Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Horse Slaughter: A Nuisance to One Texas Community

December 06, 2005

On Nov. 29, the Kaufman, Texas Board of Adjustments moved a step closer to closing Dallas Crown Inc., one of two horse meat processing plants in Texas, on the basis that many residents consider it a nuisance to the community. The board voted 4 t... Read More

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Morris Targets $2.5 Million for Equine Research

December 04, 2005

Morris Animal Foundation announced today (Dec. 4) an equine initiative that will fund a maximum of $500,000 for the next five years on one specific area of equine research. The specific area of research--such as colic, laminitis, or gene... Read More

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"Zero Tolerance" Policy Leads to Positive Tests in Indiana

December 01, 2005

A "zero tolerance" policy in Indiana led to seven horses testing positive for cocaine during the waning weeks of Hoosier Park's recently concluded Thoroughbred meet. According to Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe... Read More

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Shoeing Wild Horses

December 01, 2005

I've just adopted a wild horse and have heard that they often don't need shoes. She is in a quarter-acre dry lot connected to a 10-acre irrigated pasture for turn-out. Do we need to shoe her?... Read More

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Sixth Annual Purina Equine Veterinary Conference Attracts Veterinarians, Veterinary Students

November 28, 2005

With nearly 400 in attendance, this year's Equine Veterinary Conference was the largest and one of the most successful conferences ever hosted by Purina Mills, according to Purina Mills Horse Business Group officials. The conference took place... Read More

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President Signs Horse Slaughter Amendment

November 23, 2005

On Thursday, Nov. 10, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter... Read More

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New Contracts Hurt BLM Sales

November 23, 2005

More than 400 wild horses are looking for new homes after buyers baulked at the new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contracts that imposed criminal penalties for selling animals to slaughter, according to an article in the Las Vegas... Read More

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USRider, EKU to Continue Large Animal Rescue Training

November 16, 2005

USRider Equestrian Motor Plan has teamed up with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to conduct large animal rescue training for the second consecutive year. The training was initially offered at EKU through two training sessions in March 2005.... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Gives Final Approval to Drug Regulations

November 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14 gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that had been the subject of controversy when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

The... Read More

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Tornado Kills Three Horses in Northwestern Kentucky

November 07, 2005

According to an Associated Press article on bloodhorse.com, a tornado that tore through Ellis Park racetrack in Henderson, Ky., early yesterday morning (Nov. 6) killed... Read More

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Horse Killed, People Injured in California Collision

November 07, 2005

A loose horse that wandered onto a roadway near Woodland, Calif., last week was killed by one vehicle and its body was hit by a second automobile, according to the Woodland Daily Democrat (Read More

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Coping in the Wake of Fair Hill Barn Fire

November 03, 2005

The sight is devastating. Charred posts and jagged pieces of tin are jutting into the air from the blackened remains of what was a 40-stall horse barn on the peaceful rolling hills of the Fair Hill Training Center.

Just to the left of on... Read More

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Breeders Speak Out in Favor of Kentucky Medication Changes

November 02, 2005

More than 100 Kentucky-based breeders have come out in support of new equine medication and related penalties proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Arthur Hancock III of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., sent breeders copies of a... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Summit

November 01, 2005

Representatives from 20 equine-related organizations that make up the unwanted horse coalition met Sept. 21 at the American Veterinary Medical Association headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., to focus on the group's mission and to create a long-ter... Read More

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Senate Passes Slaughter Funding Amendment

November 01, 2005

On Sept. 20, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan amendment (68-29) to the Agriculture Appropriations bill will eliminate federal funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors in slaughter houses for one fiscal year. Under the... Read More

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Heroes Nonetheless

November 01, 2005

Hard to imagine, isn't it? Two severe hurricanes hitting within a month of each other. Striking within miles of each other. People we know, people we've never met--their lives are changed forever. Their stories have touched us and made us cry.... Read More

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Enduring Chaos

November 01, 2005

More than 350 Louisiana horses and mules were rescued after Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf Coast on August 29. Rescuers dealt daily with images of destruction--such as barns full of trapped horses that didn't survive the storm... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Heads to Senate for Approval

November 01, 2005

On Friday, Oct. 28, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a vote of 318-63 an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for USDA horse meat inspections. That amendment was added to the $100-billion federal appropriations bill. If... Read More

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Katrina Pounds the Southeast

October 21, 2005

Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm, striking the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines just days after damaging parts of south Florida. See www.TheHorse.com for update... Read More

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Four Horses Shot and Killed in Idaho

October 19, 2005

According to ABC news affiliate KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, four horses were shot Friday (Oct. 14) in Fremont County, Idaho, after wandering onto a neighboring property. Three of the horses died instantly, and the fourth had to be... Read More

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Suit Filed Over Death of Thoroughbred Racehorses

October 18, 2005

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the owners of millionaire sprinter Saratoga County, stakes winner Egg Head, and two other horses against a pharmacy that allegedly supplied a compounded drug treatment that led to the deaths of three of the... Read More

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Wisconsin Horse Dies in Hayride Incident

October 18, 2005

According to the Watertown Daily Times, a horse died in an accident at Ebert's Greenhouse Village in Ixonia, Wisc., on Sunday afternoon as a fall... Read More

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Painter Richard Stone Reeves Dies at 85

October 17, 2005

Richard Stone Reeves, perhaps the greatest modern-day horse painter, died Oct. 7 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, N.Y. He was 85.

Over the years, Reeves had been commissioned by top owners and breeders to paint portraits of... Read More

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Kentucky Works on Withdrawal Times for Medications

October 17, 2005

In the wake of controversy concerning its new medication regulations, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed two standing subcommittees to oversee the next phase of integrating the race-day medication regulations. The committees,... Read More

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Bernstein Horses in Detention for TC02 Positive

October 17, 2005

Horses trained by David Bernstein must spend at least 24 hours in a pre-race detention barn because one of his horses tested positive for a high level of total carbon dioxide at Del Mar.

The detention period began Sept. 30 at the Oak Tre... Read More