Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Boarding Checklists Help Ensure Happy Horses and Owners

March 05, 2011

Equine enthusiasts unable to use their own facilities to house a horse should consult a well-thought-out checklist when looking to board the animal. Dave Freeman, PhD, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist, advises horse ... Read More

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West Virginia Equine Rescue Regulation Bill Clears Senate

March 03, 2011

Legislation that would establish licensing and inspection regulations for equine rescues operating in West Virginia advanced when it was passed by that state's senate on March 1. The bill, SB 540, would require rescue operators i... Read More

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Poll: Majority of Readers Welcome New Year with Dewormer

March 01, 2011

Exactly 775 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When do you administer dewormer for the first time in a new year?" ... Read More

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Pre-Race Exams Included in Proposed West Virginia Racing Rules

March 01, 2011

The West Virginia Senate passed an overhaul of the state's horse racing regulations Feb. 25, which include mandatory pre-race veterinary exams for horses. The revisions have met with some opposition from horsemen and breeders who claim their ... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Board Welcomes New Members

February 28, 2011

Polly Haselton Barger of Winchester, Darryl Leifheit of Lexington, and Cynthia Higgs of Lexington, have recently been appointed to the Kentucky Horse Council Board of Directors. In November 2010 KHC members enacted a change to the agency bylaws that ... Read More

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Texas Juveniles to Face Cruelty Charges

February 28, 2011

Two Texas juveniles will face criminal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two horses, according to Grayson County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Ricky Wheeler. Wheeler said sheriff's department investigators ... Read More

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Not Guilty Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

February 26, 2011

A Montana couple accused of maltreating horses on their Carbon County ranch have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. Earlier this month, authorities discovered more than 60 animals residing on a ranch owned by Jack and Terry Martin. ... Read More

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Learn to Improve Personal Brand in the Horse Business at March KENA Meeting

February 26, 2011

At the next KENA (Kentucky Equine Networking Association) dinner meeting, Doug Emerson will share three tips on branding the equine business with a presentation called "Horses Don't Write Checks, Customers Do". Emerson is the author of Profitable Ho... Read More

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Calgary Stampede Lists New Animal Safety Rules

February 25, 2011

Horses used in the Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races at the 2011 Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada, will receive veterinary inspections upon arrival to the event and prior to competition under new rules announced by Stampede management on Feb. 23. ... Read More

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BLM to Reduce Mustang Removals, Increase Contraceptive Use

February 25, 2011

Fewer Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs will be removed from the range and more mustang mares will receive anti-fertility treatment under a new management strategy plan announced by agency director Bob Abbey on Feb. 24. Under the plan, the BLM... Read More

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Oklahoma Racing Commission Helps Retired, Unwanted Thoroughbreds

February 24, 2011

Retired Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred racehorses will get help retraining for a second career thanks to a new rule passed by the Oklahoma Racing Commission last week. Under the rule, Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account funds may be ... Read More

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Equine Reproductive Management Short Course March 26-27 at Kansas State

February 23, 2011

Kansas State University's (KSU) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, will host its 7th Equine Reproductive Management Short Course, March 26-27, at the university's Horse Teaching and Research Unit in Manhattan. The tw0... Read More

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Semen and Embryo Importation Requirements for Canada

February 23, 2011

According to Equine Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that import permits will continue to be required for the importation of semen and embryos from the U.S. into Canada during 2011. These import restrictions are ... Read More

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Chicago Museum Next To Host 'The Horse' Exhibit

February 22, 2011

Chicagoans and guests to the Midwest can marvel over the history and development of our modern world courtesy of "The Horse," an interactive exhibit at The Field Museum through Aug. 14. The exhibit allows visitors to view ... Read More

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Handling Barn Collapses

February 21, 2011

No horse owner or barn manager wants to deal with a barn collapse, but should one occur, it's important to know how to deal with the situation to give the horses and other animals that might be trapped the best chance of survival. There are a few ... Read More

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New Border Inspection Point for Horses Traveling to England

February 19, 2011

According to a report from Horse and Hound, a European Union equine border inspection post at Manston Airport scheduled to open in April will allow more horses to fly in and out of Great Britain, bringing the number of equine-friendly airports in the... Read More

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CHRB Eyes Lower Phenylbutazone Threshold

February 18, 2011

Lower thresholds for the common pain reliever phenylbutazone (Bute) in post-race tests of horses could be on the way in California in spite of objections from horsemen. At its meeting Feb. 17 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., the California ... Read More

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Ohio Veterinarian's Son Confirms 52 Thoroughbreds Rehomed

February 18, 2011

The 52 Ohio Thoroughbreds gaining notoriety three weeks ago after their owner's death have been placed.... Read More

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Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund Distributes $10 Million

February 18, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) announced Feb. 18 that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund (KBIF) will distribute $10 million in awards to 1,398 breeders of winning horses in eligible races around the world in 2010. There were a total ... Read More

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BLM Funding Faces Potential Cut

February 18, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would lose $2 million in funding if an amendment introduced and sponsored by U.S. Representative Dan Burton (Ind.) earlier this week is approved. Burton presented the funding cut as an amendment to an omnibus ... Read More

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Montana Pair Faces Charges

February 18, 2011

A Montana couple faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on their Carbon County property. Carbon County Deputy County Attorney Rennie Wittman said that earlier this month, authorities from the ... Read More

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AAEP Good Works Honorees Care for Abused, Neglected Horses

February 17, 2011

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has named Mary Beth Hamorski, VMD, and Christina Wilson, DVM, of Califon Animal Hospital in Lebanon, N.J., as the January honorees of its Good Works Campaign. Hamorski and Wilson provide ... Read More

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Nebraska Horse Processing Bill Advances

February 17, 2011

A measure intended to facilitate private sector horse processing plant development in Nebraska was approved by that state Senate's Agriculture Committee on Feb. 15. The bill, LB 305, would establish a state inspection program for plants that process ... Read More

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Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

February 16, 2011

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute. Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said ... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainer Dutrow Suspended 90 Days for Drug Infractions

February 16, 2011

New York racing stewards have suspended trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.--famous for training 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown--for 90 days for a positive drug test result from a horse in his barn at Aqueduct last fall and for ... Read More