Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Friends of Sound Horses Partnering with USDA to be Testing Ground for New Technology

February 20, 2004

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) announced that it has volunteered for its 2004 affiliated shows to participate in USDA testing of a new method for the detection of illegal soring agents on gaited horses. The USDA might also randomly attend horse... Read More

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Illinois Horse Slaughter Legislation

February 20, 2004

New legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state of Illinois was introduced Feb. 6, 2004, in the Illinois House of Representatives in the form of HB 6570. On Feb. 18, 2004, the bill was referred to the House... Read More

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PETA Involvement At Local Levels

February 20, 2004

A Pike County, Ohio, resident reported in mid-December 2003 what she thought was abuse in a herd of approximately 52 horses to Kristen Rohde, DVM. Rohde asked local law enforcement officials to have the horses examined by a veterinarian. By Jan.... Read More

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Long Distance Shipping of In-Foal PMU Mares on Hold

February 19, 2004

The shipment of PMU (pregnant mare urine) mares from farms in the United States and Canada has been put on hold until after the foaling season, unless the shipping distance is very short.

The reason, says Nat Messer IV, DVM, University o... Read More

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North Carolina Practitioner Chosen as First "My Vet Matters" Honoree

February 13, 2004

Ellen Tinsley Hoots, DVM, MS, of Hoof Beats Veterinary Practice in Willow Spring, N.C., has been selected as the January honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) My Vet Matters Contest. Hoots was nominated for the awar... Read More

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Horse Rescue in Maryland Searches for New Farm

February 04, 2004

Samuel Johnson once said that, “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” This old adage definitely applies to Days End Farm Horse Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit equine rescue and humane education facility founded by Kathy... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Medications and Drug Testing

February 03, 2004

A packed room during the AAEP’s Racing Forum held sometimes heated discussions about the facts and nuances of the on-going Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s (RMTC) attempt to create a uniform medication policy for racing in the United... Read More

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Wild Horses and Burros

February 01, 2004

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages the majority of the wild horses and burros in the United States. The agency manages these animals on the public rangelands consistent with BLM's... Read More

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Dressage Immersion

February 01, 2004

Americans might be making great strides in the sport of dressage, but in Germany, dressage is a way of life. An amateur dressage enthusiast, I experienced German dressage culture firsthand during six fascinating days in November.... Read More

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New Electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

February 01, 2004

The USDA's Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health announced to industry stakeholders Oct. 22, 2003, that Veterinary Services (VS) is working with six states on an electronic Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) project. Thi... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Assn. Position on Slaughter

February 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) reiterated its position on euthanasia and horse slaughter in the wake of an accusatory Blue Horse Charities letter that was disseminated to the racing industry in early November (see article #Read More

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Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions

January 28, 2004

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding adoptions around the country in order to find homes for horses and burros in the program. These unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horses and burros are found on Western public rangelands... Read More

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Wanted: A Few Good Clippers (of equestrian land use articles)

January 19, 2004

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource is looking for clippers--people who are concerned about the loss of equestrian land and riding areas and want to do something about it. These clippers clip newspaper and magazine articles, not shaggy... Read More

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The American Quarter Horse Foundation Now Has Internet Presence

January 14, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF), the heart of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), now has a presence on www.aqha.com. Featuring its programs and educational outreach... Read More

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IVERCARE Award Winners Announced

January 14, 2004

Five winners are sharing prize money totaling $17,500 in the IVERCARE - Because You Care award program. The program, sponsored by Farnam Horse Products, rewards nonprofit organizations and individuals who strive to improve the health and welfare... Read More

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USRider Distributes 500 Copies of Large Animal Rescue Video

January 12, 2004

USRider has distributed more than 500 free copies of a large animal rescue video to U.S. organizations and individuals since the video's introduction in the first quarter of 2003. The video, which was designed to increase awareness of the need... Read More

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Welfare Concerns Prompt AVMA Opposition to House Bill on Transportation and Processing of Horses for Slaughter

January 12, 2004

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) believes HR 857--The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act--could potentially harm more horses than it saves. An analysis by the AVMA reveals that HR 857, introduced by New York State... Read More

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Broad Brush Recovery Complete

January 09, 2004

Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., announced a clean bill of health for prominent stallion Broad Brush this week. Radiographs taken last week indicate the 21-year-old former leading sire has healed completely following fusion... Read More

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Horses Cause Blackouts in North Wales

January 09, 2004

According to icNorthWales, an online publication in the United Kingdom, a group of horses on a farm in Rhuddlan caused power cuts to thousands of homes and businesses across North Wales.

"The animals were rubbing against a wire stay in a... Read More

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Alabama Police Investigate Horse Deaths

January 09, 2004

Two Alabama horses were shot and killed Tuesday just outside of Andalusia, Ala., according to a Jan. 7 story in the Andalusia Star-News. The horses were valued at more than $20,000.

Andalusia Police Department (APD) criminal... Read More

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Texas Increases Number of Post-Race Drug Tests

January 09, 2004

The Texas Racing Commission has authorized the Texas Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to increase the amount of ELISA tests it conducts and decrease the number of screens it evaluates from urine samples collected for post-race... Read More

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FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More

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Equine Vacation: Monumental Escape

January 01, 2004

It can be as simple as that first outing in the fall, with leaves crunching underfoot and cool breezes blowing life into us and our horses. It can be as exciting as a once-in-a-lifetime trip to herd cattle in Wyoming, a vacation in Germany to learn... Read More

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Why Is Your Vet The Best?

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) wants horse owners to share why his or her veterinarian is the best by participating in the My Vet Matters Contest.

From Jan. 1-Oct. 31, submit an entry explaining why your vet is... Read More

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Colorado Fires Cause Evacuation

January 01, 2004

Equine evacuation plans were put to the test in Colorado when the Overland Fire in canyons northwest of Boulder grew so quickly that within just a few hours, 3,500 acres were engulfed and indefensible. The fire started early on Oct. 29 near... Read More