Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

May 28, 2009

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory... Read More

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Castration Clinics Snip Away at Unwanted Horse Population

May 27, 2009

Equine groups across the country are attempting to reduce the number of unwanted horses at the source, through subsidized castration clinics aimed to reduce the number of foals hitting the ground.

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National Wild Horse Adoption Day Launches Web Site

May 26, 2009

The National Wild Horse Adoption Day Web site is now live. Located at nationalwildhorseadoptionday.org or Read More

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New Charges Against Nebraska Mustang Ranch Operator

May 21, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros now faces more than 140 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals seized from his... Read More

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Florida Horse Poaching Continues

May 14, 2009

Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.

The case is th... Read More

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Colorado Vets Polled on Unwanted Horse, Euthanasia Issues

May 13, 2009

Although anecdotes suggest the number of unwanted horses is growing, there is very little data that measures the magnitude of the problem or how extensively the various options to address the issue are being implemented.

To get a better... Read More

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BLM Seeks Bids for New Pasture Facilities

May 12, 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities located in the continental United States.

One solicitation is for pasture facilities to hold 200 to 1,000 wild horses; the other is for facilities... Read More

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Veterinary Relief Campaign Provides Vaccines to Unwanted Horses

May 09, 2009

Veterinarians and equine rescue and retirement facilities are teaming up to help rehabilitate, revitalize and, ultimately, find new homes for America's unwanted horses through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC). Although the... Read More

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Pennsylvania Racing to Regulate Corticosteroids

May 07, 2009

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has adopted a policy whereby administration of corticosteroids in horses must be stopped seven days prior race day.

The regulation takes effect June 1, according to a policy directive signed May 4.... Read More

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3-Strikes Mustang Adoptions Ongoing

May 07, 2009

More than 70 of the allegedly neglected horses and burros found at a Morrill County, Neb., ranch have found new homes through Habitat for Horses, a Texas-based equine protection organization. Placement efforts are continuing for the more than 50... Read More

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Montana Slaughter Law Could Face Challenges

May 06, 2009

A new Montana state law invites private investors to develop horse slaughter facilities in that state. But opponents say compliance and court challenges might discourage prospective investors from ever breaking ground on plant projects.

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Montana Horse Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

May 04, 2009

A measure promoting privately-owned horse processing plant development in Montana became law on Friday when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the bill to lapse into law.

HB 418 insulates prospective plant developers from permit and... Read More

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Rescued Mustangs Available for Adoption

May 04, 2009

More than 200 BLM mustangs removed last month from a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary are gaining strength and are now available for adoption to qualified new owners.

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Anabolic Steroid Testing in a Racing Environment

May 03, 2009

While steroid enhancement of performance is debatable, the public has the perception that it might affect performance in horses. In evidence-based analysis on purported effects of anabolic steroids, there are no documented studies that correspond to ... Read More

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Equine Joint Health Management Program Launched

May 02, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) has announced the formation of the equine Joint Health Management (JHM) program, an education program for veterinarians and horse owners designed to prevent and treat equine joint... Read More

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Polo Association to Develop Prohibited Substance Policy

April 30, 2009

During its semi-annual Board of Governors meeting April 25, the United States Polo Association (USPA) voted to establish a committee to examine existing and additional safeguards for polo horses, including developing a prohibited substance... Read More

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BLM Cites Co-Owner of Nebraska Mustang Ranch

April 30, 2009

The co-owner of a Nebraska training ranch from which 211 BLM mustangs and burros were recently removed faces federal charges for the alleged maltreatment of a mustang adopted in her name.

On April 16, the BLM cited Anissa Meduna, co... Read More

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BLM to Offer Cash Incentives for Wild Horse Adoptions

April 30, 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hoping cash incentives will boost adoptions of wild horses and burros that would otherwise spend their lives in long-term holding facilities.

Under a pilot program slated to debut at an... Read More

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Mustang Bill Heads to House

April 29, 2009

A bill prohibiting the euthanasia of healthy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses took a step toward becoming law on Wednesday when members of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee approved the measure by a... Read More

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BLM Could Seek Charges against Mustang Ranch Operator

April 27, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs could face further penalties if the BLM decides to seek its own charges in the case.

Morrill County authorities charged Jason Meduna... Read More

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Steroid Test Identifies Hermaphroditic Filly

April 24, 2009

Year-and-a-half-old testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses produced some unusual results--including the discovery of a Standardbred filly that's actually a male.

In Pennsylvania, tests showed a high elevation of testosterone in Arizona... Read More

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Mustang Ranch Operator Surrenders Animals

April 22, 2009

The owner of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros has surrendered more than 200 animals to two equine rescue agencies.

On Tuesday, Jason Meduna, operator of... Read More

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Nebraska Mustang Trainer Arrested for Cruelty

April 20, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals.

On Saturday, Morrill County... Read More

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Arkansas Slaughter Resolution Goes to Governor

April 20, 2009

A resolution instructing Arkansas' Congressional delegation to vote against a bill that would prohibit the export of horses to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada is now before that state's governor for his signature.

HCR 1004 wa... Read More

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Mustang Trainer Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

April 20, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is free on $20,000 bond after being charged with one count of Class 4 felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of... Read More