Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Controlling Wild Horse Populations Via Immunocontraception

December 09, 2009

Immunocontraception is a technique that uses the body's own immune system to prevent pregnancy.

"For almost four decades we have known that antibodies against the membrane of a mammal's unfertilized egg can be used to... Read More

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Norwegian Rider Disqualified from Beijing Olympics

December 08, 2009

Norwegian equestrian Tony Andre Hansen and his 2008 Olympic mount, Camiro, have been definitively disqualified from the Beijing Olympics for a medication offense. The disqualification followed an appeals commission decision handed down Dec. 4.<... Read More

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Horse Trainers Needed for $100K Mustang Event

December 03, 2009

The Mustang Heritage Foundation has upped the ante, offering a $100,000 guaranteed Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.

This event will allow trainers to choose their horses and adopt them prior to the competition.... Read More

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Kentucky Changes Racehorse Drug Testing Procedures

December 02, 2009

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved new procedures that regulators say will streamline and reduce the cost of equine drug testing in the state by as much as 25-30%.

Under the new procedures, approved unanimously by th... Read More

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FEI to Delay New Medication Rules

December 01, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has passed a resolution delaying implementation of the new Equine Prohibited Substances List and the accompanying Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations... Read More

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Vets Object to New FEI Drug Guidelines, FEI Responds

November 30, 2009

On Nov. 19 the General Assembly of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) approved new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations as well as a new list of prohibited substances. The passed regulations... Read More

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USEF Issues Statement on FEI Drug Guidelines

November 30, 2009

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) today issued a statement on new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations passed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) General Assembly Nov. 19. The passed... Read More

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Mare and Foal Thriving After Nebraska Ranch Rescue

November 26, 2009

A mustang mare believed to be around 38 years old is thriving, and has delivered a healthy filly since authorities removed her and 209 other horses from the 3-Strikes... Read More

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Nevada Wild Horse Gather Postponed by BLM

November 25, 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed its planned removal of more than 2,000 wild horses from the Calico Complex Herd Management Area in northwest Nevada pending a review of public comments on the roundup.

Beginning Dec... Read More

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Lawsuit to Halt Nevada BLM Horse Gather Filed

November 24, 2009

Animal welfare advocates are asking a federal court to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from gathering wild mustangs from a Nevada range on grounds that the roundup endangers the animals' lives and violates the Wild Free-Roamin... Read More

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FEI Takes Steps on Equine Welfare, Doping Issues

November 23, 2009

In the wake of the hyperflexion controversy sparked by viral video of an international dressage competitor's horse, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More

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Move Planned for New York Drug-Testing Lab

November 21, 2009

After nearly four decades, New York’s Cornell University is moving to close its world-famous equine drug-testing laboratory. An equine science program at a state university 70 miles up the road is eagerly willing to take over, and... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Drug Tests Return Clean Results

November 11, 2009

All horses that ran in the Breeders' Cup have tested negative for illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The California Horse Racing Board said testing was completed Tuesday and all the samples came back clear from the UC Davis... Read More

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Equine Welfare Consensus Reached By AQHA, Partners

November 10, 2009

Equine industry alliance partners reached a general consensus involving humane treatment and equine welfare during a meeting October 20 and 21 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas.

Meeting... Read More

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USEF Medication Group Proposes Further Restriction of NSAIDs

November 10, 2009

The U.S. Equestrian Federation's Drugs and Medications Committee has reviewed a motion to further restrict the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in horses at USEF licensed competitions. The group put forth a rule chang... Read More

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Study: Topical Allergy Cream Can Produce Systemic Effects in Horses

November 10, 2009

Glucocorticoid cream applied at normal doses onto healthy equine skin will be quickly absorbed into the body"s system and can generate adverse systemic effects, said German researchers in a new study report. As a result, it can also... Read More

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Name an Assateague Island Wild Foal

November 09, 2009

Naming rights to a wild Assateague Island foal will be auctioned online starting Nov. 8. This is the second auction organized by the Assateague Island Alliance.

The four foals will be placed in the Assateague Island... Read More

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Colorado Horse Rescue, Days End Join Unwanted Horse Group

November 04, 2009

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has welcomed the Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) and Days End Farm Horse Rescue as members of the Coalition. With the number of unwanted horses still at a discouraging level, the UHC feels it is important to hav... Read More

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Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

November 04, 2009

Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Debuts News Summaries

November 02, 2009

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) released its inaugural issue of the UHC Media Roundup Oct. 27. The news summary, the first of its kind issued by the UHC, was sent to American Horse Council and Unwanted Horse Coalition mailing lists, as wel... Read More

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Miami Trail Riders Find Butchered Horse

November 02, 2009

The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.

In... Read More

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Whose Credit, Whose Blame?

November 01, 2009

Guest editorial on who is responsible for U.S. horse slaughter plants closing.... Read More

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Government to Study Unwanted Horse Issues

October 27, 2009

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with examining how horse processing plant closures have affected equine welfare. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with objective, fact-based... Read More

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Transport Precautions Reduce Risks to Traveling Horses

October 20, 2009

Horses being transported appear at increased risk of disease or distress when specific needs are not met.... Read More

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Agricultural Act Passes Senate, Moves onto President

October 14, 2009

On Oct. 8, 2009, the United States Senate passed the final version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R.2997). The House of Representatives approved the bill the... Read More