Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Former Owners of Seized Retired Polo Ponies Sought

September 09, 2009

An equine welfare advocate is hoping to reunite polo ponies seized from a farm owned by Polo Pony Retirement Foundation operator Nancy Mackall in August with former owners who want them back.

Twenty equines were residing on the farm when... Read More

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Rider Disqualification Handed Down at Burghley Event

September 08, 2009

Rider Harry Meade of Great Britain was disqualified from last weekend's Burghley Horse Trials in the UK after the competition's ground jury ruled he was riding an exhausted horse. He was barred from competition on his second mount of the day.... Read More

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Kentucky State Fairgrounds Barn Fires Ruled Arson

September 07, 2009

Investigators say a fire that destroyed four barns at the Kentucky state fairgrounds was intentionally set.

Four barns were destroyed and several others damaged in the blaze that was reported at about 2 a.m. Sept. 2. There were no animals in... Read More

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Colorado Officials Seize Threatened Horses

September 05, 2009

Colorado authorities came to the rescue of 24 horses yesterday that a northern Colorado man had threatened to shoot, according to the Associated Press.

Trenton H... Read More

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Massey University Veterinarians to Host Dressage Greats

September 05, 2009

Some of the world's leading equestrian talent will be at Manfeild, New Zealand, this month to team up with Massey University's leading equine scientists and sporting academics for the International Equestrian Federation regional dressage forum.... Read More

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Cornell Equine Health Receives Funds From Sporthorse Tournament

September 04, 2009

Cornell University's Equine Health Advancement Fund will get a boost from the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament's ticket sales and silent auction.

The tournament will be held at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY, from Oct. 28-Nov.... Read More

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'Scarred and Blemished' Classes Added to UK Horse Show

September 04, 2009

A horse show in Wales is showing some love to "all but perfect" horses by adding special classes for equines with scars and blemishes that otherwise might keep them from the ring, Read More

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California Racing Board to Examine New Safety Equipment

September 03, 2009

The newly-formed safety committee of the California Horse Racing Board will meet for the first time Sept. 4 to begin the regulatory process to establish new standards and specifications for vests, helmets, and whips.

The committee will... Read More

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Judge Allows Controversial Mustang Gather

September 03, 2009

The roundup of more than 190 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses from the Pryor Mountain herd got under way on Thursday after a U.S. federal judge ruled against a group that tried to prevent the gather.

The roundup was originally... Read More

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Walking Horse Show Officials Investigate Alleged Bribery

September 02, 2009

An exhibitor at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is under investigation for allegedly attempting to bribe a Designated Qualified Person (DQP) during a pre-performance inspection.

DQPs are employed by horse show managers to... Read More

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Illinois Equine Humane Center Moves to New Facility

September 02, 2009

The Illinois Equine Humane Center (ILEHC) recently relocated its operation to Elgin, Ill. The ILEHC's herd of horses seeking adoptive homes can now be visited at their new facility, located at 9N673 Kendall Road in Elgin.

"We are very... Read More

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Mustang Training Competition Offers $300K in Prize Money

September 01, 2009

The Extreme Mustang Makeover will offer an estimated $300,000 in prize money as it enters its third year of competition.

"We've been very fortunate in this economy to be able to sell out all of our events with the average adoption of the... Read More

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The Replacements: Alternative Forages and Feeds

September 01, 2009

Quality forage and grain alternatives can help owners manage horses during drought and economic downturn.... Read More

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Seized Arabians in Custody of Texas Group

August 28, 2009

More than 70 allegedly neglected Arabian horses seized from their owner earlier this month are now in the permanent custody of the agency directing their care.

Denton County... Read More

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Deworming: Majority of Readers Don't Utilize Fecal Egg Count Exams

August 28, 2009

More than 600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you utilize fecal egg count exams?"... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Names New Director

August 28, 2009

Ericka Caslin will serve as the Director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), the American Horse Council announced today.

Caslin is a graduate of Virginia Tech's Animal Sciences program and has been an active member of the hunter/jumper... Read More

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Walking Horse Celebration Show Inspectors Ready

August 27, 2009

Federal Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance inspectors will be out in force during this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, said Rachel Cezar, DVM, coordinator for the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Horse... Read More

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Record Number of Horses Surrendered to MSPCA; Assistance Needed

August 25, 2009

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm is receiving a record number of surrendered equines and is seeking adopters as well as donations for the horses' continued rehabilitation and medical care.... Read More

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Fund Drive for Seized Horses at Saratoga Race Course

August 25, 2009

Fans coming to Saratoga Race Course Aug. 26 will be able to help the almost 200 Thoroughbred horses recently removed from a Greene County Farm. In April, 2009, police raided the Climax, N.Y., farm of horse breeder Ernest Paragallo, who has been... Read More

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Racehorse Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

August 24, 2009

Although there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

The perceptions and realities of drugs used in the... Read More

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Saratoga Fully Accredited by Safety Alliance

August 22, 2009

New York Racing Association-operated Saratoga has been fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, officials announced Aug. 21.

Saratoga, host of the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, was... Read More

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Tips to Protect Horses, Livestock from Wildfire

August 21, 2009

Horse ownerscan take precautions to protect their animals from injury or death by fire.... Read More

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Wild Horse Shootings: Crime Stoppers Video Prompts Tips

August 21, 2009

A televised re-enactment of wild horse shootings in Alberta has prompted tips from the public on the crimes, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

"We're following up on some tips we've received," said Cpl. Tina Millard of... Read More

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Chicago Carriage Horses' Day in Court Delayed by Budget Crunch

August 20, 2009

The carriage horse seizure case involving J.C. Cutters Ltd. has been continued once more. This time it was due to a City of Chicago budget-related mandatory work furlough day for all non-essential city employees on Aug. 17.

"The new trial... Read More

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Extended Suspension Means No Olympics for German Equestrian Ahlmann

August 20, 2009

For Christian Ahlmann, the four-month forbidden substance suspension that morphed into an eight-month suspension has its own "long tail"--in Ahlmann's case, a ban against competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Ahlmann was suspended... Read More