Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Illinois Track Implements Welfare Plan

January 28, 2009

To make its position on horse slaughter clear, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers linked to that industry. The track has also created an adoption program for Fairmount... Read More

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Chicago Stable, Carriage Rides Slated for Closure

January 27, 2009

After 138 years of operation, the last riding hall and stable in downtown Chicago might be turning out the lights for good. At issue are the carriage rides provided year-round in the Magnificent Mile shopping district, and post-9/11 restrictions... Read More

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Eclipse Award Winners to be Announced Today

January 26, 2009

The anticipation for many Thoroughbred owners, breeders, trainers, and their connections will soon be over as the Eclipse Awards for Thoroughbred racing's champions of 2008 will be announced today, Jan. 26 at a ceremony in Miami, Fla. The... Read More

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Weather, Economy Hit Utah Mustang Sale

January 26, 2009

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official credited wintry weather and the high costs of horsekeeping for lackluster results at a Jan. 24 Wild Horse and Burro sale in Delta, Utah. Of the 320 Spanish Mustangs offered from Utah's Sulphur Herd... Read More

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Hay Situation Emerges After Washington Waters Recede

January 25, 2009

Although the floodwaters that covered much of western Washington earlier this month have receded, they left a lot of damage--and a lot of ruined hay and grain. The horse community is working together to help those in need, and some businesses ar... Read More

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Hoof Summit Offers Education for Horse Owners, Vets, and Techs

January 24, 2009

Featuring in-depth sessions on all aspects of equine footcare, the 6th annual International Hoof-Care Summit offers 76 hours of continuing education opportunities.

Being held from Feb. 3-6, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio, this sixth annual... Read More

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Authorities Confiscate 70 Horses From Tribal Lands in South Dakota

January 24, 2009

About 70 horses that were starving and without water were rescued from the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota by tribal officials, Shannon County authorities, and state officials.

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North Dakota Bill To Study Impact of Equine Slaughter Facility

January 24, 2009

North Dakota legislators are advancing a plan that would allow the nation's only equine slaughter facility to be built in that state, according to an article on Read More

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Starving Horse Series: Freeway Shows Signs of Improvement

January 23, 2009

Freeway, the starving horse that Sue Thompson of Clayton, Calif., rescued in late 2007 and has rehabilitated over the past year, could be a step closer to recovery. The Quarter... Read More

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Easy to Swallow: Readers Share Tips on Giving Medicine

January 22, 2009

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What's your favorite "mixer" to encourage horses to consume oral medications?"

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Celebrate the Quarter Horse at QuarterFest

January 22, 2009

Gather your friends and load up your horses for the first-ever QuarterFest: A Celebration of the American Quarter Horse. This one-of-a-kind event, May 1-3 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., will be a chance to cure your cabin fever and revel in the arrival of... Read More

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Last Week for Discount at TheHorse.com Photo Store

January 22, 2009

You've bought presents for everyone else, now's the time to treat yourself to some fabulous equestrian artwork from TheHorse.com. There is only one week left until the end of the 20% coupon offering, so now's the time to act! The offer ends January... Read More

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Horses Appear in Inaugural Celebrations

January 21, 2009

The President's Inaugural Parade has a long tradition of including horses in the festivities, and this year was no different. With more than 200 horses representing 10 teams from throughout the United States, riders helped make this histori... Read More

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Inaugural Parade Horse Sustains Minor Injuries

January 21, 2009

The Southern Ohio Ladies Aside team is counting itself lucky after an accident involving one of their horses and a Secret Service truck at Tuesday's President's Inaugural Parade in Washington.

Mouse, an Appaloosa ridden by Deb Fuller, was... Read More

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Houston Track Still Cleaning Up from Hurricane Ike

January 20, 2009

Sam Houston Race Park will begin repairs to the roof of its grandstand, as well as additional construction to rebuild portions of the stable and track areas, weather permitting beginning Jan. 22.

As a result of Hurricane Ike, Sam Houston wa... Read More

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Election Brings Shift on Kentucky Walking Horse Board

January 20, 2009

Members of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) declined to re-elect two controversial members to the group's board of directors during their annual meeting Jan. 10.

Former President Earl Rogers Jr., and former Vice... Read More

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AQHA Welfare Group Releases Plans for Racing, Breeding, Shows

January 19, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association's Executive Committee has approved recommendations from the Animal Welfare Assurance Task Force, and the association is moving forward to implement the suggestions.

The association's main objectives ar... Read More

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California Plan Models Equine Rescues after Animal Shelters

January 19, 2009

Faculty members at the University of California, Davis, are working on a plan to reduce the number of unwanted horses by modeling equine rescues after small animal shelters. Under a plan developed by the International Animal Welfare Training... Read More

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Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

January 18, 2009

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation... Read More

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California Agriculture Official Announces Formation of Equine Advisory Task Force

January 17, 2009

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary A.G. Kawamura is announcing the formation of the Equine Advisory Task Force. The task force will act as liaison between the industry and the department in matters relating to... Read More

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UK Microchip Exemption Sought for Semiferal Foals

January 16, 2009

Some equine advocates in the United Kingdom want the government to exempt semi-feral foals from proposed mandatory microchipping regulations until they leave public lands because compliance is too costly for the foals' owners.... Read More

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California Racing Group Launches Synthetic Track Study

January 16, 2009

Love them or hate them, one of the main concerns about synthetic tracks is how to determine if they are doing what they were intended for--provide a safe, consistent racing surface.

In California, where four major racetracks use different... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

January 16, 2009

New legislation aimed at stemming the export of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Jan. 14. Sponsored by Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) and... Read More

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WSU Equine Internal Medicine Scholarship Honors Former Dean

January 15, 2009

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine recently established a $25,000 scholarship to honor the former dean, Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM. The fund will help students following in his footsteps in... Read More

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New Congress, Same Issues for Equine Industry

January 15, 2009

The 111th Congress has convened and the Democrats have picked up seats in both the House and Senate. The country also has a new President, Barack Obama, who will take office Jan. 20, 2009. Many are wondering what these changes will mean for the... Read More