Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Equine Star of Seabiscuit Film Passes

March 07, 2005

His registered name was "I Two Step Too," but to thousands of people who fell in love with him, he became known as "Seabiscuit," after the movie in which he starred. I Two Step Too was euthanatized today at the Kentucky Horse Park after battling... Read More

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Drug Testing

March 03, 2005

Controversy over medication and drug testing has been around since organized equine competitions came into being. There has always been more disagreement than agreement among the various factions involved, and more contention than harmony. Drug... Read More

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Care and Welfare

March 03, 2005

Twenty-four, seven--that's what caring for horses entails. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, horses are the responsibility of someone. And that's if they are young and healthy, turned out, and don't need special care. If they have... Read More

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Risk Factors for Horse Falls in U.K. Hurdle and Steeplechase Racing

March 03, 2005

It is well documented that the equine fatality rate for hurdling and steeplechase racing is significantly higher than that of flat racing. The disparity in fatality rates is likely due to the fact that the types of injuries sustained in jump... Read More

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U.S. Horse Abuse Cases in January

March 03, 2005

Numerous horse abuse cases have been reported during the month of January throughout the United States.

  • Miami, Fla., humane officials are working with the unnamed owner of five malnourished horses removed from his property on Jan. 4. On... Read More

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Judge Orders Exhumation of Champion Saddlebred

March 03, 2005

A federal judge in Lexington, Ky., has ordered that the body of American Saddlebred champion Wild Eyed and Wicked be exhumed for additional forensic testing. The exhumation was set to begin on Feb. 2.

Wicked was one of five top Saddlebreds... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: The Grab Bag

March 03, 2005

Stopping Equine Aggression With An Electronic Collar

"Aggressive behavior in horses is expensive," said Michelle A. Kennedy, DVM, a private practitioner in Delta, Colo. Veterinary expense, property damage, loss of use of affected... Read More

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AAEP Convention Wrap-Up 2004: The Unwanted Horse

March 03, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) made the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States a priority for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention.

While the AAEP's stand against... Read More

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All Horses Need Care

March 01, 2005

All of us believe we're responsible horse owners. We provide adequate care and nutrition, call the veterinarian when our horses don't seem quite right or need an annual examination, and in many cases treat them like members of our own families.... Read More

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Rescue & Rehab Facilities

March 01, 2005

To most people, the aging process seems cruel. Your body becomes less dependable, you can't do things as quickly as you used to, and you take a long time to recover from illness and injury. For horses, all of this applies and, in many cases, to ... Read More

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AQHA Approves Surpass

February 24, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association has Surpass, a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. The AQHA Executive Committee approved the medication during their January meeting to keep in line with the rules of the United States... Read More

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AAEP Releases Guidelines Addressing Use of Compounded Medications

February 22, 2005

The Drug Compounding Task Force of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released guidelines regarding the responsible use of compounded medications by veterinarians. The guidelines are the result of the association's... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Medication and Doping Holds Second Meeting

February 16, 2005

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Task Force on Medication and Doping, Chaired by Sven Holmberg of Sweden, held its second meeting in Paris on Feb. 2. The a six-person task force was established in late 2004 to re-assess... Read More

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Launches "Ask the Expert"

February 16, 2005

"Ask the Expert," a new feature of the Rutgers Equine Science Center web site, www.esc.rutgers.edu, invites horse owners and enthusiasts to seek science-based answers to their questions... Read More

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Rutgers Annual NAERIC Yearling Benefit Auction

February 16, 2005

Twelve Belgian/Quarter Horse cross yearlings will be sold on May 1, 2005, at an auction that will benefit the Rutgers Cook College Young Horse Teaching and Research Program. The auction will take place at the Round House on the Cook College... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Performance Horse Forum

February 14, 2005

Performance horse veterinarians treat everything from the cutting horse to the dressage mount, but when it comes to issues pertinent to their practice, they are much alike. The problems of online and traveling pharmacies, clients' administering... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: The Unwanted Horse

February 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has added the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States to its priority list for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention Dec. 5-8, 2004, in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: AAEP's View of H.R. 857 and Horse Slaughter in the United States

February 14, 2005

Approximately 55,000 horses are slaughtered each year in the United States. These horses are most often sent to a processing facility because they are no longer serviceable, are infirm, dangerous, or their owners are no longer able to care for... Read More

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COX-2 Selective Drugs Considered Safe for Horses

February 14, 2005

Following the release of human clinical trial data demonstrating the link between pain-relieving medications known as COX-2 inhibitors and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a... Read More

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NYRA Milkshake Tests to Begin Feb. 16

February 10, 2005

The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.

Random pre-race testing... Read More

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Double D Ranch Makes Statement on Reburial of Saddlebred

February 09, 2005

Dena Lopez of Double D Ranch sent this press release to The Horse and other news outlets on the afternoon of Feb. 8.

On behalf of Double D Ranch, and as Wild Eyed & Wicked's... Read More

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Beerbaum Files Appeal in Case that Could Affect Olympic Show Jumping Team Medal Standings

February 09, 2005

As announced by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) earlier this week, German Olympian Ludger Beerbaum filed an appeal on Feb. 3 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision taken by the FEI Judicial Committee. Th... Read More

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Reburial Plans for Wild Eyed and Wicked Detailed

February 09, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Park released the following information this afternoon (Feb. 9):

Joe and Sally Jackson and the Kentucky Horse Park announced arrangements for the reburial of the... Read More

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The Exhumation Process Explained

February 09, 2005

Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD, Dipl. ABFA, professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a forensic anthropologist, headed the team that performed the three-day exhumation of champion Saddlebred Wild Eyed and Wicked... Read More

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Report: Kentucky Tracks Might Test for Milkshakes

February 07, 2005

Kentucky racetracks could begin testing for "milkshakes" this spring under their own guidelines, officials said.

A milkshake is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a horse before it competes. Milkshakes are believed to... Read More