Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Horse Racing Commissioners Consider New Bute Threshold

September 10, 2010

A recommendation to lower the recommended threshold for phenylbutazone (Bute) from 5 micrograms per milliliter of plasma or serum to 2 micrograms per milliliter of plasma or serum will be considered by the Model Rules Committee of the Associati... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Approves Out-of-Competition Testing for Race Horses

September 08, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, operating on a tight schedule, approved a regulation Sept. 7 governing out-of-competition equine drug testing with plans to have it in place in advance of the Nov. 5-6 Breeders' Cup World Championships ... Read More

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FEI Announces Detection Times for Methylprednisolone Acetate

September 08, 2010

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced detection times for methylprednisolone acetate (Depo-Medrol), a frontline treatment for lameness in the equine athlete. The findings from recently completed studies on the... Read More

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FEI Proposes Prohibited Substances List Modification

September 07, 2010

Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at low therapeutic levels might be helpful for horses with inflammation between competitions, so clearer and more current information is needed about detection times for anti-doping testing, accordi... Read More

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Kentucky Out-of-Competition Regulations Go Forward

September 03, 2010

Proposed regulations governing out-of-competition testing for racehorses in Kentucky have been approved for consideration by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its Sept. 7 meeting. The regulations, which have been drafted, revis... Read More

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Kentucky Out-of-Competition Penalties Divisive

September 02, 2010

An effort to finalize proposed regulations on out-of-competition testing of horses in Kentucky erupted into a lively debate over penalties when two panels met in joint session via teleconference Aug. 31. The out-of-competition regula... Read More

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BLM Requests Independent Operations Review

August 31, 2010

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has asked the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC), an independent, nonprofit group that advises government agencies on scientific issues, to review the agency's Wild Horse and... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Announces Operation Gelding

August 30, 2010

Prevent unwanted horses by gelding your stallion or by providing the event at which other horse owners can get their stallions gelded. The Unwanted Horse Coalition's Opera... Read More

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Kentucky Out-of-Competition Regulations Closer to Reality

August 27, 2010

Two committees of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have agreed on a set of regulations that will pertain to out-of-competition testing that is being pushed through before the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs. ... Read More

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Karelien Released from Hospital After Life-Threatening Injury

August 27, 2010

Thoroughbred gelding Karelian, who sustained a life threatening injury in July, has been released from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. The 8-year-old gelding fractured both right front sesamoid bones, ruptured his suspensory apparatus and di... Read More

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California Anti-Slaughter Resolution Passes

August 26, 2010

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took its final step to passage on Wednesday when that state's Senate app... Read More

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NSAIDs Congress Exposes Benefits and Risks, Focuses on Horse Welfare

August 19, 2010

Scientific, legal, and ethical points of view on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use in competition horses continued to stream Switzerland's air even at the close of the two-day NSAIDs congress... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Materials Available

August 13, 2010

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) continues its efforts to educate the industry about the issues relating to unwanted horses and owning responsibly. The UHC has prepared and distributed a variety of materials that will educate horse owners on ... Read More

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Kentucky Drug Test Upgrade Needed for Breeders' Cup

August 11, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission hopes to expedite regulations for out-of-competition testing and have them in place in time for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Breeders' Cup has empl... Read More

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Readers Share Fecal Egg Count Test Experiences

August 10, 2010

More than 590 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Does your veterinarian recommend fecal egg count exams?" ... Read More

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Horseback Riding Survey Shows Many Don't Wear Helmets

August 07, 2010

A recent University of Kentucky (UK) HealthCare survey found that 60% of Kentucky horseback riding respondents did not wear any safety apparel the last time they went riding. "Many riders who have been injured say that they feel... Read More

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Congressmen Seek to Halt BLM Gathers

August 04, 2010

A bipartisan group of congressmen have asked Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to halt controversial gather operations in Nevada and postpone all pending wild horse gathers until an independent study of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) musta... Read More

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Livestock Displaced by Texas Floods Are Rounded-Up

August 04, 2010

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has been working jointly with the USDA-Veterinary Services (USDA-VS) to recover stray livestock that have come across the Rio Grande River due to recent rainfall that has flooded several South Texas cou... Read More

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Judge Denies Request to Halt Nevada Mustang Gather

July 29, 2010

A U.S. District Court judge in Nevada has declined to grant a wild horse advocate's second request for a temporary restraining order designed to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from gathering horses from the Rock Creek and Littl... Read More

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Four Horses Killed By Lightning Strike

July 28, 2010

Four Thoroughbred racehorses were killed by lightning in Jasper, Ga., Monday, July 26. Two geldings and two pregnant mares were found dead in their field located on the 66-acre farm owned by James and Irma Green. The horses were valu... Read More

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Readers Share Preference for Scheduling Online Events

July 20, 2010

More than 460 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What time of day (or night) would be best for you to catch an online webinar or live chat event related to horse health care? ... Read More

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AHC Rolapp Award Goes to Arkansas Senator

July 19, 2010

Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas has been awarded the American Horse Council's 2010 Rolapp Award. Senator Lincoln is the Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. "I am honored to receive this aw... Read More

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Sixth Horse dies at Calgary Stampede

July 17, 2010

On July 15 a chuchwagon race outrider horse became the sixth equine to die during the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada. The annual event features rodeo-style competitions and li... Read More

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Taking the Initial Step for Unwanted Horses

July 16, 2010

Taking the initial step to help unwanted horses is critical to solving the problem of excess horses facing the horse community. The Unwanted Horse Coalition's (UHC) new handbook, Best Practices: How Your Organization Can Help Unwanted Ho... Read More

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FEI Athletes Receive Anti-Doping Regulation Training

July 16, 2010

With the adoption of the new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMR), effective since April 2010, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has reinforced the concept of the Person Responsible in dopin... Read More