Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


BLM, Wild Horse Advocates to Discuss Walker Lake Mustang Management Plan

November 04, 2010

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Army and wild horse advocates will meet in Nevada to discuss ways to manage 104 mustangs residing south of Walker Lake on the Hawthorne Army Depot.... Read More


IPhone App Details FEI Prohibited Medications

November 03, 2010

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Tuesday that it has launched a mobile phone application which gives those involved in horse sport quick and easy access to crucial information on prohibited substances.... Read More


Troxel Receives 2010 Partnership in Safety Award

November 02, 2010

Troxel LLC, manufacturer of ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmets, has been recognized for the 2010 Partnership in Safety Award from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). The Partnership in Safety Award is given annually to a... Read More


Border Patrol Impounds Horses

October 26, 2010

Six horses are in USDA/Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS) custody after U.S. Border Patrol agents impounded them from a pair of alleged smugglers near the California-Mexico border. ... Read More


Racing Consortium Makes Drug Withdrawal Time Recommendations

October 21, 2010

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board of directors has recommended withdrawal guidelines and plasma thresholds for a bronchodilator, a muscle relaxant, and four anabolic steroids. According to a release from RMTC, the sc... Read More


WEG: All Horses Tested Negative for Prohibited Substances

October 15, 2010

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Oct. 15 that all blood and urine samples taken from horses competing at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were negative for all prohibited substances. ... Read More


Castration Clinics Address Unwanted Horse Issues

October 13, 2010

When Alison LaCarrubba, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's equine ambulatory section, learned the Unwanted Horse Coalition would lend financial support to establish a castration... Read More


Suit Seeks Halt to Colorado BLM Mustang Gather

October 11, 2010

A group of wild horse advocates has asked a federal judge to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from carrying out a scheduled mustang gather in Colorado on grounds that the roundup violates federal regulations. The agency plans... Read More


Unwanted Horses: Rescue and Sanctuary Organizations Unable to Keep Up

October 07, 2010

Each year there are about 100,000 unwanted horses in the United States, too many for the registered equine rescue and sanctuary groups to handle, according to a recent survey by researchers at the University of California, Davis. They found that th... Read More


Commentary: Give Bute the Boot

October 06, 2010

Without question, Bute and other NASAIDs help horses in training. But do we really need them on race day? Most vets will say it's better to give a horse time off rather than medication.... Read More


Study: Horse's Stress Levels Increase During Events

October 05, 2010

Horses might experience increased stress during equestrian events and competitions, but that stress appears relatively mild and might even be beneficial according to new research by Austrian, German, and French equitation scientists.... Read More


Walking The Line (Our Appropriate--or Inappropriate--Use of The Horse)

October 01, 2010

Both science and society have a role in deciding what constitutes an appropriate level of animal welfare and the appropriate use of the horse. While science can determine what type or degree of animal welfare risk exists under specific circumstances... Read More


New Motion Seeks Halt to BLM Activities

September 27, 2010

A wild horse advocate is asking a federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management from rounding-up animals anywhere gathers are planned. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 24, Laura Leigh asked the c... Read More


Fair Play: World Equestrian Games

September 26, 2010

For decades the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has governed major international equestrian events with the objective of keeping the sport fair and drug-free--an initiative the FEI refers to as "Clean Sport." Recently, however, the FEI... Read More


Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course

September 23, 2010

"Things are Changing," is the title of an exciting horse owners' two-day short course being offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension offices in Mifflin and Juniata Counties and the Penn State Extension Equine Natural Working Gr... Read More


Upset Lingers Over Proposed Bute Regulation in Horse Racing

September 22, 2010

The largest horsemen's group in the country continues to call for the racing industry to perform thorough research before it continues with its plan to lower the testing threshold for phenylbutazone, a commonly used non-steroidal anti-infla... Read More


Utah Fire Forces Horse Evacuations

September 21, 2010

More than 80 horses are residing at a Salt Lake County, Utah, equestrian center after a wild fire forced them from their homes this past weekend. The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon when a training exercise at Camp Williams, a ... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: World Equestrian Games Horse Care Recording Now Available

September 18, 2010's Ask the Vet LIVE session on World Equestrian Games Horse Care, held on Sept. 8, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on transportation of World Equestrian Games equine athletes, nutrition, pain management, and ... Read More


FEI Releases Updated Elective Testing List

September 17, 2010

In the final countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the FEI has published an updated version of the FEI Elective Testing List. Elective Testing allows Team Veterinarians to submit urine from FEI-registered competition horses to an... Read More


Out-of-Competition Testing Set to Begin in Kentucky

September 16, 2010

Regulators in Kentucky are planning to begin out-of-competition testing within the next seven to 10 days after Gov. Steve Beshear signed the new regulation to take effect on an emergency basis.

Acting on a request from the Kentucky Horse Racing... Read More


FEI Debates Use of NSAIDs in Competing Horses

September 14, 2010

The most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in equine medicine are relatively safe, effective, and short-lived at low doses, but their use could mask lameness or other ailments in competing horses, according to interna... Read More


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


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


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


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