Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Former Claimer Lava Man Retired After Stellar Career

July 31, 2008

Lava Man, the only horse to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic in the same year, has been retired.

Lava Man won grade I races on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces and joined Native Diver as the only... Read More

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House Subcommittee Hears Slaughter Testimony

July 31, 2008

Animal rights advocates are urging lawmakers to pass a bill banning the slaughter of U.S. horses for consumption abroad, arguing the practice is inhumane. Opponents of the proposal say it would actually increase cruelty in the form of... Read More

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Free Safe-Guard Get Rotation Right Deworming Barn Chart

July 30, 2008

Updated and revised to reflect the latest approach to parasite management and reducing the growing threat of parasite drug resistance, the Safe-Guard Get Rotation Right deworming barn chart is available for free at Read More

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Equine Welfare Heads Jockey Club Round Table Agenda

July 30, 2008

The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June issued its initial recommendations calling for the elimination of anabolic steroids in training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, will provide an... Read More

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Vulture Attacks on Horses Reported in the Pyrenees

July 30, 2008

Allegedly lacking an adequate supply of carcasses, vultures in the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain have been blamed for attacks on newborn foals and other livestock, according to several French news sources, including Read More

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Veterinary Group Opposes New Slaughter Legislation

July 30, 2008

U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings on new anti-slaughter legislation will begin July 31, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has gone on... Read More

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Hurricane Dolly's Deluge Causes Flooding

July 28, 2008

Hundreds of people were forced out of homes and campgrounds by flooding caused by torrential rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Dolly. Two people were reported still missing Monday.

The National Weather Service posted flash flood... Read More

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Top Mississippi State University Stallion Dead

July 28, 2008

Mississippi State University's equine reproduction program lost its top stallion to a catastrophic leg injury sustained during a severe thunderstorm July 11.

Minister Slew, a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was alone in a... Read More

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Dirty Jobs for Horses: Not All Fun and Games for Party Ponies

July 28, 2008

Small children run between their legs, kids try to mount backwards, and necks are grasped and smothered with sticky kisses, but party ponies happily jump into the trailer the next time the work whistle blows.

Pony boss Tamara Dumont of... Read More

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Elective Drug Testing Offered for All Olympic Horses

July 28, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's racing laboratory will be offering post-arrival elective testing for all horses coming to Hong Kong for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events at the request of the Fédération Equestre International... Read More

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Horse Finds Help in California Fire

July 26, 2008

When a horse lost amid the 3,043-acre Mill, Calif., fire happened upon a band of tired firefighters July 15, it was the most fortuitous encounter of his life. The firefighters, local veterinarian Sheri Cronin, DVM, and John Madigan, DVM, MS,... Read More

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Eventer Hoy Cleared on Abuse Charges

July 25, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy was cleared July 24 on charges of abusing a horse.

The Australian and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, had been accused by the Fédération Equestre... Read More

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National Fundraiser Designed to Help Equine Rescues

July 25, 2008

On Sunday, Oct. 19, riders and walkers will take to trails across the country for the National Rescue Ride, a nationwide effort to help horse rescues. For at least one rescue,... Read More

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New Federal Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

July 25, 2008

Legislation introduced July 23 to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee addresses the horse slaughter issue by linking the practice to animal cruelty and leaving enforcement to federal authorities.... Read More

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California Begins Ban on Racehorse Steroids

July 24, 2008

Effective Aug. 1, the California Horse Racing Board will strictly enforce all regulations concerning anabolic steroids and will no longer issue "unofficial notices" when the test samples reveal unauthorized levels of anabolic steroids. There has... Read More

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Welfare Groups Meet to Discuss At-Risk Horses

July 24, 2008

Twenty five national and state-based equine-protection, placement, and rescue organizations gathered Tuesday for the second Homes for Horses Coalition Conference to discuss the re-homing of at-risk horses in America. The Humane Society of the... Read More

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Airlite Pasture Sweepers

July 23, 2008

Airlite introduces a professional range of pasture sweepers with 48 in. and 72 in. wide versions.

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Report: Natural Nitrate Levels Caused Wild Horse Deaths

July 22, 2008

Federal officials probing the deaths of 71 wild horses on a military site ruled out high levels of nitrate in a pond, saying such rates occurred naturally.

Testing of a watering hole showed that the nitrate levels came from a combination of... Read More

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British Racing Group Stiffens Medication Policy

July 21, 2008

The British Horseracing Authority announced July 21 that trainers outside Europe need to say their horses have never been trained on non-therapeutic substances, particularly anabolic steroids, or face a ban from running in British races.

Spot... Read More

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Shetland Pony Ambassadors Settled in Hong Kong

July 21, 2008

The Shetland ponies donated to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation officially changed hands July 10 in a special ceremony. The American Shetland Pony Club donated the ponies to salute Hong Kong's efforts in hosting the... Read More

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Horsemen's Group Hosts Racehorse Welfare and Safety Forum

July 21, 2008

During a July 18 equine welfare and safety forum, Jay Hickey recalled that in 1982, legislation to regulate parts of the horseracing industry was circulated in the halls of Congress. The bill, which had the not-so-enticing name of the "Corrupt... Read More

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Horse Donated to Oklahoma Boys Home Sold to Slaughter

July 20, 2008

A story today (July 20)  at NewsOK.com tells the story of a caring racehorse owner who had a slow horse named Tricky Jazz. She thought she'... Read More

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Horses Seized at Illegal Oklahoma Racetrack Sold at Auction

July 20, 2008

A raid on an illegal racetrack in Oklahoma last year resulted in seizure and retainment of 40 of the 70 horses rounded up at that time. Twenty-five of those horses were sold at auction yesterday (July 19) during a three-hour auction at Heritage... Read More

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Federal Ban on Equine Transport via Double-Decker Introduced

July 18, 2008

The use of double-decker trailers to transport horses for any purpose would be banned nationwide if a new bill recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. But some equine welfare advocates say the bill is flawed.... Read More

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Racehorse Anabolic Steroid Ban Recommended in Kentucky

July 17, 2008

A subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has unanimously recommended that anabolic steroids be banned in horse racing in the state.

"The use of anabolic androgenic steroids shall be banned in horses competing in pari-mutuel... Read More