Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Controversial Massachusetts Horse Case Pushed Back to May Date

April 08, 2008

The controversial Massachusetts animal cruelty case involving a geriatric mare that some animal welfare advocates maintain should be euthanized was continued to May 6 during a pre-trial hearing today in Uxbridge District Court.

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Man Arrested for Punching Police Horse

April 07, 2008

Police said a Lakeland, Fla., man was arrested after he punched a police horse in the rear.

A Tampa Police Department report said Carl Coward, 24, balled his fist and punched the horse in the right rear hip area as the officer and horse wer... Read More

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Ohio Groups Launch Equine Coalition

April 07, 2008

The Ohio horse industry has officially launched the Ohio Equine Industry Coalition, a group designed to find solutions to what it calls an "economic crisis" for the industry.

The organization, which will include all equine breeds and... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Injured Equestrian Chiacchia Heading Home

April 03, 2008

Injured Olympic equestrian Darren Chiacchia will be moved to a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital Thursday to begin the next stage of rehab after a fall from a horse left him with head, rib, and lung injuries.

Chiacchia will be transferred to Buffalo'... Read More

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AHC Equine Industry Directory Now Available

April 03, 2008

A comprehensive national directory of breed and sport organizations, equine publications, state resource,s and racing and gaming organizations is now available for purchase from the American Horse Council (AHC).

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74 Horses Removed from Kentucky Farm Recovering

April 03, 2008

A week after animal welfare officials removed 74 horses from a Jessamine County, Ky., farm, the animals are gaining strength and acclimating to their new surroundings.

"When they first came off the trailer, they were listless," said Kim... Read More

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Additional Groups Sponsoring Equine Summit

April 02, 2008

An additional four organizations will be sponsoring the inaugural Kentucky International Equine Summit, to be held April 28-29, 2008. These groups include the American Horse Council, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the North American... Read More

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One Year Later, Horses Seized in Indiana Faring Well

April 02, 2008

Nearly a year after Indiana Horse Rescue (IHR) Southwest took over the care of more than 100 horses on a Gibson County, Ind., farm, the animals continue to improve, and many have been adopted into new homes.

Between seized animals and a... Read More

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ASPCA Awards 10 Equine Grants

April 01, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced the recipients of equine grants for the first quarter of 2008. At a time when hay prices are at a record high and many areas of the country have experienced... Read More

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Merial Becomes AQHA Corporate Partner

April 01, 2008

Merial is now an official corporate partner of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Additionally, three Merial brand products were named as official AQHA pharmaceutical products: GastroGard (omeprazole), UlcerGard (omeprazole), and... Read More

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HSUS Soring Hotline Heats Up

March 31, 2008

Just days after advertisements appeared in Middle Tennessee newspapers offering cash for information about violators of the state's anti-soring law, phones at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) began to ring.

"We received more... Read More

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Volunteers to Patrol Trail Around Cincinnati/Northern Ky. Airport

March 30, 2008

Anna Zinkhon will get to take her horse where it hasn't been before.

Zinkhon, president of the board of directors of Northern Kentucky Horse Network, is one of the first to sign up for a program recruiting volunteers to patrol about eight mile... Read More

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Market for Mare Milk Gives Rise to Equine Dairy Industry

March 29, 2008

Nearly a dozen velvety black Ariègeois broodmares and an approved stallion roam and graze freely across a 120-acre pasture in the French Massif Central hills. These horses are the foundation of Nathalie and Xavier Niaux's Domaine de Merens de... Read More

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Evaluation Finds New York City Carriage Horses are Healthy

March 29, 2008

A veterinarian hired by the industry group that promotes horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park says the animals are healthy and well cared for.

The Horse and Carriage Association commissioned the evaluation by John Lowe, a... Read More

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28 Emaciated Horses Seized in Oklahoma

March 29, 2008

Twenty-eight horses were escorted off a farm near Norman, Okla., under veterinary supervision after the veterinarian inspected the horses and described several of them as "significantly undernourished." Police also found carcasses of two horses... Read More

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University of Wisconsin Improves Equine Diagnostics with Longer Endoscope

March 29, 2008

When a horse has digestive tract or respiratory problems, doctors need a long tube to get all the way inside to see what's going on. That's why veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine are so pleased to... Read More

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Draper Equine Therapy Anti-Sweat Sheet

March 28, 2008

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Steroid Regulation Efforts Turning a Corner

March 27, 2008

Anyone who caught the opening comments of the March 26 medication roundtable in Austin, Texas, but left early and returned at its conclusion would have thought the worst--an industry meeting on the divisive topic of use of drugs in racehorses ha... Read More

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Commentary: Let's Get Fiscal

March 26, 2008

It hit hardest at the supermarket, when I noticed that a pound of carrots, our horses' favorite treat, cost $1.49.

While not an economist, it was clear that these are difficult fiscal times. Costs for just about all goods and services have... Read More

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Horse Killed on California Freeway

March 25, 2008

A horse was struck and killed by a vehicle when a herd of horses wandered onto a dark stretch of the Riverside Freeway before dawn Monday morning in the Corona area outside of Los Angeles, Calif.

Eastbound traffic was backed up for miles... Read More

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Rescue Ponies Bounce Back in Time for Easter

March 23, 2008

The first group of ponies rescued from a farm in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, U.K., early in the New Year are "bouncing back to health," according to Susan Lewis, marketing manager at The Horse Trust.

After three months in quarantine with goo... Read More

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Horse Violates Human Hospital Visitation Rules

March 23, 2008

A man hoping to cheer up an ailing relative at Wilcox Memorial Hospital hadn't considered one of the visitation rules: No horses allowed.

The man thought the patient would enjoy seeing his stallion, said Lani Yukimura, a spokeswoman at the... Read More

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Trexlers Face Felony Charges in S.C. Abuse Case

March 22, 2008

A Richland County, S.C., grand jury handed down indictments last week for brothers James Trexler and Terry Trexler and for their mother, Hazelene Trexler, in connection with an ongoing case of animal abuse involving horses. The indictments add... Read More

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Virginia: Free Pre-Race Steroids Tests

March 22, 2008

The Virginia Racing Commission will offer free pre-race testing for anabolic and androgenic steroids in horses that race at Colonial Downs this year.

The commission, at its March 19 meeting, unanimously adopted regulations and penalties... Read More