Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Laminitis Discussion Coming to SmartPak Store

September 05, 2007

According to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) 2000 report, 13% of all horse facilities participating in the study had a horse struck by laminitis in the previous year--and 4.7% of these horses died or were euthanatized. That... Read More

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Forage Management for Horse Owners to be Discussed at Ohio Event

September 05, 2007

With alfalfa harvest falling short and much of Ohio's pastureland unsuitable for forage due to this season's drought, managing adequate, high-quality feed for horses has become a challenge for many owners.

Gary Wilson, an Ohio State... Read More

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Boy Dragged Behind Horse in India

September 04, 2007

The Times of India reported that a 10-year-old boy was hospitalized Sunday (Sept. 2) after being dragge... Read More

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State of the Industry

September 01, 2007

The changing dynamics of the horse industry in the United States can be likened to the ocean tides. At high tide there were somewhere between 25 and 27 million equines in this country. At low tide, that number dipped to under four million. Today,... Read More

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Equine Influenza: 700 Horses, 70 Properties Infected

September 01, 2007

Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald today, Sept. 1, said efforts would be maintained throughout the weekend to contain further spread of equine influenza (EI) in North South Wales (NSW).

Minister Macdonald, who today visited... Read More

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Montana to Host Wild Horse and Burro Sale Sept. 8

August 30, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro auction in Livingston, Mont., on Sept. 8. About 52 untrained wild horses and burros from Nevada rangelands will be available through an oral bidding process.

The adoption will b... Read More

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Horse Rehabbed by U.K. Welfare Group Medals at International Vaulting Event

August 30, 2007

A former police horse deemed unsuitable for duty has triumphed at a major international vaulting competition thanks to the dedication of equine welfare charity the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) and his new borrower.... Read More

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Serbia to Return Allegedly Neglected Lipizzaner Horses

August 29, 2007

A herd of famed Lipizzaner horses, which were brought to Serbia during the Balkan wars and allegedly faced neglect, will return to Croatia, officials said Tuesday.

Agriculture Ministers Slobodan Milosavljevic of Serbia and Petar Cobankovic... Read More

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ASPCA Awards Summer Equine Welfare Grants

August 29, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced that five equine rescue groups received grants totaling more than $17,000 during the months of July and August. The grants are intended to aid them in their... Read More

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Horse Attacked with Ax: HSUS Offering Reward for Information

August 29, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for attacking a horse with a tobacco ax in Robertson County, Tenn.

On Augus... Read More

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Owner Relinquishes Horses in Tennessee Neglect Case

August 29, 2007

Derek Ulmer appeared in Marshall County, Tenn., General Sessions court Aug. 28. He agreed to relinquish his ownership rights to all 16 horses seized on August 4, 2007. Ulmer requested a preliminary hearing on both sets of charges. The May charge... Read More

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Colorado State Establishes Chair in Equine Reproduction

August 28, 2007

Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences announced Aug. 27 the establishment of the Iron Rose Ranch University Chair in Equine Reproduction, funded with a $3 million gift.

The chair will enhance the... Read More

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Tennessee Sheriff: Man Charged with Cruelty to Horses Not Serving in Iraq

August 28, 2007

A Lewisburg, Tenn., man charged with animal cruelty was not performing military service in Iraq as The Associated Press reported, but was actually stateside when Marshall County... Read More

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Veterinarian Appealing Suspension in Snake Venom Case

August 28, 2007

Dr. Rod Stewart has appealed a suspension order issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority in connection with the ongoing investigation of trainer Patrick Biancone.

Lisa Underwood, executive director of the KHRA, said following an Aug. 2... Read More

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USDA Distributing Oral Rabies Vaccine in West Virginia, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies in portions of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.... Read More

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Nevada Senator Urges Probe in Wild Horse Deaths

August 26, 2007

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is calling on U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to conduct a "full and thorough investigation" into the nitrate contamination deaths of 71 wild horses in July at the Tonopah Test Range.

"There are strong... Read More

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Pack of Dogs Attack Pet Donkey, Sheep on Florida Farm

August 26, 2007

A veterinarian is tending the wounds of three lambs after a pack of dogs attacked a small herd of sheep and a pet donkey on a Davie Fla., farm. Suzy Sarna says she found the donkey named Leopold floating in a pond on her farm with bites all over... Read More

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Man Drives into Mounted Police Officer

August 26, 2007

A Brandon, Fla., man is facing a DUI charge after driving his vehicle into a mounted Tampa police officer and his horse early this morning (Aug. 26).

Authorities say plainclothes officers first approached the man on foot as he was sittin... Read More

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Equine Influenza Halts Aussie Racing

August 25, 2007

Racetracks across Australia were all but shut down Saturday, the country's richest horse race is in doubt and losses could total more than a billion dollars after an outbreak of equine influenza.

The highly contagious equine virus was... Read More

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West Virginia Horse Trainer Pleads No Contest to Animal Abuse

August 25, 2007

A veteran horse trainer in Jefferson County, W.Va., has pleaded no contest to one count of animal cruelty.

Dennis Danley, 54, also agreed to give up his horses and stay out of the breeding business for at least five... Read More

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Tennessee Offering Cost Share Program for Hay Storage Buildings

August 24, 2007

Despite drought conditions that have devastated pastures and hay production in Tennessee, demand by farmers is strong for cost share assistance to build hay storage structures, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Sinc... Read More

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University of Findlay Horses Fine Following Flood

August 24, 2007

The horses used in the University of Findlay's equestrian studies program stayed high and dry during flooding that submerged much of the town, according to David W. Duncan, business manager at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex.

The... Read More

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Group Calling for Vet Exam of Allegedly Neglected Lipizzaners

August 24, 2007

An animal rights group Friday called for an international team of vets to examine dozens of famed Lipizzaner horses it says face starvation while Serbia and Croatia argue over their ownership.

The Belgrade-based "Freedom for Animals" group... Read More

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Vet Suspended from Tracks for Noncompliance in Venom Investigation

August 23, 2007

Dr. Rod Stewart, a veterinarian for racehorse trainer Patrick Biancone, was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for failing to comply with an order to turn over his computer and records to state stewards.

Stewards requested the... Read More

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Reporting Adverse Drug Effects

August 23, 2007

Horses have their own unique physiological makeup that reacts to therapeutic medications differently. ... Read More