm owner who pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly starving 82 horses in her care, was ordered to pay $45,000 to cover expenses for the horses seized by... Read More

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Some Wild Mares to Receive Contraceptives

December 16, 2008

About 70 wild mares from the Cedar Mountain herd in Utah will receive the contraceptive porcine zona pellucida (PZP) as part of a joint effort between the Bureau of Land... Read More

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Kentucky Racing Looks to Streamline Equine Paperwork

December 16, 2008

Problems associated with having the necessary paperwork transferred in an efficient and timely matter for horses that move from state to state to compete were the focal point of discussion at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing... Read More

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Court Upholds FEI Drug Test Verdict

December 15, 2008

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Dec. 12 upheld an earlier ruling by the Tribunal of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in the case of Irish rider Jessica Kürten. Kürten's horse, Castle Forbes Maike, tested positive for... Read More

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Racing Task Force Calls for More Staff, Drug Lab

December 15, 2008

A 70-plus-page document (link directs to a 1.84 MB PDF) released Dec. 15 by the Governor'... Read More

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Rescue Horse a Contender for Horse of the Year Title

December 15, 2008

Jamaica, a 17-year-old combined driving horse who helped owner Chester Weber win a silver medal at the FEI World Championships in The Netherlands, has made a place for himself in history as a rescue horse who has gone on to do great things. Now... Read More

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Physiologic Java Jolt Supports Illegal Status of Caffeine

December 14, 2008

Not only does caffeine offer a "pick-me-up" to a large chunk of North America's population, but it has once again been confirmed as a performance-enhancing drug in horses.

In the study, "Effects of intravenous... Read More

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Wisconsin Campground Now Allowing Horses

December 14, 2008

If you are planning a camping trip to Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forrest in 2009, you’ll be allowed to bring your horse along. The newly renovated area, named the New Prospect Horse Riders Campground, will open in May of 2009.

The... Read More

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Horses Starving in British Columbia Owned by Veterinarians

December 13, 2008

Five horses allegedly found starving at a ranch in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, were seized on Friday (Dec. 10), according to a report on Read More