Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Readers and Their Horses Get Into the Holiday Spirit

December 21, 2010

Exactly 740 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What are your horse's favorite holiday treats?"... Read More


DOI Audit: Mustang Gathers Necessary

December 17, 2010

Roundups are necessary for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to control population growth among wild horse herds, according to a report by the Department of the Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In the report issued on Dec. 13 the ... Read More


HFL Sport Science Laboratory Opens in Kentucky

December 16, 2010

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear joined community leaders and executives of HFL Sport Science on Dec. 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new laboratory in Lexington, Ky. The facility will provide drug surveillance, doping control, and ... Read More


New Mexico Wild Horse Sanctuary Plan Stalled

December 16, 2010

A plan to develop the country's first state-owned wild horse sanctuary was stalled yesterday when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced that revenue set aside to develop the sanctuary would instead be used to offset cuts in state services and... Read More


Report Reviews BLM Gather Conduct

December 08, 2010

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang handling procedures during three roundups this past summer were professional and appropriate, according to independent equine specialists who observed the gathers. The observers' findings were publish... Read More


Reward Offered for Information About Idaho Mustang Shootings

December 06, 2010

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two mustangs in Idaho.... Read More


Chicago Reviewing Change To Carriage Horse Laws

December 02, 2010

Chicago's regulations governing horse carriage operation are currently under review, with a public comment period extending to Dec. 8.

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Horse Racing: Kentucky Out-of-Competition Regulation to be Permanent

December 01, 2010

An out-of-competition testing regulation that was put into effect in Kentucky prior to the Breeders' Cup World Championships will soon become permanent. During a meeting on Nov. 30, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's rules committee made ...... Read More


FEI Prohibited Substance App Now Available for Android Phones

November 29, 2010

Three weeks after launching its iPhone application for the Equine Prohibited Substances list, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced that the app is now available on Android smartphones.... Read More


Kentucky Veterinarians Curb Unwanted Horse Population

November 17, 2010

On December 4, the Kentucky Horse Park, along with the Kentucky Horse Council and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, will offer free gelding surgeries for horse owners who cannot afford to have the surgery performed on their stallions.... Read More


FEI General Assembly: NSAID Use Definitively Prohibited

November 16, 2010

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in international equestrian competition is definitively prohibited, following a unanimous vote by the members of the Federation Equestre Internationale during their General Assembly meeting.... Read More


Remember Fallen Horses on Veterans' Day

November 11, 2010

This Veterans Day, spare a few extra seconds to remember the countless number of horses that lost their lives in combat alongside the brave men and women who served their nations.... Read More


Nevada Pair Sentenced in Mustang Shooting Case

November 05, 2010

Two Nevada men will each serve six months in federal prison and one year of probation in connection with the November 2009 shooting deaths of five Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs.... Read More


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