Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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American Horse Council Announces 2008 Van Ness Award Recipient

June 28, 2008

The American Horse Council's 2008 Van Ness award was presented to Eldon Reyer of New Mexico at the AHC's National Issues Forum on Tuesday June 17 in Washington, D.C.

The award is named for the late Marjorie Van Ness, and sponsored by... Read More

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White House Recognizes Work of the Race For Education

June 28, 2008

The Race For Education, a Lexington, Ky.-based nonprofit organization, was recognized by The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), along with the President's Council on Financial Literacy, among a small group of... Read More

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Two Horses Hit by Truck after Escape from Track

June 27, 2008

Two horses that escaped from the backside of River Downs Racetrack were struck and killed by a truck in the early morning hours of June 26, according to John Englehardt, director of publicity at the Cincinnati, Ohio-area oval.

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Transcript: Talkin' Horses with Welfare Advocate Alex Brown

June 27, 2008

Alex Brown has worked in horseracing on-and-off in North America for 20 years. He spent most of this time at the Fair Hill Training Center. Alex also runs alexbrownracing.com, a site that... Read More

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Police in Scotland Investigating Horse Mutilations

June 27, 2008

While owners keep a close eye on the horses in their pastures, police in Scotland are investigating a series of attacks that have resulted in the mutilation of five horses. One horse was euthanized as a result of its injuries.

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Kentucky Horse Park Hosting Equine Adoption Fair

June 26, 2008

A number of factors have converged to make this a difficult year for some of Kentucky's horses. Equine overpopulation, a challenging economy, and last summer's drought are among the causes of distress that have put Kentucky's horses in the... Read More

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Big Brown's Trainer Faces Clenbuterol Positive

June 25, 2008

A horse trained by Rick Dutrow tested positive for twice the allowable level of the bronchodilator clenbuterol, which helps burn fat and promote muscle growth, the New York Times reported June 25.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority... Read More

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Sav-A-Hoof Med-i-sole

June 25, 2008

Med-i-sole is an effective treatment for infections of the sole and frog (including white line disease, thrush, and seedy toe). The special gel formula sticks to the sole, shoes, and pads and increases the beneficial contact time. ... Read More

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Animal Welfare Group Tours Hong Kong Olympic Stables

June 25, 2008

Representatives of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) visited the Sha Tin and Beas River Olympic equestrian facilities in Hong Kong June 24.

"It's very impressive," said AWAG spokesperson Chan Pui-tin. "Before I came here I had a lot... Read More

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Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Equine Transport Measure

June 24, 2008

The Rhode Island General Assembly has passed legislation to ban the use of double-decker trucks to transport horses in the state. Sen. Dominick Ruggerio, D-Providence, and Rep. Amy Rice, D-Portsmouth, introduced the legislation in response to an... Read More

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Equine Transport 101: Covering the Basics

June 23, 2008

It might be relatively easy for your Labrador dog to jump in the backseat of your car--or easier yet if you own a scaled-down version like a Chihuahua--but what about a 1,200 pound horse? Although SUVs are getting bigger each year, you are... Read More

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Big Brown's Owners Adopt No-Drug Policy

June 23, 2008

International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) Stables--the partnership that races Big Brown--has taken the first bold step in securing a no-drug policy in racing by announcing Monday that all its horses starting Oct. 1 will race without any... Read More

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Sally Swift Receives Equine Industry Vision Award

June 23, 2008

Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications (AHP) presented Sally Swift with the seventh annual Equine Industry Vision Award at a ceremonial breakfast held during the AHP "Break from the Gate in 2008" seminar in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.... Read More

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Horse Found Shot in Head Recovering

June 23, 2008

A 20-year-old mare found wounded and wandering in the New Mexico desert on June 9 is recovering from surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her jaw. A second bullet lodged close to an artery remains in her jaw.

The horse--which Doña Ana County... Read More

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Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

June 19, 2008

As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

On June 18, the... Read More

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USDA, Horse Council Hold Unwanted Horses Forum

June 19, 2008

It tends to get lost in the shuffle because it's not as sexy as anabolic steroids, race-fixing, or catastrophic breakdowns from a media perspective. But talk to people who work in the horse industry every day, and they'll tell you the issue of... Read More

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Congress Debates Intervention into Racing Safety

June 19, 2008

Congress chided Big Brown's trainer for a lack of manners and the horse racing industry for failing to do enough to regulate itself. Then it threatened to pass legislation that would make the sport safer.

Rick Dutrow's no-show did not sit well... Read More

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Ban on Racehorse Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

June 18, 2008

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced June 17 that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in... Read More

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Bramlage, Chairman Explain Racehorse Safety Recommendations

June 18, 2008

Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman... Read More

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Horses Seized from California Sanctuary

June 18, 2008

Nearly 90 horses remain under veterinarians' care at undisclosed locations after officials removed them from the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, Calif.

"They were desperately in need of food and water," said Michelle Roache, deput... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Continues Racehorse Steroid Study

June 17, 2008

A committee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council is continuing to gather information on anabolic steroids and is not yet ready to make a recommendation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Jim Smith, DVM, who chairs the committee,... Read More

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Supreme Court Horse Slaughter Decision: What Does This Mean?

June 17, 2008

The Supreme Court of the United States on June 16 denied certiorari in Cavel International, Inc. v. Madigan (No. 07-962), leaving in place a decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ban on slaughter of horses for human... Read More

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team Deployed to Iowa Floods

June 16, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has deployed a team of trained specialists to offer logistical support and supplies, as well as perform water rescue of animals displaced by the floods. Mass flooding across Iowa has forced thousand... Read More

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Court Rejects Appeal to Illinois Horse Slaughter Ban

June 16, 2008

The Supreme Court has declined an appeal from the owners of a horse slaughtering plant who challenged an Illinois law prohibiting the killing of horses for human consumption.

Cavel International Inc. closed its plant in DeKalb, Ill., last... Read More

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Eventing Safety Summit: Frangible Pins, Necropsies to be Utilized

June 16, 2008

From the United States Equestrian Federation:

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA) Safety Summit took place on June 7-8, 2008 in downtown Lexington, Ky. More than 250 people fro... Read More