Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Sheriff, Commission at Odds Over Mounted Police Headquarters

March 17, 2007

A vacant patch of land beside a county jail hardly seems worth fighting over, but don't tell DeKalb County, Ala., commissioners and Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

The commission and Harris have been at odds since he built a horse pen on the tract... Read More

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Horse Won as Contest Prize Turns 30

March 17, 2007

Mountwood Bally Hy--"Monty" to her longtime owner--will soon reach the milestone age of 30 years. Helen Seymour of Suffolk, England, won the horse as a prize in a Horse & Hound... Read More

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USDA to Distribute Oral Rabies Vaccine in Alabama

March 16, 2007

Wildlife Services, a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits across portions of central Alabama beginning on, or about March 20, to prevent the... Read More

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Veterinarians for Equine Welfare Launch New Web Site

March 16, 2007

A group of veterinarians has created an organization and Web site called Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) to express their beliefs concerning horse slaughter and the veterinary industry.

VEW consulted with representatives of the horse... Read More

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University of Tennessee Offering Emerging Diseases Course

March 15, 2007

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a weeklong, in-depth training course on Foreign Animal and Emerging Diseases from May 13-18, 2007, in Knoxville, Tenn. The course, which is jointly sponsored with the U.S.... Read More

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Trial Delayed in Maryland Neglect Case

March 15, 2007

The trial of Barbara Reinken, which was to begin March 19, will be rescheduled.

Officials removed 74 horses from Reinken's Sharpsburg, Md., farm in December 2006

The delay occurred because Reinken requested a jury trial. This transfers... Read More

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University of Kentucky Pasture Management Program Accepting Applications

March 14, 2007

The University of Kentucky's Pasture Management Program, returning for its third year with significant enhancements, is now accepting applications from central Kentucky horse farms interested in a professional evaluation and detailed... Read More

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WEG: Legislators Break Without Decision on Horse Park Projects

March 14, 2007

A $28 million appropriation for improvements to the Kentucky Horse Park was left in the lurch Monday when lawmakers adjourned without reaching an agreement on a number of major construction projects.

The money was to be used to build an... Read More

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Ontario Reinstates Trainers With Aminorex Positives

March 14, 2007

Though it stands by its equine drug-testing program, the Ontario Racing Commission said March 13 it will allow trainers with positives for aminorex, a methamphetamine-like substance, to enter horses in races in the province. The investigation... Read More

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Lack of Options Leading to Increase in Horse Abandonment

March 14, 2007

The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive.

There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the... Read More

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Maryland Department of Agriculture to Hold Farm Bill Meeting

March 13, 2007

Instead of its regularly scheduled monthly meeting for March, the Maryland Agricultural Commission will hold an informational session on the 2007 Farm Bill on March 19, in the lower level conference room at the Maryland Department of Agriculture... Read More

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More Than 700 Bales of Hay Donated to Seized Horses

March 13, 2007

A group of volunteers Sunday (March 11) delivered donations including more than 500 bales of hay, 250 pounds of carrots, 40 large salt blocks, and various treats to the more than 70 horses seized from a Sharpsburg, Md., farm in early December.... Read More

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USRider Offers Fuel Economy Tips

March 13, 2007

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that the average monthly motor gasoline prices will increase by nearly 40 cents per gallon from February ($2.28 per gallon) through June, peaking at $2.67 per gallon. Although the projected... Read More

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Drug Positives Have Regulators, Horsemen Scratching Heads

March 12, 2007

Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.

There have been positives for... Read More

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Kentucky Legislators: Horse Industry Deserves Better

March 12, 2007

Two Democratic legislators in Kentucky have formally asked Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher why the horse industry won’t have broad representation at an agriculture summit scheduled for March 15 in Louisville.

According to the state Web... Read More

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Informational Booklet on NAIS and Horses Released

March 12, 2007

The Equine Species Working Group has released the second edition of an informational booklet titled "NAIS and Horses: The Facts Surrounding the National Animal Identification System and the Horse Industry in the U.S."

The NAIS is ... Read More

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Dover Saddlery Opening New Virginia Store

March 11, 2007

Dover Saddlery has announced that the Grand Opening of its new Charlottesville, Va., store will take place April 13-15. Equestrians are invited to join in the Grand Opening celebration starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday,... Read More

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University of Illinois Offering Veterinary Medicine Open House

March 11, 2007

Do you want to learn the different ways veterinarians keep animals and people healthy? Then come to the 44th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 31, at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S.... Read More

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Abandoned Ponies, Donkey, Other Animals Await Adoption

March 11, 2007

Wanted: a good home for 23 neglected and abandoned ponies, 10 dogs, some goats, and one donkey.

The animals were rescued Mar. 7 from a ranch in Menifee, Calif., where they were abandoned several weeks ago. A concerned resident contacted... Read More

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Reward Offered in Wild Stallion Shooting

March 11, 2007

A reward is being offered for information in the February shooting of a 9-year-old wild stallion in the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area in Utah, the federal Bureau of Land Management said.

The black stallion, shot in the hip, was in... Read More

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Horseshoeing a Family Business for Michigan Farriers

March 10, 2007

A sizzle followed by a billow of foul-smelling smoke floated through the barn as Jeff Lickfeldt pressed a hot shoe to a Thoroughbred's hoof.

"That smells like money," he said laughing as it caused others' nostrils to curl.

For more tha... Read More

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USDA Proposes Tougher Walking Horse Soring Penalties

March 09, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has toughened regulations to stem persistent abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses by keeping trainers and owners who violate the rules out of shows and sales.

The Humane Society of the United States says the... Read More

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RSPCA: Changes to Jumps, Vet Checks Could Improve Cheltenham Festival

March 09, 2007

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA, a British animal welfare organization) is urging race organizers, horse owners, trainers and jockeys to make animal welfare their top priority at the Cheltenham Festival after... Read More

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Essay Contest to Honor America's Favorite Veterinarians

March 09, 2007

Animal owners across the nation can thank an excellent veterinarian through a new program offered by Merial Ltd., Morris Animal Foundation, and BowTie, Inc., honoring America's favorite veterinarian through the "Thank Your Vet for... Read More

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New York Equine Rehabilitation Facility Planned

March 09, 2007

The Gifford Foundation of Central New York recently approved a $150,000 grant to the Morrisville College Foundation (MCF) for its planned Equine Rehabilitation and Physiology facility.

Morrisville State College (MSC) seeks to expand the... Read More