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Horse Rescuers Taking in Record Numbers Amid Drought, Hay Prices

December 30, 2007

A horse rescue agency that operates in North Carolina and two other states has taken in almost double the number of abused and neglected horses it usually accepts each year, and more than half came from North Carolina.

Workers with the... Read More

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National Horsemen's Group Setting Racehorse Steroid Policy

December 28, 2007

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is formulating a position on regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

The National HBPA has affiliates in about 30 jurisdictions, some of which already have adopted rules to... Read More

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Kentucky Moves to Regulate Racehorse Steroids

December 18, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the state, and took the first step toward drafting and adopting the revised model rule offered by the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More

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USDA Proposing Change to Horse Slaughter Transport Regulations

December 17, 2007

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering a change to its regulations concerning the humane transport of horses being shipped to slaughter.

Current special regulations pertaining to slaughter-bound horses only... Read More

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Court OKs Compounding Pharmacy to Sell Controlled Substances to Vets

December 17, 2007

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided Dec. 11 that a veterinary compounding pharmacy does have the right to dispense compounded formulations of controlled substances to veterinarians, overturning an earlier actio... Read More

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Delaware Park Banning Racehorse Steroid Use

December 14, 2007

Efforts by regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region to ban the use of steroids in racehorses continued Dec. 14 with an announcement by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission that the substances would be outlawed when Delaware Park opens for... Read More

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Cavel Planning Supreme Court Slaughter Ban Appeal

December 13, 2007

A company that ran what was the country's last remaining horse-slaughtering plant plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Illinois law that forced the facility to close this fall, a lawyer said.

"We are planning to file a petition... Read More

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BLM Planning to Thin Nevada Wild Horse Herds

December 10, 2007

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced plans to gather and remove nearly 1,000 wild horses from public land in northeastern Nevada, citing insufficient forage caused by drought conditions.

Plans call for the removal of about... Read More

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Horse Talk Radio to Host Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Discussion Dec. 8

December 07, 2007

Horse Talk Radio, a weekly broadcast hosted by Jen Hegeman and broadcast on Park City, Utah's KPCW (91.9 FM), will again examine the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act tomorrow.

Guests on the Dec. 8 show will include: AAEP Past President Robert... Read More

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Animal Welfare Group Blocked from Attending Paris Horse Expo

December 06, 2007

The anti-hippophagy campaign of the France-based Foundation Brigitte Bardot (FBB), a non-profit organization which aims to prevent animal cruelty worldwide,... Read More

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Georgia Woman Offers Reward after Horse Shot to Death

December 05, 2007

A Buford, Ga., woman is offering a $500 reward for information in the shooting death of her 8-year-old Quarter horse.

Mary Lynn Whiten lives on five acres about a mile from the Mall of Georgia. She says she heard at least one gunshot and dogs... Read More

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FEI Initiating Thermographic Exams to Prevent Show Jumper Abuse Technique

November 30, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) recently approved new measures to ensure the legs of high-level jumping horses are not being intentionally sensitized to pain in order to provide a competitive advantage. Beginning in 2008, official... Read More

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Mid-Atlantic Racehorse Steroids Ban Official

November 30, 2007

As expected, states in the Mid-Atlantic region have announced they are working to implement a ban on anabolic steroids in racehorses effective April 1, 2008.

The regulations in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West... Read More

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Research Fund Created in Memory of Quarter Horse Stallion

November 29, 2007

Created by Cecilia May Hylton in honor of her late 1982 sorrel western pleasure stallion, the Flashy Zipper Fund not only honors a great horse, but it also benefits the work of the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

"I was honored to... Read More

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BLM Gathers 850 Horses from Wyoming Land

November 28, 2007

The Bureau of Land Managed gathered about 850 wild horses this month in southwest Wyoming. The agency had wanted to delay the roundups until next year but proceeded after the state protested.

The roundups from the adjacent Little Colorado... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Seeking Facilities to Accept Unwanted Horses

November 23, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) seeks to list facilities that provide specific services for unwanted horses, such as retraining facilities, therapeutic riding groups and police departments, and facilities that accept horses with special needs,... Read More

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Colorado State to Create Chair in Equine Orthopedics

November 19, 2007

Colorado State University has announced a $3 million gift to establish a university chair in equine orthopedics in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The gift is from Abigail K. Kawananakoa of Hawaii; the chair is the... Read More

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Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

November 15, 2007

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

Keeneland and... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Asks Industry to Advocate Responsible Ownership

November 14, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is asking breed registries, equine organizations, state associations and individual horse owners and service providers to spread the word to "Own Responsibly."

That was the message delivered by... Read More

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BLM Corrals Reopen after Salmonella Outbreak

November 14, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reopened its wild horse center in Palomino Valley, Nev., seven weeks after it was shutdown because of a salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak occurred after 983 horses from the Jackson Mountains were... Read More

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Readers Respond: Double-Decker Dilemma

November 13, 2007

More than 2,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you support federal legislation banning equine transport in double-decker trailers for any purpose?"

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Nevada Wild Horse Center to Reopen Nov. 13

November 09, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management will reopen its National Wild Horse and Burro center north of Reno, Nev., on Nov. 13, the agency said Thursday.

The center in Palomino Valley was voluntarily closed to the public on Sept. 26 as a precaution... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Releases New Brochure and Handbook

November 07, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition has released a new informational brochure and handbook.

"We've updated the brochure to reflect the growth the coalition has experienced over the last year," said Tom Lenz, DVM, group chairman. "Th... Read More

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BLM to Offer More than 100 Kiger Mustangs for Sale

November 05, 2007

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it will offer over 100 wild Kiger mustangs for adoption at auction this month.

"With the animals being gathered from the range only every three or four years, this adoption is highly anticipated and... Read More

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Racing Medication Group Refocusing on Drug Testing, Uniformity

October 23, 2007

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

Included as part o... Read More