Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Revised Understanding Equine Hoof Care Book Available

January 13, 2010

New material about hoof maintenance, shoes and boots, and diagnostics has been added to the revised edition of Heather Smith Thomas' Understanding Equine Hoof Care, Read More


Nebraska Mustang Ranch Trial Starts

January 11, 2010

The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs went on trial in Morrill County District Court today for allegedly maltreating more than 100 animals.

Last April Morrill County law enforce... Read More


Soring Rule Violators Listed Online

January 08, 2010

A Web site listing more than 8,700 Horse Protection Act violators who have received suspensions from 1986 to the present has been launched by Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH). See the Web site.... Read More


Unwanted Horse Best Practices Book Available

January 07, 2010

The Unwanted Horse Coalition has published a handbook entitled Best Practices: How Your Organization Can Help Unwanted Horses. The handbook includes sections on administration, continuing education, fundraising, support of equine care fa... Read More


New York Uncorks New Racehorse Drug Testing Rules

December 31, 2009

New York racing authorities are authorized to conduct unannounced drug testing of horses that are expected to compete at tracks in the state even when they are stabled at farms away from those tracks under rules going into effect Jan. 1.

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Judge Allows Mustang Gather

December 28, 2009

On Monday, the controversial gather of about 2,700 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs from the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Complex in Nevada will begin as planned after a federal judge declined to stop the roundup.

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Nevada Wildlife Agency Backs BLM Round-Up

December 21, 2009

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is supporting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in a court battle over the planned Dec. 28 removal of about 2,700 wild mustangs from the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area to long-term holding facil... Read More


Kentucky Unwanted Horses Addressed in New Report

December 18, 2009

The number of Kentucky horses abandoned by their owners rose through 2009, according to a report released by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) this week. County officials, rescue operators, and KHC members provided data for the report, which com... Read More


Federal Court Asked to Halt Mustang Gather

December 16, 2009

Animal advocates have asked a federal court judge to halt a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to remove about 2,700 mustangs from a range in northwest Nevada on grounds that the gather violates federal law.

On Wednesday, a lawyer ... Read More


BLM Investigates Mustang Deaths

December 14, 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating the deaths of six wild mustangs. Agency helicopter pilots found the animals' carcasses earlier this month during a scheduled round-up of mustangs from a remote area along the Nevada-Calif... Read More


New AQHA Drug Testing and Welfare Initiatives Announced

December 14, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is implementing a drug testing and show processing fee that will go into effect January 1, 2010. Starting with shows in January, show management will begin collecting a $5 per horse per show fee tha... Read More


NYRA Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy

December 13, 2009

The New York Racing Association has a new anti-slaughter policy, which states that any horse owner or trainer stabled at a NYRA track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked.... Read More


Drug Uniformity Remains Somewhat Elusive

December 11, 2009

Although studies have been completed to determine threshold levels for almost 20 therapeutic medications, it doesn't mean the industry will know for certain whether the drugs can impact equine performance. And it remains to be seen whether ... Read More


Controlling Wild Horse Populations Via Immunocontraception

December 09, 2009

Immunocontraception is a technique that uses the body's own immune system to prevent pregnancy.

"For almost four decades we have known that antibodies against the membrane of a mammal's unfertilized egg can be used to... Read More


Norwegian Rider Disqualified from Beijing Olympics

December 08, 2009

Norwegian equestrian Tony Andre Hansen and his 2008 Olympic mount, Camiro, have been definitively disqualified from the Beijing Olympics for a medication offense. The disqualification followed an appeals commission decision handed down Dec. 4.<... Read More


Horse Trainers Needed for $100K Mustang Event

December 03, 2009

The Mustang Heritage Foundation has upped the ante, offering a $100,000 guaranteed Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.

This event will allow trainers to choose their horses and adopt them prior to the competition.... Read More


Kentucky Changes Racehorse Drug Testing Procedures

December 02, 2009

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved new procedures that regulators say will streamline and reduce the cost of equine drug testing in the state by as much as 25-30%.

Under the new procedures, approved unanimously by th... Read More


FEI to Delay New Medication Rules

December 01, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has passed a resolution delaying implementation of the new Equine Prohibited Substances List and the accompanying Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations... Read More


Vets Object to New FEI Drug Guidelines, FEI Responds

November 30, 2009

On Nov. 19 the General Assembly of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) approved new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations as well as a new list of prohibited substances. The passed regulations... Read More


USEF Issues Statement on FEI Drug Guidelines

November 30, 2009

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) today issued a statement on new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations passed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) General Assembly Nov. 19. The passed... Read More


Mare and Foal Thriving After Nebraska Ranch Rescue

November 26, 2009

A mustang mare believed to be around 38 years old is thriving, and has delivered a healthy filly since authorities removed her and 209 other horses from the 3-Strikes... Read More


Nevada Wild Horse Gather Postponed by BLM

November 25, 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed its planned removal of more than 2,000 wild horses from the Calico Complex Herd Management Area in northwest Nevada pending a review of public comments on the roundup.

Beginning Dec... Read More


Lawsuit to Halt Nevada BLM Horse Gather Filed

November 24, 2009

Animal welfare advocates are asking a federal court to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from gathering wild mustangs from a Nevada range on grounds that the roundup endangers the animals' lives and violates the Wild Free-Roamin... Read More


FEI Takes Steps on Equine Welfare, Doping Issues

November 23, 2009

In the wake of the hyperflexion controversy sparked by viral video of an international dressage competitor's horse, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More


Move Planned for New York Drug-Testing Lab

November 21, 2009

After nearly four decades, New York’s Cornell University is moving to close its world-famous equine drug-testing laboratory. An equine science program at a state university 70 miles up the road is eagerly willing to take over, and... Read More