Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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July 10 is National Helmet Awareness Day

July 10, 2010

Riders4Helmets.com will have a booth at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. by the Grill On The Hill (near stable office).

There will be severa... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Takes on Additional Goals

July 02, 2010

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) met in Washington, D.C., during the American Horse Council's Annual Meeting on June 21, 2010, to discuss the next steps, strategies and goals of the organization. "After four successful yea... Read More

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FBI Asked to Probe Calico Gathers

June 25, 2010

A Nevada wild horse advocate wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on grounds that the BLM unlawfully removed horses from the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area. ... Read More

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Proposed Canadian Bill Could Halt U.S. Slaughter Exports

June 22, 2010

A proposed Canadian law could halt the export of U.S. horses for slaughter in that country, one equine welfare advocate said. Along with Mexico, Canada became a major destination for U.S. slaughter-bound horses after court actions shuttered rema... Read More

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Nevada Men Plead Guilty to Mustang Killings

June 21, 2010

Two Nevada men each face penalties of up to one year in jail and $100,000 in fines after pleading guilty to shooting five Bureau of Land Management mustangs in Buckhorn Herd Management Area in Nevada in November 2009. Agency helicopt... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Takes the Next Step

June 21, 2010

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, now in its fifth year, adopted a multifaceted strategic plan June 21 designed to continue advocacy and education programs but move the organization to the next level. Coalition members met in Washington,... Read More

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BLM: Plan Would Create Sanctuary for Calico Complex Mustangs

June 08, 2010

Wild mustangs removed from the Calico Mountain Complex range in Nevada would avoid placement in long-range holding facilities in the Midwest if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), wild horse advocates and a Nevada rancher can agree on an alter... Read More

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Assateague Steps Up Wild Horse Educational Efforts

June 07, 2010

An increase in biting incidents at the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland has inspired a stricter policy toward visitors wishing to see the national park's famous wild horses.... Read More

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National Helmet Awareness Campaign Endorsed by USEF, USEA, and USDF

June 04, 2010

Equine digestive health product SUCCEED has teamed up with helmet advocate Jeri Bryant to launch the online helmet awareness campaign www.riders4helmets.com. The campaign is designed t... Read More

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Sport Horse Medication Rules Decoded

June 04, 2010

Confusion about medication rules still exist however, because the FEI and USEF differ in their selection and testing of horses, in who is held responsible for drug violations, and in their lists of permitted substances.... Read More

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Handicap Horseback Riding Program Searching for Horses

June 01, 2010

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), a NARHA therapeutic riding program, is looking for horses to add to its equine team. The program has recently expanded into a new facility and a new year-round schedule. CKRH has many requests to provide... Read More

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Who's To Blame? (Slaughter and Our Romantic Image of the Horse)

June 01, 2010

Who should get the credit--or blame--for the closings of Texas horse slaughter plants? Start with the horse industry itself, and its heroic, romantic image of the horse.... Read More

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Computer System Helps in Foot Surgery

May 28, 2010

Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) with a passive optical tracking system is the new future for repairing internal hoof fractures, providing highly accurate placement of screws and the chance for "perfect" results, according to a new stu... Read More

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Manure Management in Pastures: Readers Share Tips

May 25, 2010

More than 830 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you do with the manure in your pastures/paddocks?" ... Read More

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Florida Anti-Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

May 18, 2010

Anyone who slaughters a horse and sells its meat for human consumption in Florida now faces criminal felony charges under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist on May 14.

HB 765 prohibits the mutilation or killing of an... Read More

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AHC Tax Workshop to Feature Tad Davis

May 18, 2010

Thomas A. (Tad) Davis, author of the Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook, will conduct a tax workshop as part of the upcoming American Horse Council (AHC) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The tax session will be from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on June... Read More

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Slaughter Language Slashed From Missouri Bill

May 17, 2010

Language that would have established regulations and fees for horse processing operations in Missouri was removed from an omnibus agriculture bill that was passed by that state's Senate on May 14.

SB 795 contained language derive... Read More

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Missouri Slaughter Bill in Committee

May 12, 2010

A controversial Missouri bill that would allow horse processing plant development in that state was sent to the Senate Conference Committee May 11 for refinement. The committee has the power to strip slaughter language from the bill.

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Cyber Campaign Targets Missouri Slaughter Bill

May 10, 2010

Some horse slaughter opponents are using social networking sites to urge the defeat of Missouri legislation that would allow horse processing plant development in that state.

Introduced by Rep. Jim Viebrock, HB 1747 would establish p... 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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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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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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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