Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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New TheHorse.com Equine Fact Sheets Available

June 04, 2009

TheHorse.com launched the first in a series of Fact Sheets on Jan. 13 to widespread acclaim. This week we present more Fact Sheets on topics our readers have indicated are important to them based on searched terms, reader views on that topic,... Read More

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Standardbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses

June 04, 2009

TheHorse.com and the U.S. Trotting Association have joined forces to create a Standardbred Adoption Service listing for horses offered free to good homes. This is designed after TheHorse.com's successful Thoroughbred Adoption Service.

The... Read More

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AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

June 03, 2009

The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare.

The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year'... Read More

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Mixed Results on Slaughter Bills as State Legislatures Adjourn

June 02, 2009

The sponsor of Tennessee legislation promoting horse processing plant development in that state is not giving up on the bill, although it's now stalled in the state's Senate Commerce Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Frank Niceley, HB 1428 would... Read More

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Vet in Cobra Venom Case Sues Racing Commission

June 01, 2009

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations including possession of cobra venom, has filed a suit in Franklin (Kentucky) Circuit Court alleging that the... Read More

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The New Mikmar Feather Bit

June 01, 2009

Following two years of testing and development, Mikmar Bit Company announces the New Mikmar Feather Bit, a streamlined version of the Mikmar Training Bit and Combination Bit.

Offering a slimmer mouthpiece and a detachable leather wrappe... Read More

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What About the Budweiser Clydesdales?

May 29, 2009

TheHorse.com has had numerous questions about the fate of the Budweiser Clydesdales since it was announced in July of 2008 that Belgian brewer InBev had purchased Anheuser-Busch, creating the world's largest brewer. Another spate of questions... Read More

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It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

May 28, 2009

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory... Read More

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Castration Clinics Snip Away at Unwanted Horse Population

May 27, 2009

Equine groups across the country are attempting to reduce the number of unwanted horses at the source, through subsidized castration clinics aimed to reduce the number of foals hitting the ground.

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One Shot Waterless Shampoo

May 27, 2009

Best Shot Equine has added a new, self-rinsing waterless shampoo for horse owners on the go. One Shot Waterless Shampoo provides a quick and easy solution for last minute touch-up jobs and winter bathing.

One Shot Waterless Shampoo is... Read More

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APHIS Adds More Public Meeting Dates to Discuss NAIS

May 27, 2009

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has added six dates to their public meeting schedule to discuss stakeholder concerns related to the implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

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DLF International Seeds to Provide Grass Seed for the 2010 WEG

May 27, 2009

The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced that DLF International Seeds will become a supplier to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010.

The World Equestrian... Read More

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National Wild Horse Adoption Day Launches Web Site

May 26, 2009

The National Wild Horse Adoption Day Web site is now live. Located at nationalwildhorseadoptionday.org or Read More

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Rachel Isn't the Only One; Standardbred Mare to Face International Group of Boys

May 26, 2009

Rachel Alexandra isn't the only female racehorse traveling around and beating the boys these days. Champion Standardbred trotting mare Buck I St Pat (her owners are from Ohio, the Buckeye state) will travel to Sweden tomorrow and race on Sunday... Read More

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Hawaii Horse Expo to Benefit Horse Rescue Fund

May 25, 2009

The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009, sponsored in part by Mâlama Lio, a Hawaiian horse magazine, is slated for Aug. 14-16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea on Hawaii's Big Island. Proceeds from the... Read More

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American Paint Horse Foundation Launches New Therapeutic Riding Program

May 24, 2009

The American Paint Horse Foundation's (APHF) mission to "improve lives through the power of Paints," was strengthened recently, when the charitable organization reached its goal of raising $25,000 to start a therapeutic riding fund.

In only si... Read More

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Horses, Inmates Find Care, Comfort in Each Other

May 24, 2009

Pete Luce was a bundle of nerves the first time he stood next to a towering former racehorse, knowing he could be seriously injured or killed with one kick.

Months later, Luce moves easily among the 1-ton animals at a Virginia prison in a... Read More

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100 Horses Seized, Felony Abuse Charges for California Family

May 23, 2009

A California Superior Court Judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to press felony charges against several members of a family accused of maltreating horses at their Ventura County ranch.

Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law... Read More

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UK Charity The Horse Trust Announces New President

May 22, 2009

Baroness Ann Mallalieu, QC, has become the new president of The Horse Trust, the UK's oldest horse charity.

Mallalieu assumed the presidency May 14 at the charity's Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place at its... Read More

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New Group Works to Preserve Foundation Morgan Horse

May 22, 2009

Concerned about the declining numbers of classic Morgan horses, breeders and owners around the country have united to form the Foundation Morgan Horse Society (FMHS).

The 133 members of the society are working to preserve the heritage, type... Read More

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New Charges Against Nebraska Mustang Ranch Operator

May 21, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros now faces more than 140 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals seized from his... Read More

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Texas Groups Win Custody of 57 Seized Horses

May 20, 2009

A Texas Justice of the Peace has awarded custody of 57 Thoroughbred and Arabian horses to the equine welfare groups that have been caring for them since the animals were seized May... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Park to Host Second Equine Adoption Fair

May 18, 2009

In response to the plight of abused and neglected horses, the Kentucky Horse Park last year held its inaugural John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair to provide assistance to organizations involved in rescuing them.

"Last year's adoption... Read More

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Texas Groups Care for Seized Herd

May 18, 2009

More than 50 allegedly neglected horses are receiving rehabilitative care from two Texas rescue agencies after they were removed from their owner's care earlier this month.

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Abandoned Horse Recovering from Head Injury

May 15, 2009

An abandoned Thoroughbred gelding found near Mesa, Ariz., is recovering from injuries and regaining condition better than his foster owner expected.

Gwen Cleary has been caring for the horse, called Solo Vino, since he Read More