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FEI Announces Detection Time for Meloxicam

May 12, 2011

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced detection times for meloxicam (Metacam), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain and inflammation in the equine athlete.
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Racehorse Drug Summit Set for June 13-14

May 12, 2011

The "International Summit on Race Day Medication, Exercised-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), and the Racehorse" has been scheduled for June 13-14 in New York City. The event is jointly sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More

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Nevada Bill Could Threaten Wild Horse Water Access

May 11, 2011

The would strip Bureau of Land Management wild horses and burros of their wildlife status in that state.... Read More

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Meat Processing Bill

May 10, 2011

Lawmakers in New Hampshire have passed a bill establishing a state meat inspection system that some equine welfare advocates worry could facilitate horse processing in that state. HB 339-FN-A allows the New Hampshire state veterinarian to employ a ... Read More

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AAEP Urges Caution on Federal Horse Racing Drug Bill

May 06, 2011

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has expressed concern with "very broad language" in federal legislation geared toward use of performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses. The legislation, introduced in Congress May 4, apparently ... Read More

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Horse Racing Drug Bill Introduced by Congressmen

May 05, 2011

Two members of Congress introduced legislation May 4 authorizing penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses. The Federal Trade Commission would enforce the provisions of the bill offered by Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield... Read More

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Nebraska Legislature Passes Processing Study Bill

May 05, 2011

An amended version of a Nebraska bill that could facilitate horse processing plant development in that state was passed by state lawmakers on May 5, according to a spokesman for bill sponsor Sen. Tyson Larson. In its original version introduced in ... Read More

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ELCR and Breyer Award $10,000 to Develop Minnesota Horse Park

May 03, 2011

The Sibley Equine Conservancy was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) and Breyer Animal Creations of Pequannock, N.J., May 1 in a presentation held during the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** Three-Day Event, held April 27... Read More

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BLM Offers Tour of Okla. Long-Term Holding Facilities

May 01, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting an all-day public tour of two wild horse long-term holding pastures in Hominy, Okla., about an hour from Tulsa. The tour, which will take place on June 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will give the ... Read More

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RCI Board Votes to Examine Furosemide Policy

April 29, 2011

The board of directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) voted without objection this week in favor of a resolution calling for the re-examination of whether its current policy pertaining to furosemide (Salix, commonly ... Read More

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Proposed Federal Bill Would Have Hand on Race-Day Drug Use

April 29, 2011

A federal bill might be filed next week that creates a three-strikes-you're-out penalty system for anyone found guilty of racing a horse under the influence of a performance-enhancing drug.
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AAEP, NTRA, RMTC Organizing Upcoming Summit to Address Race-Day Medication

April 23, 2011

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors announced April 21 that it will join the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in organizing an international ... Read More

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Wild Horse Lawsuit to Go Forward

April 22, 2011

A federal judge sided with wild horse advocates April 19 when he declined to dismiss their lawsuit claiming that a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) round up of approximately 2,000 animals from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area near Susanville, ... Read More

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BLM Review Team Releases Harriman Facility Review

April 22, 2011

About 200 horses currently residing at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center in Herriman, Utah, will be relocated according to recommendations made by a team of inspectors who visited the site earlier this... Read More

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BLM, Veterinarians Review Utah Facility Conditions

April 19, 2011

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) personnel, the Utah State Veterinarian, and a veterinarian from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have reviewed conditions at a wild horse holding facility in Utah after a Colorado-based ... Read More

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KHRC Committee Denies Trainer Dutrow's License

April 14, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's (KHRC) license review committee voted unanimously April 13 to not issue a trainer's license for the state of Kentucky to trainer Rick Dutrow, who trained 2008 Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown. The KHRC cited ... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainers Against Potential Ban on Anti-Bleeder Medications

April 13, 2011

Saying they support efforts to limit race-day medications, two prominent Thoroughbred trainers say they hope the initiatives do not go so far as to ban use of the anti-bleeder drug furosemide (Salix).
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Wild Horse Advocates Allege Poor Conditions at BLM Holding Facility

April 13, 2011

A report recently released by the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based wild horse advocacy group, alleges that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center holding facility in Herriman, Utah, is housing mustangs ... Read More

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Oregon Horse Shooting Probe Expands

April 12, 2011

The probe into the shooting deaths of wild horses at the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville, Ore., expanded last week when a Crook County Sheriff's Department deputy discovered another horse that had apparently been shot and killed.
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The Jockey Club Supports RCI Medication Plan

April 12, 2011

Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, said April 11 the organization supports the recent Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) initiative to formulate a plan that would eliminate the use of medication in horses... Read More

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CHRB Targets Equine Injury Detection, Safer Track Surfaces

April 11, 2011

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is planning to expand its well-regarded equine postmortem examination program into part of a new racetrack injury prevention plan in conjunction with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). During a ... Read More

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Proposed Bill Would Expand Corolla Wild Horse Herd

April 09, 2011

The Corolla wild horse herd might grow larger with the passing of a bill currently under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives' committee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. Currently 108 horses in the North Carolina ... Read More

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British Equine Charities Help Welsh Inspectors with Feral Ponies

April 07, 2011

British equine charities trained Welsh authorities recently on how to handle Wales' feral ponies and keep them healthy. The trading standards and environmental health inspectors were given hands-on training in how to round up feral ponies and load ... Read More

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Rural Sanctuary: Most Readers Keep Their Horses in the Country

April 05, 2011

More than 880 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you keep your horse(s) in rural, suburban, or urban facilities?" ... Read More

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Updated FEI Prohibited Substance List Now in Effect

April 04, 2011

The 2011 Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Equine Prohibited Substance List comes into effect today, April 4. The updated list has been publicly available since the FEI General Assembly in Taipei last November when it was unanimously approved.... Read More