Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Slaughter Bills Before Montana, North Dakota Governors

April 16, 2009

A bill that would facilitate the development of a private sector horse processing plant in Montana is on its way back to Gov. Brian Schweitzer's desk now that the state's full legislature has rejected his Read More


Montana House Rejects Slaughter Bill Amendments

April 09, 2009

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected gubernatorial amendments to a bill that would facilitate the establishment of privately owned horse processing plants in that state.

In its original form, HB 418 prohibited... Read More


Sheik Voids Race Results After Endurance Horse Tests Positive

April 08, 2009

The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed drug tests after two races.

Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the drugs but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to ligh... Read More


AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More


Vet's Suspension Upheld in Cobra Venom Case

April 08, 2009

A hearing officer has ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission acted properly when it handed a five-year suspension to veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart after cobra venom and other prohibited substances were found in a barn and in his truck... Read More


National Wild Horse Adoption Day Sets Goal of 1,000 Homes

April 06, 2009

Wild horse and humane animal advocacy groups from across the nation are joining forces to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National... Read More


Montana Governor Vetoes Slaughter Bill, Suggests Changes

April 03, 2009

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would encourage the horse processing industry to establish itself in that state on grounds that it insulates the industry from future legal challenges.

HB 418 prohibits Montana... Read More


Bankruptcy: Can I Keep My Horse?

April 02, 2009

What happens to the horses if their owner declares bankruptcy? ... Read More


Court of Arbitration Upholds Olympic Substance Decision

April 02, 2009

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal requesting enhanced sanctions against Olympic equestrian Christian Ahlmann.

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal suspended and fined Ahlmann after his horse,... Read More


Illinois House Rejects Horse Slaughter Bill

April 02, 2009

Legislation to reinstate the horse slaughter industry in Illinois failed to pass that state's House of Representatives on Wednesday because the measure did not earn the 60 votes necessary for passage.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sacia, Read More


Michigan Bans Racehorse Steroids

April 01, 2009

Michigan Horse Racing Commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel trac... Read More


Florida Poachers Target Horses

March 31, 2009

On Feb. 27 Ivonne Rodriguez's Paint horse, Geronimo, went missing from his Miami, Fla., pasture. Rodriguez immediately filed a police report and canvassed the neighborhood for information about her horse. Six days later, Miami-Dade... Read More


Senate Bill Tackles Horse Slaughter Issue

March 27, 2009

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced Read More


Montana, North Dakota Horse Slaughter Bills Advance

March 26, 2009

Legislation to establish privately owned horse processing plants in the United States advanced this week in two Western states.

On March 24, the North Dakota State Senate approved Read More


USDA Coordinator Pledges Soring Law Enforcement

March 23, 2009

Exhibitors at this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and other gaited horse shows can expect USDA inspectors to vigorously enforce Horse Protection Act rules against soring, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection... Read More


Update on State Slaughter Resolutions; Idaho Joins Debate

March 12, 2009

Idaho has joined the list of states pondering legislation aimed at maintaining control of equine transport and re-establishing the horse processing industry in the United States.

Introduced into Idaho's House State Affairs... Read More


Auction Operator Fined for Equine Transport Law Violations

March 10, 2009

The USDA is seeking $162,800 in fines from an Ohio livestock auctioneer and shipper for violating the Commercial Transport of Equines for Slaughter Act, which regulates treatment of slaughter-bound horses. At issue is the shipment of 1,345... Read More


BLM Declines Wild Horse Refuge Offer

March 04, 2009

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have declined Madeleine Pickens' proposal to create a refuge for as many as 30,000 wild horses on grounds that the plan is not viable under current federal law.... Read More


USEF Drug and Medication Group Clarifies Liniment Status

March 03, 2009

Recently, there have been some questions directed to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Program related to the use of liniments. The specific liniments in question are:

Equi-Block Liniments by... Read More


BLM Horses: What's Their Future?

March 01, 2009

What are the problems with managing BLM horses, and what solutions are agencies and advocates presenting?

In October 2008 wild horse protection advocates, scientists, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director... Read More


Montana House Backs Slaughter Bill

February 26, 2009

The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill Feb. 24 that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the United States (Read More


Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Soring Bill

February 25, 2009

Trainers and owners who cause injury to horses' feet or legs to achieve an exaggerated gait will face stiff penalties in Kentucky if a bill introduced into the state senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee becomes law. Sponsored... Read More


Equine Advocates Brainstorm Ideas to Help Unwanted Horses

February 24, 2009

Expanding options for cash-strapped horse owners is key to reducing the number of unwanted horses in the United States, according to a group of equine welfare advocates who brainstormed the issue during a Feb. 18 meeting at the University of... Read More


Medication Thresholds

February 23, 2009

A drug's withdrawal time indicates a suggested timeline by which the last dose can be administered before an event to avoid blood or urine test levels that exceed the allowable regulatory threshold. Using these thresholds encourages standardization... Read More


List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

February 19, 2009

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal... Read More