Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Rutgers' Young Horse Program Adds Mustangs to the Mix

September 20, 2009

Mustangs are the latest twist in the Young Horse Program at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Started in 1999 by Associate Professor Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, the... Read More

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Drug Testing, Prosecution Focus of Racing Conference

September 20, 2009

A seminar focused on drug testing and the prosecution of a medication case will be the focus of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s second annual Officiating Horse Racing Conference on Dec. 7, 2009, at the University of Arizona Race... Read More

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Mule Races Canceled after Multiple Medication Violations

September 18, 2009

Fairplex canceled the first two races of its Sept. 17 card when it was discovered that more than three-quarters of the entries for both mule races had been given medication within 24 hours of the races.

The California Horse Racing Board, th... Read More

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LSU Equine Drug Testing Lab Receives Racehorse Contract Extension

September 17, 2009

The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory (EMSL) has received a three-year extension of its contract with the Louisiana State Racing Commission to provide drug testing of racehorses... Read More

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National Wild Horse Adoption Day Aims for 1,000 Homes

September 16, 2009

People considering adopting a wild horse might find their equine matches at one of 35 events taking place nationwide during National Wild Horse Adoption Day Sept. 26.

Currently about 33,100 mustangs roam federal lands in 10 Western states.... Read More

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Horse Owner Education Sessions Offered by Minnesota Extension

September 10, 2009

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs this fall. Each program offers researched-based information and knowledgeable speakers. The cost to attend each program is $20 per person.... Read More

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Pryor Mustang Gather Complete, Some Horses Returned to Range

September 10, 2009

The majority of horses from the Pryor Mountain herd are back on the range now that their controversial gather is complete.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began removing the... Read More

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California Racing Board to Examine New Safety Equipment

September 03, 2009

The newly-formed safety committee of the California Horse Racing Board will meet for the first time Sept. 4 to begin the regulatory process to establish new standards and specifications for vests, helmets, and whips.

The committee will... Read More

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Judge Allows Controversial Mustang Gather

September 03, 2009

The roundup of more than 190 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses from the Pryor Mountain herd got under way on Thursday after a U.S. federal judge ruled against a group that tried to prevent the gather.

The roundup was originally... Read More

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Walking Horse Show Officials Investigate Alleged Bribery

September 02, 2009

An exhibitor at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is under investigation for allegedly attempting to bribe a Designated Qualified Person (DQP) during a pre-performance inspection.

DQPs are employed by horse show managers to... Read More

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Mustang Training Competition Offers $300K in Prize Money

September 01, 2009

The Extreme Mustang Makeover will offer an estimated $300,000 in prize money as it enters its third year of competition.

"We've been very fortunate in this economy to be able to sell out all of our events with the average adoption of the... Read More

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Deworming: Majority of Readers Don't Utilize Fecal Egg Count Exams

August 28, 2009

More than 600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you utilize fecal egg count exams?"... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Names New Director

August 28, 2009

Ericka Caslin will serve as the Director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), the American Horse Council announced today.

Caslin is a graduate of Virginia Tech's Animal Sciences program and has been an active member of the hunter/jumper... Read More

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Racehorse Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

August 24, 2009

Although there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

The perceptions and realities of drugs used in the... Read More

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Wild Horse Shootings: Crime Stoppers Video Prompts Tips

August 21, 2009

A televised re-enactment of wild horse shootings in Alberta has prompted tips from the public on the crimes, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

"We're following up on some tips we've received," said Cpl. Tina Millard of... Read More

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Extended Suspension Means No Olympics for German Equestrian Ahlmann

August 20, 2009

For Christian Ahlmann, the four-month forbidden substance suspension that morphed into an eight-month suspension has its own "long tail"--in Ahlmann's case, a ban against competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Ahlmann was suspended... Read More

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FEI Completes Investigation into German Equestrian Federation

August 19, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) isn't yet revealing its findings, but on August 14 it announced the completion of its investigation into doping allegations involving riders and officials of the German Equestrian Federation (German... Read More

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Racehorse Drug Penalties Stiffened at Breeders' Cup

August 11, 2009

Breeders' Cup has added to its medication and testing policy and increased penalties for violators for 2009.

Trainers whose horses test positive for anabolic steroids, which were banned last year, or Class 1 or Class 2 drugs will be banned... Read More

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U.S. Thoroughbred Stallion Reported Butchered in Peru

August 11, 2009

Drilling for Oil, a U.S. Thoroughbred graded stakes winner who was sent to Peru in July for stallion duty, was found dead after being butchered for his meat, according to the Read More

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Colorado Wild Horse Gather Halted By Judge

August 08, 2009

A federal judge sided with wild horse advocates this week when she ruled the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could not remove wild horses from the West Douglas Herd Area in northwest Colorado as planned.

The BLM had planned to remove th... Read More

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NY May Demand Horses' Complete Vet Records

August 08, 2009

State racing regulators in New York, seeking additional and timely information about medications given to racehorses, are eyeing a major crackdown on recordkeeping practices of Thoroughbred owners and trainers.

In what one official... Read More

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Chincoteague Pony Auction Raises Funds for Herd Health

July 30, 2009

This year's Chincoteague Pony swim and auction raised $94,100 for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Approximately 150 ponies were rounded up yesterday for today's annual sale, the proceeds of which are used to help maintain the wild... Read More

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Florida Horse Killing Investigation Expands Again

July 28, 2009

The investigation into a series of Florida horse poaching incidents expanded again Sunday when another horse was found dead in its pasture, apparently slaughtered for its meat.

A caretaker discovered the horse's carcass in a pasture near it... Read More

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Wild Horse Management Bill Draws Varied Reactions

July 27, 2009

An equine advocacy organization is criticizing new wild horse and burro management legislation, saying it fails to make efficient use of public land.

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Horse Poaching: Miami-Dade Police Investigate New Report

July 20, 2009

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating the death of another horse apparently butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade County Police discovered the horse's carcass July 19 after an anonymous tipster reported it... Read More