Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Soring Bill

February 25, 2009

Trainers and owners who cause injury to horses' feet or legs to achieve an exaggerated gait will face stiff penalties in Kentucky if a bill introduced into the state senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee becomes law. Sponsored... Read More

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Reining Sire Hits $6 Million in Offspring Earnings

February 24, 2009

Topsail Whiz climbed to the top of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) all time sire list in last July with total offspring earnings of $5,527,700, surpassing former leader Hollywood Dun It's mark of $5,494,100. Now, Topsail Whiz has... Read More

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Equine Advocates Brainstorm Ideas to Help Unwanted Horses

February 24, 2009

Expanding options for cash-strapped horse owners is key to reducing the number of unwanted horses in the United States, according to a group of equine welfare advocates who brainstormed the issue during a Feb. 18 meeting at the University of... Read More

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Medication Thresholds

February 23, 2009

A drug's withdrawal time indicates a suggested timeline by which the last dose can be administered before an event to avoid blood or urine test levels that exceed the allowable regulatory threshold. Using these thresholds encourages standardization... Read More

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Assess Horse Nutrition, Manage Pastures to Save Money

February 23, 2009

Here are some tips to reduce the nutrition costs associated with your horses.... Read More

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Arizona Bill Requires Creation of Approved Equine Rescue Facilities List

February 22, 2009

Rep. Bill Konopnicki's Arizona House Bill 2178 would require the state's Department of Agriculture to create a list of the states "approved equine-rescue facilities and to make that information available on its Web site and in its offices," note... Read More

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Florida Forums for Horse Owners Available in March

February 22, 2009

The recent loss of horses in Florida to an outbreak of equine botulism highlights the need for increased education and understanding of this and other preventable equine diseases, including equine herpesvirus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis,... Read More

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Donkeys, Horse Among 311 Animals Seized from Kentucky Rescue

February 22, 2009

Two donkeys and a horse were among 311 animals seized from the Clean Slate Animal Rescue in Columbia, Ky., according to an article on kentucky.com.

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Kentucky Bills Boost Barn Operators, Rescues

February 20, 2009

Kentucky's House Agriculture and Small Business Committee last week approved two bills intended to help boarding barn operators and horse rescues cope with the negative economy.

Sponsored by Rep. Dwight Butler, HR 418 expands local... Read More

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KEEP Chairman: Gaming Legislation Likely in Kentucky

February 19, 2009

The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) said Feb. 18 he expects gaming-related legislation benefitting the Kentucky horse industry to pass--but he's not sure when.

Thoroughbred owner and breeder Brereton Jones, a former... Read More

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List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

February 19, 2009

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal... Read More

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Horses Recovering after Mountain Rescue

February 18, 2009

A pair of horses that were rescued from the side of a mountain in British Columbia will be placed in adoptive homes, after the SPCA rejected a request from their owner to return the... Read More

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Drought Increases Florida Wildfire Risk

February 18, 2009

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson recently advised residents that below average rainfall for the last several months has significantly increased the state's wildfire risk.

According to a statement fro... Read More

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Ohio State Vet Hospital Tours Available

February 18, 2009

Tours of The Ohio State University veterinary hospital will be included in the annual open house at the College of Veterinary Medicine, to be held April 18, 2009.

Tours of the veterinary hospital will last approximately 30 minutes. They wil... Read More

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Kentucky Horsemen Make Case to Legislators

February 17, 2009

More than 100 people who make their living in the Kentucky horse industry made their case to three Northern Kentucky legislators Feb. 16, and the message was clear: The economics must change or the state will lose a valuable asset.

The... Read More

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Australia Fires: Lost and Found Horse Registry Launched

February 17, 2009

Equine charity Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria (PHHWV) has launched a lost and found registry for horses misplaced during the recent bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria. The registry can be accessed via the Read More

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UK Charity Provides Care for Working Donkeys in Zimbabwe

February 17, 2009

A British veterinary charity is supporting people affected by the financial crisis in Zimbabwe by providing veterinary care to their working animals. A group with the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) has just... Read More

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AAEP Releases Racing Safety and Welfare Recommendations

February 16, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbre... Read More

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Medication in Racing and Performance Horses

February 15, 2009

Medication issues in equine competitions might have reached their highest level of public focus in 2008 due to high-profile situations such as Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's steroid regimen and the disqualification of several Olympic horses for... Read More

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New Bolton Veterinarian Reid Dead

February 14, 2009

Charles F. Reid, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, emeritus professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center and a founder of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists (ACVR), died Feb. 12.

Reid graduated from Cornel... Read More

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Readers Tell Us What They Think About Horse Licensing

February 13, 2009

Exactly 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Are you in favor of horse licensing as identification?"

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Back to Basics Horse Institute Planned at Auburn

February 13, 2009

An educational symposium for Alabama horse owners and managers--be they beginners or experienced equestrians--will be held March 28 at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn. The program will address everything from horse health to pasture... Read More

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House Committee Gets New Mustang Bill

February 13, 2009

Wild horses and burros could get more room to roam under a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Thursday by Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the... Read More

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Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

February 12, 2009

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma.

The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas,... Read More

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Montana Lawmakers Ponder Slaughter Plant Legislation

February 12, 2009

Legislators in Montana are considering a proposed measure to encourage private investor horse slaughter plant development in that state. The bill's author says the measure is intended to both create jobs in Montana, and address the state's... Read More