Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Appeals Court Date Set in Grass Lake Horse Abuse Case

November 04, 2008

Lawyers on both sides of a long-running and controversial Michigan horse abuse case will argue whether or not felony charges against Matt Mercier and James Henderson, Jr., should be... Read More

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FEI Asks Dressage Committee to Resign

November 03, 2008

The Executive Board of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has requested the immediate resignation of the entire FEI Dressage Committee, according to a statement posted Nov. 3 on the FEI Web site. The statement noted: "The FEI executive... Read More

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$100,000 in Grants Awarded for Research on Equine-Assisted Therapy

November 03, 2008

Equine-assisted healing techniques for people diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy will be scientifically tested in 2009 by two separate professional research teams, with the assistance of $100,000 in funding from the Horses and Humans... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Faces Economic Hurdles

November 02, 2008

Consignors are steeling themselves and their clients for a significant downturn in the market at Keeneland's breeding stock sale, which starts Nov. 3 in Lexington and runs for 15 days. But they also are hoping that the drop in prices will bring... Read More

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Unwanted Thoroughbreds: A Challenge for Sellers

November 02, 2008

With the economy struggling and the buy-back/no bid rates at Thoroughbred auctions rising, the issue of unwanted horses is a growing concern. Antony Beck, president of Gainesway Farm in Lexington, decided to try to do something about it, by... Read More

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The Next Step

November 01, 2008

What does the rest of the country think about horse owners--and the horse industry--about now? Probably not too highly, would be my guess. A call from CBS radio network reporter Stephan Kaufman out of Washington state asked if I would comment on th... Read More

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Weathering Gustav and Ike

November 01, 2008

We had our plan for Hurricane Gustav. We had been here before with Katrina. Schedules were set. Evacuation of coastal parishes was going well. Coastal pet owners and their pets (large and small) were settling in to shelters. Most horse owners knew... Read More

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TheHorse.com Launches Weekly Equine Nutrition E-Newsletter

November 01, 2008

TheHorse.com announces the launch of the most recent addition to its electronic newsletter stable, an informative weekly Equine Nutrition e-newsletter, which is available free to registered users, courtesy of Read More

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Thoroughbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses

November 01, 2008

Thoroughbreds are great athletes, and they also are great pleasure and companion animals for those who love horses.

Bloodhorse.com and TheHorse.com are teaming up to bring Thoroughbreds in need of homes to the attention of hundreds of... Read More

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Readers Weigh in on Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinics

October 30, 2008

More than 2,370 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you think low-cost equine euthanasia clinics should be widely available?"

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Effort to Match Seized New York Horses, Owners Continues

October 30, 2008

Eight weeks after seizing 85 allegedly malnourished Thoroughbred horses from a Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm, authorities with the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are still trying to match the... Read More

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Pan American Equestrian Games Could Come to Ontario

October 29, 2008

Ontario-area politicians have formed a coalition to help secure the high-profile equestrian component of the 2015 Pan/Para Pan American Games. Organizers say the Games could generate $15 billion worth of economic activity overall for their host.... Read More

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British Horse Welfare Group Reports Record Pleas for Assistance

October 28, 2008

The Horse Trust, a British equine charity, has recorded unprecedented searches for homes for unwanted horses and ponies, confirming speculation that the credit crunch is hitting horse owners in the United Kingdom hard.

In the past three... Read More

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VT Research and Extension Center Yearling Sale Raises Funds

October 28, 2008

The Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE Center) held its 17th annual yearling auction on Sunday, October 14, 2008. Twenty-three yearlings were sold for a total of $32,250 and an average price per horse of $1,402. A... Read More

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'The Horse' Museum Exhibit Coming to Pittsburgh

October 28, 2008

Carnegie Museum of Natural History will present the acclaimed exhibit The Horse, an in-depth look that showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas, and cultural objects from around the world.

The exhibit also... Read More

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Trial Date Set in Pack Horse Cruelty Case

October 28, 2008

Two men each charged with four counts of animal cruelty will begin their trial on Jan. 27 in Hamilton, Mont.

Craig Heydon, 71, and his son Curtis Heydon, 37, both from the Atlanta, Ga., area, were not present at their pretrial hearing on... Read More

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FOSH to Fund Distribution of Anti-Soring Video

October 27, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses will fund the national distribution of the award winning, anti-soring video, See It Through My Eyes. The DVD was produced by three senior Girl Scouts in Franklinville, N.Y. It won a Gold Award from the Girl Scouts... Read More

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Non-Race Breeds Protected Under Kentucky Incentive Fund

October 27, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) voted today to recommend revised regulations designed to protect non-race breeds participating in a breeders' incentive fund.
 
Under the new rules, no one who violates the federal Horse... Read More

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Equine Nutrition and Feeding Conference at Ohio State

October 25, 2008

The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hosting an Equine Nutrition and Feeding Conference Nov. 8-9 in Columbus, Ohio.

The course is designed for veterinarians, technicians, owners, and breeders. Attendees will gain... Read More

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New York Breeding Farm Cruelty Case; Additional Charges Possible

October 25, 2008

An animal cruelty case that resulted in the seizure of 82 allegedly malnourished horses might see new charges filed against additional individuals, according to an article on Read More

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Six Horses Among More Than 60 Animals Seized in Texas

October 25, 2008

More than 60 animals were seized from a farm near McKinney, Texas, when the owners said they could not afford to feed them any longer, according to an article on Read More

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Lovers' Quarrel Leads to Dead Horse

October 25, 2008

A Moody, Ala., woman is accused of shooting two horses, killing one, because she was mad at her ex-boyfriend.

Odenville Police Chief Adam Pardue said authorities arrested 29-year-old Rachel Hill after she allegedly shot two horses on... Read More

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Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont Opens Trails to Equestrians

October 25, 2008

Green Mountain National Forest officials near Manchester, Vt., are opening parts of the forest to horseback riders and mountain bikers.

About 26 miles of the new horse trails--and five bike trails--are in the towns of Woodford,... Read More

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BLM Gather Draws in Mix of Wild Horses

October 25, 2008

A low-flying helicopter flew in the cold morning air on a recent Saturday, the dull thud of its rotors growing louder as it moved across the horizon at Sand Wash Basin, west of Craig, Utah.

Beneath the helicopter, a herd of North America... Read More

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Oregon Summit Reviews Abandoned Horse Issues

October 24, 2008

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Fred Perl came face-to-face with the plight of unwanted horses on Oct. 17 when he assisted in the rescue of Trooper, a 6-year-ol... Read More