Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Federal Ban on Equine Transport via Double-Decker Introduced

July 18, 2008

The use of double-decker trailers to transport horses for any purpose would be banned nationwide if a new bill recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. But some equine welfare advocates say the bill is flawed.... Read More

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Racehorse Anabolic Steroid Ban Recommended in Kentucky

July 17, 2008

A subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has unanimously recommended that anabolic steroids be banned in horse racing in the state.

"The use of anabolic androgenic steroids shall be banned in horses competing in pari-mutuel... Read More

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Understanding the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program

July 17, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USEF is responsible for enforcing the rules of 27 breeds and disciplines. Formerly this... Read More

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American Horse Council Offers 2008 Federal Election Guide

July 13, 2008

The American Horse Council (AHC) has released Getting Involved in the 2008 Elections, a federal election guide for the horse industry.

The guide stemmed from the July program at the AHC's National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

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AHC Offers 2008 Federal Election Guide

July 11, 2008

The American Horse Council has released "Getting Involved in the 2008 Elections," a federal election guide for the horse industry.

The guide stemmed from the July program at the AHC's National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C., explaining ho... Read More

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Readers Respond: Herd Management

July 09, 2008

More than 2,700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Should wild horses be euthanized to help control their population growth in the Western United States?"

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Kentucky Racing Panel Reorganized Again

July 04, 2008

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order July 3 reorganizing and renaming the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA), which is now the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).

Several of the "new" members already... Read More

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Wild Horses: Euthanasia, Changes to Adoption Policy Considered

July 03, 2008

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, wasn't happy when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it might consider euthanasia as a means to manage wild horse herds, but she wasn't surprised, either.... Read More

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Racetrack Enacts Zero-Tolerance Slaughter Policy

July 03, 2008

Sending racehorses to slaughter will not be tolerated at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston. Track management will now deny trainers stalls if they sell a horse for slaughter. This latest move bolsters other efforts underway to protect... Read More

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Wild Horse Population: Government Considering Euthanasia

July 01, 2008

Federal officials are considering euthanizing wild horses to deal with the growing population on the range and in holding facilities, authorities said Monday.

Wild horses have overpopulated public lands and the U.S. Bureau of Land Managemen... Read More

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Dutrow Responds to Suspension Relating to Clenbuterol

June 28, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. addressed the media at his own request June 27 outside his Aqueduct barn to set the record straight on his 15-day ban in Kentucky for an overage of the bronchodilator clenbuterol in Salute the Count, the runner-up of the... Read More

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Transcript: Talkin' Horses with Welfare Advocate Alex Brown

June 27, 2008

Alex Brown has worked in horseracing on-and-off in North America for 20 years. He spent most of this time at the Fair Hill Training Center. Alex also runs alexbrownracing.com, a site that... Read More

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Big Brown's Trainer Faces Clenbuterol Positive

June 25, 2008

A horse trained by Rick Dutrow tested positive for twice the allowable level of the bronchodilator clenbuterol, which helps burn fat and promote muscle growth, the New York Times reported June 25.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority... Read More

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Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Equine Transport Measure

June 24, 2008

The Rhode Island General Assembly has passed legislation to ban the use of double-decker trucks to transport horses in the state. Sen. Dominick Ruggerio, D-Providence, and Rep. Amy Rice, D-Portsmouth, introduced the legislation in response to an... Read More

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Big Brown's Owners Adopt No-Drug Policy

June 23, 2008

International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) Stables--the partnership that races Big Brown--has taken the first bold step in securing a no-drug policy in racing by announcing Monday that all its horses starting Oct. 1 will race without any... Read More

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Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

June 19, 2008

As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

On June 18, the... Read More

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USDA, Horse Council Hold Unwanted Horses Forum

June 19, 2008

It tends to get lost in the shuffle because it's not as sexy as anabolic steroids, race-fixing, or catastrophic breakdowns from a media perspective. But talk to people who work in the horse industry every day, and they'll tell you the issue of... Read More

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Ban on Racehorse Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

June 18, 2008

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced June 17 that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in... Read More

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Bramlage, Chairman Explain Racehorse Safety Recommendations

June 18, 2008

Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Continues Racehorse Steroid Study

June 17, 2008

A committee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council is continuing to gather information on anabolic steroids and is not yet ready to make a recommendation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Jim Smith, DVM, who chairs the committee,... Read More

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Supreme Court Horse Slaughter Decision: What Does This Mean?

June 17, 2008

The Supreme Court of the United States on June 16 denied certiorari in Cavel International, Inc. v. Madigan (No. 07-962), leaving in place a decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ban on slaughter of horses for human... Read More

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Court Rejects Appeal to Illinois Horse Slaughter Ban

June 16, 2008

The Supreme Court has declined an appeal from the owners of a horse slaughtering plant who challenged an Illinois law prohibiting the killing of horses for human consumption.

Cavel International Inc. closed its plant in DeKalb, Ill., last... Read More

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HSUS Opening Oregon Horse Sanctuary and Rescue Facility

June 10, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will open a new 1,120-acre horse sanctuary and rescue facility in Douglas County, Ore. This will be the organization's fourth major animal care facility.

The new Duchess Sanctuary is made... Read More

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Big Brown Continues Triple Crown Quest

June 05, 2008

Big Brown hit the Belmont Park track early June 5 with a morning jog around the sloppy and sealed main track about 5:45 EDT. With Michelle Nevin aboard, the colt traveled through the paddock, out of the tunnel, and onto the main track.

Nevi... Read More

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Big Brown's Hoof Patch on Hold Until Friday

June 03, 2008

Big Brown's cracked left front hoof is improving with each passing day, so trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is waiting until Friday to have a patch applied.

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay suggested putting the patch on Saturday, the morning of the Belmon... Read More