Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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52 Thoroughbreds Find Homes Via Facebook

February 03, 2011

A Facebook post seeking to place 52 Ohio Thoroughbreds in need gained international attention within hours.... Read More

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Use and Abuse of Medications at Horse Shows (AAEP 2010)

February 02, 2011

At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., Marjorie W. Miller, DVM, discussed medication rules from several equestrian governing bodies as well as the role of veterinarians in equestrian ... Read More

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Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

February 02, 2011

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate,... Read More

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Cordero Sentenced in Florida Horse Poaching Case

February 02, 2011

A Florida man, Luis Miguel Cordero, was sentenced on Feb. 1 to serve four years in prison after he plead guilty to poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat. Miami-Dade County law enforcement authorities arrested Cordero in September... Read More

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Readers Stay in Shape to Ride

February 01, 2011

More than 680 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you take extra steps to keep in shape for riding your horse?"... Read More

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Kentucky Immigration Proposal Worries Horse Industry

February 01, 2011

After being on the national back burner for the last three years, the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced again in Kentucky in the form of a bill that breezed through the state Senate in early January. Horse industry officials discussed how the ... Read More

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Rescue Horse Rehab

February 01, 2011

Do you have any advice on the emotional rehabilitation of horses coming to rescues from abusive situations?... Read More

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KHC Names Rusty Ford 2010 Equine Health Steward

January 31, 2011

Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager for the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian, was named the 2010 Equine Health Steward by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) at an awards banquet on Jan. 14. Ford has been safeguarding the health of Kentucky's ... Read More

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Medical Pain Management Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 31, 2011

A Table Topic at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed medical pain management. Attendees agreed that the mainstay of pain management in the horse remains the use of ... Read More

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Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

January 31, 2011

A Montana man accused to maltreating a herd of horses has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The herd of 450 horses, owned by James H. Leachman, was residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow Tribal land ... Read More

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Sport Horse Practice Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 28, 2011

The Table Topic session on Sport Horse Practice (with a focus on eventers) at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., was well-attended by approximately 100 people. The discussion began ... Read More

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Equine Welfare: One European Perspective (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

The horse industry in the United States is not the only one dealing with an equine welfare problem. Some European countries are also facing challenges in assuring all horses have a good quality of life, according to Joe Collins, MVB, PhD, MRCVS, ... Read More

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Majority of Readers Live in Horse-Friendly Communities

January 25, 2011

More than 810 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you live in a horse-friendly community?" ... Read More

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BLM Declines Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposal, Requests More Info

January 25, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected Madeleine Pickens' plan to create a Wild Horse sanctuary in Nevada according to a written statement from BLM Director Bob Abbey. The wife of Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens first offered to establish the... Read More

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Montana Man Faces Cruelty Charges

January 25, 2011

A Montana rancher faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 450 horses. Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said the horses are residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow tribal ... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Research Launches Equinews.com

January 24, 2011

Horse owners, managers, trainers, and other industry professionals are always looking for accurate, dependable horse care information, especially if that information is focused on science-based nutrition. Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is proud to ... Read More

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Proposed Virginia Bill Amends Animal Welfare Code

January 21, 2011

Proposed legislation in Virginia would amend that state's animal welfare code to include care practices for horses and other livestock, but some equine rescue operators say the bill's language is confusing. Introduced on Jan. 12, HB 1541 would ... Read More

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Reward Offered in Assateague Island Wild Horse Shooting

January 21, 2011

National Park Service officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting death of a wild horse at the Assateague Island National Seashore earlier this month.... Read More

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UHVRC Application Deadline for Spring Vaccines Approaching

January 20, 2011

The application deadline to receive donated vaccines through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) is Feb. 1. Through this program, qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities are provided with all American Association of ... Read More

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Equine Welfare Council Discuss Options for Addressing Unwanted Horses

January 20, 2011

The Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council (EHWC) met January 19 in Frankfort to discuss the future of the unwanted horse in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rusty Ford, chairman of the council,, presided over the meeting that included members... Read More

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Nebraska Lawmakers Consider Horse Processing, Rescue Bills

January 19, 2011

Proposed legislation in Nebraska could facilitate horse processing plant development in that state, while a companion bill would penalize rescue operators who turn away horses brought to them for care. Introduced on Jan. 12, LB 305 would establish a ... Read More

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Minimum Standards of Horse Care Booklet Published for California Officials

January 18, 2011

"Is it abuse or neglect?" Sometimes law enforcement officials unfamiliar with horses or proper horse care have to make that call in an equine welfare case. Three equine researchers in California recently published a booklet to arm California law enfo... Read More

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American Saddlebred Museum Set to Open New Exhibit

January 15, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action! The American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Horse Park, located in Lexington, Ky., is readying its 2011 exhibit which will feature both Saddlebreds and Saddlebred owners that have played important roles in the movies, on ... Read More

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Suspicious Wisconsin Horse Death Not Caused by Cougar

January 14, 2011

A wild animal was not responsible for killing a Wisconsin horse, according to necropsy results on the horse, which were released last week.
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Colorado Man Sentenced in Barn Arson Case

January 14, 2011

A Colorado man was sentenced on Jan. 12 to serve more than 10 years in prison in connection with a barn fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9, 2010. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were r... Read More