Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Horses Lost In Hurricane Charley

August 20, 2004

Three horses were euthanized in Florida due to injuries sustained from flying debris during Hurricane Charley, according to Alan Schwartz of Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Lisbon, Md. Friday, Aug. 13, was in fact a bad luck day, as wind... Read More

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Rescue Training and Exhibitions Held in Central Kentucky

August 18, 2004

"We are not here to re-invent the wheel," said Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, a professor at Clemson University, addressing a group of first-responders and equine rescue personnel at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington earlier this month. The event... Read More

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Horse Barn Fires: An Avoidable Tragedy

August 17, 2004

One of the worst possible nightmares for a horse owner is to see the glow of a barn fire in the night sky. The real tragedy of most barn fires is that they probably could have been prevented with a few precautionary... Read More

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Millionaire Dollar Bill Euthanized

August 10, 2004

Gary and Mary West's millionaire grade II winner Dollar Bill, who proved popular enough to warrant his own web site, was euthanized Aug. 3 after foundering. He suffered from ankle problems during his racing career and had been a patient at Rood... Read More

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New Bolton's Widener Hospital Open for Appointments

August 09, 2004

Penn's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals reopened on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, for scheduled appointments for equine patients. "We have to limit the cases right now because we only have one of the hospital's barns available," said Bruce... Read More

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Fourth Annual Stallion Service Auction to Benefit Equine Health Studies Program

August 04, 2004

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine announces its fourth annual Stallion Service Auction, which will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 17. The event is a multiple-breed, Internet-based benefit auction for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Equine... Read More

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Injuries Associated With Steeplechase Racing

August 01, 2004

Studies have been conducted to determine the types of injuries that occur in horses on flat racetracks in the United States and steeplechase and hunt races in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of data on injuries occurring... Read More

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Just Say No to HR 857

August 01, 2004

Welcome to the ugly side of veterinary medicine--horse slaughter. Now there is a subject most horse enthusiasts don't want to deal with. But because we don't live in a perfect world, horse slaughter is a necessary evil.

Let me state right... Read More

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Slaughter Plant Reopens

August 01, 2004

The Cavel International horse slaughter plant in DeKalb, Ill., opened for business June 2. The plant was destroyed by fire on March 31, 2002, and a new facility was constructed at the same location.

James Tucker, manager, said that the new... Read More

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Full Implementation of Drug Testing Delayed

July 21, 2004

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has delayed implementation of its drug-testing protocol for graded stakes in the United States because not all jurisdictions were prepared to implement it, the American Graded Stakes Committee sai... Read More

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Strange Tastes Poll Answers

July 20, 2004

Last week we asked you what was the weirdest thing your horse(s) ever ate or drank. Aside from the votes listed below, we also got quite a few write-in answers that might surprise you.... Read More

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Equine Disease: First Quarter 2004

July 15, 2004

The International Collating Center, Newmarket, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks:

A case of contagious equine metritis in a Thoroughbred mare was reported from Japan. Respiratory disease attributable to equine... Read More

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Court Order to be Requested to Exhume Maimed Saddlebred

July 09, 2004

Scientists might have a chance to autopsy the body of the champion Saddlebred euthanized July 17, 2003, and buried following a brutal attack that left him too lame to stand. Four other Saddlebreds were injected in the same attack with a... Read More

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Ann Dwyer, DVM, Selected as May "My Vet Matters" Honoree

July 06, 2004

Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Scottsville, N.Y., has been chosen as the May honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) My Vet Matters Contest. Dwyer, nominated by horse owner Maureen Kuchta, has practiced at the Genesee Valley... Read More

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Lobbying for Proposed National Drug Policy Continues

July 02, 2004

Three months after national regulators' associations approved model rules for a proposed national medication policy, the task of lobbying jurisdictions to adopt them continues.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International and th... Read More

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To the Rescue

July 02, 2004

Eight years ago a horse died during the shift of Capt. John Fox of the Felton, Calif., Fire Protection District. The horse had fallen into a crevice on a trail ride, and none of the emergency responders had the training to get it out. Fox, a... Read More

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Horses Seeking Jobs

July 01, 2004

Wanted: Caring owner for a willing horse. Former training in running fast and turning left. Recent training in whoa, relax, turn, yield to leg, going slower, and trusting humans. Willing to do most any kind of work, from trail riding to jumping.... Read More

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TRF Secretariat Center

July 01, 2004

Since its founding more than 20 years ago, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has been proud of its many accomplishments, from each horse that it has saved to each new farm or facility it has opened, to every time it has helped spread... Read More

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Guidelines for Horse Operations Established

July 01, 2004

Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Rutgers Equine Science Center recently published "Agricultural Management Practices for Commercial Equine Operations." Considered to be the first comprehensive set of U.S. guidelines for horse operations, th... Read More

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Illinois Slaughter Bill Stalled; Possibly Dead

July 01, 2004

Illinois HR649 amendment 4, which would ban equine slaughter for human consumption in the state and make it illegal to transport horses into or out of the state for slaughter, passed the Illinois Senate (as SB1921) in late May. However, it was... Read More

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Slaughter Legislation Stuck In Committee

July 01, 2004

Legislation designed to prevent horse slaughter at the national level could be indefinitely stuck in committee.

In January 2003, U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, a Republican from New York, proposed HR 857, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention... Read More

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Equine Emergency Demonstrations and Training Offered

June 23, 2004

Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) veterinary hospital will be offering equine emergency demonstrations to the general public on Aug.14, 2004 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. A more extensive three-day training... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Accepting Applications for its 2005 Equine Education Scholarships

June 22, 2004

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2005 Equine Education Scholarship program. The KHC is offering five scholarships to its members or children of its members (under 18 years of age)... Read More

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MSU to Hold First Annual Stallion Service Auction

June 22, 2004

The Equine Club at Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting its first annual Stallion Service Auction fundraiser. Stallion services for 2005 could be purchased for half the stallion's regular stud fee.... Read More

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New Topical Osteoarthritis Treatment Available

June 02, 2004

The FDA recently approved a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can be applied to the skin over a horse's joint to relieve pain of osteoarthritis. The approval represents the first topical equine pharmaceutical formulation... Read More