Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


FEI to Host Global Congress on NSAID Use in Competition

April 22, 2010

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) will host a two-day global congress to debate the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in competition. The FEI Congress on NSAIDs Usage and Medication in the Equine Athlete, which will be ... Read More


England to Build 164-Foot White Horse

April 17, 2010

Driving or taking a train through Kent, England, might surprise you in the future. The BBC News reports that permission has been granted to built a 164-foot white horse beside the A2 dual carriageway.... Read More


AQHA Data Reveals Registration Trends

April 15, 2010

In analyzing 30 years of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) registration data, AQHA discovered some trends that could help breeders and owners of American Quarter Horses make business decisions for the future. These trends, which ar... Read More


California Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

April 15, 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 a step toward passage on April 15 when the state’s ... Read More


Commentary: Critical Thinking while Reading

April 10, 2010

"Critical thinking" is the process of evaluating the merit and reliability of a stated fact and deciding whether the fact should be accepted or rejected. In other words, don't believe everything you read. Be a critical ... Read More


Legal and Ethical Veterinary Compounding

April 09, 2010

Drug compounding can be defined as the art and science of mixing ingredients, which may be active, inactive or both, to create a specific dosage form to meet a specific patient’s needs. Compounding can be performed by a veterinarian or by... Read More


Arizona Couple Charged for Horse's Death

April 08, 2010

An Arizona couple face multiple animal cruelty charges for allegedly killing a 26-year-old Arabian mare by injecting the animal with a homemade cocktail of pool acid and sodium bicarbonate. The pair are also charged with maltreating a 15-year-o... Read More


Riding Discipline Choice Related to Income, Survey Shows

April 06, 2010

Income plays a significant role in how owners use their horses, according to a recent survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications nationwide online survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 2009, to Jan. 31, 2010, which re... Read More


Drug Testing: New Test Recognizes Sample Contamination

April 04, 2010

Equine forensic scientists from Pennsylvania have developed a novel assay for equine blood and urine samples to identify racehorses and ensure that the samples destined for drug testing were handled appropriately.

Blood and urine sam... Read More


Unwanted Horses an Urgent Issue, Survey Says

April 03, 2010

What to do with unwanted horses is the most urgent issue facing the equine industry, according to responses from a recent survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications nationwide online survey, conducted from Oct. ... Read More


Missouri Horsemeat Processing Bill Advances

April 03, 2010

A bill establishing horse processing plant operation and meat inspection regulations was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Monday (March 29). HB 1747 also requires plant operators to pay registration and processing fees to unde... Read More


High-Tech Tools Uncover Cause of Mustang Deaths

April 01, 2010

Forensic scientists solved the mystery of what killed a large portion the the wild mustang herd in southern Nevada using a technique called stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. In July 2007, 71 horses of the 250-head herd of wild horses were...... Read More


New USEF Drug Rule Goes into Effect April 1

March 30, 2010

An important rule change affecting the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) competition horses goes into effect April 1.

The USEF Board of Directors voted to amend its Therapeutic... Read More


FEI Prohibited Substances Database Now Online

March 29, 2010

The new Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Prohibited Substances Database is now available online. The purpose of this new database is to provide clear guidance on t... Read More


Animal Welfare Council Joins Unwanted Horse Group

March 27, 2010

The Animal Welfare Council (AWC), a non-profit organization with membership compromised of businesses and organizations involved in caring for animals in recreation, entertainment, sport and industry, is the newest member of the Unwanted Horse ... Read More


South Dakota Seeks USDA Horsemeat Inspections

March 26, 2010

Lawmakers in South Dakota have passed a resolution seeking the reinstatement of USDA inspection of horse processing plants. A federal appeals court ceased private-pay funding for horsemeat inspections after states took action to closed horse pr... Read More


New Soring Investigation Procedures Announced by USDA

March 24, 2010

Exhibitors at gaited horse shows will be subject to additional Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance procedures this season under new USDA inspection rules for Horse Industry Organizations.

The USDA requires organizations conducting ... Read More


Unwanted Horses Gain New Supporter

March 20, 2010

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announced their newest member, Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health (ISPAH), one of the country's largest animal health companies.

ISPAH is a global leader in research, development, manufactur... Read More