Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Stubben Steeltec Stirrups Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

August 15, 2007

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Aug. 8 announced a voluntary recall of Stubben Steeltec SEQ Stirrups.

The stirrups are imported by Stubben North America Inc. of Troy, Va. The safety commission reported that hinges on the stirrup... Read More


House Rejects Funding for Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections

August 03, 2007

The U.S. House voted once more to stop spending money on inspections of horse slaughter plants.

The measure, approved late Thursday, was part of a $91 billion spending bill for farm subsidies and nutrition programs.

Two horse... Read More


Language Eliminating Funding for Horse Quarantine, Inspection Nixed from Bill

August 03, 2007

Weeks of lobbying by the horse industry were successful the evening of Aug. 2, when the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove from the Agriculture Appropriations Act language that could have stymied transportation of... Read More


New York Racing Rule Targets

August 01, 2007

New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "Read More


Medication Consortium Gets $300,000 in Contributions

July 27, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) received $100,000 contributions from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the United States Trotting Association, and $50,000 contributions from the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s... Read More


Officials Investigating Horse Deaths Near Dry Lake in Central Nevada

July 26, 2007

According to an Associated Press article on, federal officials have launched an investigation into the deaths of 55 wild horses and an antelope found close to a watering hole on a Central... Read More


Horses Survive Barn Fire

July 22, 2007

A dozen horses inside a barn that caught fire last night in Clifton, Va., have survived.
It was initially feared that some of the animals might have died, but authorities say only one horse suffered a minor... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Preparing to Resume Operations

July 20, 2007

The nation's last horse processing plant in DeKalb can reopen while it challenges a state law that forced it to close twice in the last two months, a federal appeals court ruled.

Operations at the Cavel International Inc. facility had... Read More


Slaughter: U.S. Circuit Court Decision Allows Cavel to Resume Operations

July 19, 2007

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a motion by Cavel International, allowing the plant to temporarily resume horse slaughter operations, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) announced July 18.

In late May... Read More


FEI Drops Vegas World Cup Drug Case Due to Test Problems

July 13, 2007

A doping case was dropped because of procedural problems following a positive test involving a show jumping horse at the Equestrian World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

Air Jordan Z tested positive for a banned drug at the event in April where his... Read More


Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More


Sources: Snake Venom Found in Kentucky Search

July 07, 2007

Word is circulating in Kentucky that cobra venom, a substance used to kill pain, was found by investigators during a June 26 search of trainer Patrick Biancone's barn at Keeneland.

Several sources indicated, and media reports suggested,... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Challenge Dismissed; Appeal Possible

July 06, 2007

The last United States plant that slaughtered horses for human consumption will remain closed after a federal judge July 5 dismissed its challenge to the state law that shut it down.... Read More


New NSAID Equioxx (firocoxib) Approved by USEF

July 02, 2007

The board of directors of the United States Equestrian Federation has approved the use of the new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Equioxx (firocoxib).

This new NSAID is the first cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) sparing drug to be approved by... Read More


Cavel Horse Slaughter Facility to Close, Again

June 29, 2007

A federal judge Thursday refused a request from the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse to remain open, but a legal dispute over a state ban on killing horses for food isn't over.

Cavel International Inc.'s site in DeKalb,... Read More


Drug Test Results Questioned in Kentucky

June 28, 2007

The results of post-race blood tests in five horses that raced at Keeneland or Churchill Downs have raised some red flags in Kentucky.

Trainers Bobby Frankel, Bob Holthus, Mike Maker, Bob Pincins, and Mike Tomlinson were notified by the Read More


Two Plead Guilty in Harness Horse Drugging Case

June 28, 2007

A father and son accused of trying to fix races by injecting harness horses with substances designed to deaden pain or improve performance pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

William Barrack, 68, and his son,... Read More


Horse Slaughter and the Commerce Clause

June 23, 2007

When United States District Judge Frederick Kapala extended a temporary restraining order allowing an Illinois horse slaughterhouse to continue operating through June 28, the decision was characterized by many people as a statement on the... Read More


New York Senate Passes State Horse Slaughter Bill

June 22, 2007

The New York state Senate recently passed legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) noted in a statement. The Senate bill, S01462, was passed by a vote of 60-1. The bill,... Read More


Taking the 'Un' Out of Unwanted Horses

June 20, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition hopes to step up awareness and engage the entire horse industry in its "own responsibly" campaign.

The coalition, made up of industry organizations... Read More


Cavel Restraining Order Expiring; Ruling on Temporary Operation Expected

June 14, 2007

DeKalb, Ill., is home to the last remaining plant in the United States where horses are slaughtered for human consumption. Except for a portion sold to U.S. zoos, the horsemeat is shipped to be eaten by diners overseas.

The state banned such... Read More


Cavel Slaughter Plant Restraining Order: Judge Grants 10 Day Extension

June 14, 2007

A federal judge extended a temporary order allowing an Illinois horse slaughterhouse to remain in operation while it challenges a state law that would force it to close.

Cavel International Inc.'s site in DeKalb, Ill., is the last remaining... Read More


Drug Withdrawal Times Posted on Racing Medication Group Web Site

June 13, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has completed a section of its Web site ( that enables licensed horsemen to look up guidelines for withdrawal times for approximatel... Read More


Foal Control: Herd Managers Tackle Corolla Horse Population

June 09, 2007

Corolla wild horse herd manager Steve Rogers crept to within 10 feet of a black mare grazing in a wax myrtle thicket.

A stallion stood nearby pawing the ground, agitated over the intruder.

Using an air-powered pistol, Rogers fire... Read More


Agreement Will Permit 'Ruffian' Movie to Air

June 07, 2007

An agreement has been reached between Frank Whiteley and Jacinto Vasquez, the respective trainer and jockey of the top racemare Ruffian; the Walt Disney Company ABC; ESPN; and a movie production company over a movie about the filly.

A statemen... Read More