Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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USEF Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Rule Change Coming

March 12, 2010

An important rule change affecting the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in competition horses was approved at this year's U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting, held January 13-17, 2010.

Motivated ... Read More

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Hay Feeders Reduce Waste

March 12, 2010

Horse owners can nearly halve their hay wastage by selecting the right round bale feeder for their pasture.... Read More

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Charges Filed in Nevada Mustang Shootings

March 12, 2010

Two Nevada men face federal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of five Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs at the Buckhorn Herd Management Area in November.

Agency helicopter pilots discovered the animals' carcas... Read More

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Wyoming Changes Livestock Disposal Options

March 11, 2010

Wyoming livestock authorities can slaughter stray or feral livestock, including horses, and sell their meat under a measure signed into law by Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Tuesday. HB 122, the Disposal of Livestock Act... Read More

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New York Thoroughbred Breeder Convicted on 33 Cruelty Counts

March 10, 2010

Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York Thoroughbred breeder and trainer has been convicted of mistreating dozens of horses. Paragallo was convicted March 10 of 33 of 34 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts in a non-jury trial.

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Hay Banks Help Horses, Owners in Need

March 08, 2010

As some recession-weary horse owners struggle to feed their animals, hay banks in some states are helping those most in need.

Hay banks provide owners with enough hay to keep their horses healthy during times of crisis, often up to o... Read More

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Pack Horse Abuse Appeal Yields Jail Sentences, Fines

March 08, 2010

A father and son found guilty of overworking and neglecting their horses during a pack trip in Montana in 2008 were each handed six months in jail during their appeal last week.

Craig Heydon and his son, Curtis Heydon, will also have... Read More

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Phytonutrients for Controlling Free Radicals in Horses

March 07, 2010

Phytonutrients are a class of compounds showing value in controlling inflammation and its negative effects.... Read More

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Horse Industry Reaches Out to Chilean Backstretch Workers

March 06, 2010

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America and racetrack chaplaincy ministries in Chile have partnered to create the RTCA Chilean Racetrack Relief Fund to provide disaster aid to backstretch workers severely affected by recent earthquakes.

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Horse Slaughter Bill Would Lift Illinois Ban

March 06, 2010

Illinois Rep. Jim Sacia is a horse owner, and while he stated in an article that he would not personally use slaughter plants as an end-of-life choice for his animals, he believes that decision should be left up to individual horse owners. ... Read More

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Kentucky Farm Numbers Increase Slightly

March 05, 2010

In 2009, there were 85,500 farms in Kentucky, up 200 farms from a year ago according to the Kentucky Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. A farm is defined as "any establishment from which $1,000 or more... Read More

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Event to Combine Dressage and Figure Skating

March 05, 2010

The Ninth Annual Challenge of the Americas is excited to announce a very unique new dressage and figure skating performance to the Challenge lineup. Held in Wellington, FL, on Saturday, March 13, 2010, the evening will get under way at 5:30 p.m... Read More

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Backcountry Camping Clinic offered at QuarterFest 2010

March 05, 2010

Bo Winslow, a clinic instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association, will be featured at QuarterFest: A Celebration of the American Quarter Horse April 30 - May 2 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Winslow will... Read More

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Zoonotic Disease: Kansas State Awarded U.S. Homeland Security Grant

March 05, 2010

The United States Department of Homeland Security has awarded Kansas State University a $12 million grant for the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), to be paid over the next six years. The National Bio and ... Read More

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ASPCA Provides Thoroughbred Retirement Grants

March 04, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has unveiled a new initiative that will aid in the retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses. Six equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country were selected to take up the c... Read More

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New York Drug-Testing Lab to Move to Morrisville State

March 04, 2010

Morrisville State College instead of Cornell University will soon be testing race horses for unauthorized drugs.

New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini said the drug testing program would be a perfect fit for the college.... Read More

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AHP Equine Industry Survey Results Released

March 03, 2010

A total of 11,171 people who own, lease, or manage horses completed the American Horse Publications' Horse Industry Survey designed to gauge participation trends in the U.S. horse industry. This was the largest survey of hands-on owners and... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainer Pleads Guilty to Abuse Charges

March 03, 2010

Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on ... Read More

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Spring Shedding: Readers Report, Share Tips

March 02, 2010

More than 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Has your horse started shedding yet?" ... Read More

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Second Pack Horse Cruelty Trial Yields Guilty Verdicts

March 01, 2010

A Montana jury has found two men guilty of animal cruelty for starving and overworking three of their four horses during a pack trip through the Montana wilderness in the summer of 2008.

Curtis Heydon, 38, was found guilty of 10 coun... Read More

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State Slaughter Bills Pending

March 01, 2010

Legislators in several states are again considering bills that address the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

In Florida, lawmakers are reviewing a pair of bills that would make it felony to slaughter horses and sell their me... Read More

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Normal Steroid Levels in Racehorses

February 28, 2010

Steroid usage in racehorses has received a good deal of attention in the media, perhaps reaching a peak during the 2009 Triple Crown season when Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on the legally administered steroid stanozolol, then... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Welfare Bill Passes House

February 26, 2010

Legislation that will enhance the health and welfare of the horse passed the Kentucky House of Representatives Feb. 25 on a bipartisan vote of 98-0. House Bill 398, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Tom McKee, will now be considered by the state Sen... Read More

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Nebraska Rancher Sentenced on Cruelty Charges

February 25, 2010

Jason Meduna, the Nebraska rancher found guilty of maltreating former Bureau of Land Management mustangs will serve not less than 40 months in prison, and is prohibited from owning or working with livestock for 30 years.

Morrill Coun... Read More

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13-Year-Old New York Gelding Goes for Win

February 25, 2010

On Feb. 26, the 13-year-old Cool N Collective will try again to become one of the oldest horses ever to win a race in New York when he faces six others in the first race at Aqueduct.

In his first start at age 13, Cool ... Read More