Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Horse Rescuers Taking in Record Numbers Amid Drought, Hay Prices

December 30, 2007

A horse rescue agency that operates in North Carolina and two other states has taken in almost double the number of abused and neglected horses it usually accepts each year, and more than half came from North Carolina.

Workers with the... Read More

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Sweetnorthernsaint Back in Action

December 29, 2007

Last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Sweetnorthernsaint returns from a seven month layoff Dec. 29, taking on 10 rivals in the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park.

A runaway winner in the 2006... Read More

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National Horsemen's Group Setting Racehorse Steroid Policy

December 28, 2007

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is formulating a position on regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

The National HBPA has affiliates in about 30 jurisdictions, some of which already have adopted rules to... Read More

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Readers Respond: Spreading the Holiday Cheer

December 28, 2007

More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you support any equine-related charities or nonprofit groups?"

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USDA to Distribute $1 Billion for Crop, Livestock Loss

December 27, 2007

The USDA will begin issuing payments to tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers across the country who suffered losses because of natural disasters, acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced Dec. 19.

"Numerous agricultural... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report Third Quarter 2007

December 27, 2007

Cases of equine herpesvirus (EHV) respiratory disease were widely reported among a variety of breeds in France. In the United Kingdom, respiratory disease attributable to EHV-1 was diagnosed among a group of donkeys and to EHV-4 among a group of foal... Read More

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Virginia Forage Conference to Focus on Horse Owners' Needs

December 26, 2007

The Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council will explore how horse owners can maintain a healthy animal, pasture, and environment at this year's equine forage conference, to be held Feb. 11-13.

The... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Co-Author Named PETA Person of the Year

December 26, 2007

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) was today named Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The group called the senior senator, "a tireless advocate for improving legal protection for animals, including animals who... Read More

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Happy Holidays from The Horse Herd

December 25, 2007

Happy holidays from the staff of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. We look forward to another year of bringing you the latest news on equine health care, management, welfare, new advances in veterinary medicine, and research.... Read More

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Rhode Island Horse Freed on Christmas Eve

December 25, 2007

A horse stuck in mud and unable to escape got some help from the community on Christmas Eve in Tiperton, R.I. The local fire department called in Four Corners Rescue Center, and with their experience and the help of a backhoe and a sling made... Read More

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Alltech to Address Elevated Feed Costs during Lecture Tour

December 23, 2007

Alltech will begin its annual North American Lecture Tour (NALT) Jan. 7, 2008. The tour theme is "The Feed Cost Puzzle: Performance or Profitability," and the event will provide a forum to share and learn how the latest technologies and... Read More

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Michigan Lawmakers Pass Bill to Increase Animal Cruelty Penalties

December 23, 2007

Michigan lawmakers recently passed legislation that will significantly strengthen penalties for the most severe cases of animal neglect. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement praising this action.

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Horse Associations Meet to Discuss Direction of Western Pleasure

December 22, 2007

They came to discuss one of the oldest and most traditional classes offered by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Snaffle Bit Association(NSBA). And discuss they did. By the time the group of nearly 70 professionals, who cam... Read More

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Questions Raised about Dead Horses Dumped Outside Kuwait Equestrian Clubs

December 21, 2007

At least 14 horses have been found dead in front of two equestrian centers in Kuwait, according to Kuwaiti news reports, an animal protection organization, and a local resident. Many of the horses appear to have died from gunshot wounds to the... Read More

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American Quarter Horses Rewarded for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Performance

December 21, 2007

The dust has settled at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center from the 49th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), and the fans' votes are counted for the Fort Dodge Champion American Quarter Horses of the WNFR.

American Quarter Horses carry the... Read More

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University of Minn. Offers Regional Horse Owner Education Days in 2008

December 21, 2007

The University of Minnesota Horse Team is offering five regional horse owner education programs throughout the state in February and March 2008.

Each program offers unbiased, research-based information and knowledgeable speakers identified... Read More

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Neighbors' Votes to Decide if Boy Can Take Horse Home

December 21, 2007

Alexander Gonzalez, 11, of Tucson, Ariz., would like to bring his Miniature Horse, Bailey, home for Christmas.

It doesn't seem like a tiny pet horse would be much of a problem high up in the rugged foothills of the Santa Catalinas, with all th... Read More

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More Horses, Fewer Donors Challenge Equine Rescue Groups

December 20, 2007

Two years ago, the directors of Maryland's equine rescue organizations got together to brainstorm ways to polish up their administrative skills and cultivate public support for their work. Back then, the Maryland Association of Rescue Equine... Read More

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Three Horses Dead, Six Impounded from Alabama Farm

December 20, 2007

State agriculture officials plan to charge a Shorter, Ala., man with animal cruelty after finding three dead horses on his property and six others allegedly undernourished.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said Wednesday his... Read More

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Readers Respond: Picture This

December 20, 2007

More than 960 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, " If a photo store was provided on TheHorse.com, what types of photos would you be interested in purchasing for personal use?"... Read More

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USEF Announces Finalists for Horse of the Year Honors

December 19, 2007

Members' votes will determine which of the nation's leading equines will be named the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year.

This year's winner will join dressage superstar Brentina (2005 winner) and jumping superstar... Read More

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New Fees for USDA Veterinary Diagnostic Testing to Start Jan. 1

December 19, 2007

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will soon begin to adjust the user fees charged for veterinary diagnostic services. These user fees will be increased incrementally beginning Jan. 1, 2008, and continuing through... Read More

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Horse Health News Video: Ryder Report for Dec. 19

December 19, 2007

Watch the Dec. 19 edition of the Ryder Report.

The report covers a proposed change to the USDA... Read More

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Kentucky Moves to Regulate Racehorse Steroids

December 18, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the state, and took the first step toward drafting and adopting the revised model rule offered by the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More

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Clydesdales of Breeder Killed by Exhaust Fumes Sold

December 17, 2007

Clydesdale breeder DeVere Clay was known far and wide for the horses he raised before he and his wife died, along with two granddaughters, from fumes while sleeping in a horse trailer in October.

Now his prized horses are going to new... Read More