Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Ohio Woman Convicted on Cruelty Counts

May 03, 2010

An Ohio woman has been found guilty on more than 40 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Harbor farm. An Ottawa County Municipal Court jury returned the verdicts April 30.

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Tennessee Rains Force Horse Evacuations

May 03, 2010

More than 200 horses were evacuated from Williamson County, Tenn., farms this weekend as more than 13 inches of rain fell within 24 hours in the rural county south of Nashville.

Owners began transporting their horses to the Williamso... Read More

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Galbreath Award to Llewellyn

May 03, 2010

David Llewellyn, president and founder of Wyvern International Ltd., the exclusive worldwide distributor of Thoroughbred horse racing from Australia, has been named the 20th recipient of the University of Louisville's John W. Galbreath Awar... Read More

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Penn State Extension Offers Equine Short Courses

May 02, 2010

Is your farm violating state regulations? How can you safely and effectively dispose of manure? Is beet pulp a good feed choice for your horse? Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering a series of Equine Environmental Stewardship short cour... Read More

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Horse-Human Relationship Symposium at Tufts

April 30, 2010

The Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence Symposium: Hoofbeats and Society: the Horse-Human Relationship is scheduled for May 15-16 at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Mass.... Read More

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Free Updated Unwanted Horse Coalition Brochure Available

April 29, 2010

"Own Responsibly: The Problem of the Unwanted Horse" brochure has been updated and released by the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).

The brochure details such aspects of the UHC as its key mission to educate horse owners abou... Read More

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Helmets, Damages, and Waivers

April 29, 2010

Mandatory helmet laws for riders, damages available to a successful plaintiff in equine litigation, and liability waivers were among the topics addressed during the first day of the 25th National Conference on Equine Law in Lexington, Ky. Presented ... Read More

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Bahrain Disease Identified as Glanders

April 29, 2010

Veterinarians have had to euthanize eight horses in three weeks due to glanders.... Read More

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Free Horse Castration Clinic Offered in Minnesota

April 28, 2010

The Animal Humane Society (AHS), in partnership with the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition and the Minnesota Horse Council, will offer a free, one-day horse castration clinic on May 15 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, Minn., throu... Read More

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Two Plead Not Guilty in Mustang Shooting Case

April 28, 2010

Two Nevada men facing federal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of five Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs at the Buckhorn Management Area in November pleaded not guilty to the charges during an appearance in U.S. District Co... Read More

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Clydesdale Saves Forest Plants

April 27, 2010

A 19-year-old Clydesdale recently helped England's Forestry Commission haul logs out of Rockingham Forest with minimal damage to nearby trees and plants. Instead of using machinery, which would have cut a wider swath through the forest, the horse hau... Read More

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Horse Council Participates in Conference on Outdoors

April 27, 2010

The American Horse Council's Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass participated in the April 16 White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors held at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The conference focused on the challenges, opportuniti... Read More

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Montana Town Nixes Processing Slaughter Plant Development

April 27, 2010

The city of Hardin, Mont., will not be a site for horse processing plant development, thanks to an ordinance that forbids the location of high-volume slaughter operations within the city limits. The Hardin City Council passed the ordinance last... Read More

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Autistic Children Benefit from Interaction with Horses

April 26, 2010

Children with autism between 7 and 12 showed improved cognition, communication, and motivation after participating in specific equine-assisted activities (EAA), according to a recently completed study. The research shows that riding, grooming, and in... Read More

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Kentucky International Equine Summit Broadcast Live

April 25, 2010

The 2010 Kentucky International Equine Summit has entered a partnership with HorseTV to provide a live video feed of the summit over the Internet. The biennial event is slated this year for April 26-27 at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington, Ky.

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Kentucky Horse Park Stream Project to Improve Water Quality

April 24, 2010

The Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community has been working to make the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games as "green" as possible. One of the project's focal points has been to protect and improve water quality in and ar... Read More

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Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More

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Horses Undergo Pre-slaughter Stress, Study Confirms

April 22, 2010

That horses endure significant stress while waiting to be slaughtered has often been assumed. But a new study measuring stress hormone levels now confirms that theory, according to Italian researchers.

In the 45 minutes between remov... Read More

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Florida Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

April 22, 2010

A Florida bill to that would make it a felony to slaughter horses and sell their meat for human consumption drew closer to passage on April 21 when that state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure.

HB 765 p... Read More

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FEI to Host Global Congress on NSAID Use in Competition

April 22, 2010

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) will host a two-day global congress to debate the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in competition. The FEI Congress on NSAIDs Usage and Medication in the Equine Athlete, which will be ... Read More

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FDA Seeks Injunction Against Florida Pharmacy for Polo Pony Deaths

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking a federal court to stop Franck's Compounding Lab Inc. from manufacturing and selling compounded drugs used to treat animals. The Ocala, Fla., pharmacy produced a vitamin and mineral comp... Read More

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Supreme Court Rules Free Speech Trumps Animal Cruelty Videos

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a federal law banning the "commercial creation, sale, or possession of certain depictions of animal cruelty." The court, on an 8-1 vote April 20, declared the federal law too broad and ... Read More

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Tennessee Walking Horse Historian Dies

April 20, 2010

Dr. Bob Womack, who wrote The Echo of Hoofbeats, a History of the Tennessee Walking Horse, died April 17 in Mufreesboro, Tenn., reports the Murfreesboro Post and the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

Inducted into the Tenn... Read More

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Amigo Returns Home After Tree Branch Impalement

April 19, 2010

A horse that was given only a 2% chance of survival four months ago, following a freak accident, was discharged from the University of Tennessee Equine Hospital April 18.

About 100 well-wishers were present to celebrate Amigo's recovery. The 10... Read More

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Positive Hypersensitivity Test Eliminates Sapphire from FEI World Cup Final

April 18, 2010

The FEI reported that Sapphire, the horse ridden by McLain Ward (USA), has been eliminated from the second round of the FEI World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland, and disqualified from the rest of the event following a positive hypersensitivity test... Read More