Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Auction Operator Fined for Equine Transport Law Violations

March 10, 2009

The USDA is seeking $162,800 in fines from an Ohio livestock auctioneer and shipper for violating the Commercial Transport of Equines for Slaughter Act, which regulates treatment of slaughter-bound horses. At issue is the shipment of 1,345... Read More

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BLM Declines Wild Horse Refuge Offer

March 04, 2009

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have declined Madeleine Pickens' proposal to create a refuge for as many as 30,000 wild horses on grounds that the plan is not viable under current federal law.... Read More

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USEF Drug and Medication Group Clarifies Liniment Status

March 03, 2009

Recently, there have been some questions directed to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Program related to the use of liniments. The specific liniments in question are:

Equi-Block Liniments by... Read More

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BLM Horses: What's Their Future?

March 01, 2009

What are the problems with managing BLM horses, and what solutions are agencies and advocates presenting?

In October 2008 wild horse protection advocates, scientists, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director... Read More

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Montana House Backs Slaughter Bill

February 26, 2009

The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill Feb. 24 that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the United States (Read More

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Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Soring Bill

February 25, 2009

Trainers and owners who cause injury to horses' feet or legs to achieve an exaggerated gait will face stiff penalties in Kentucky if a bill introduced into the state senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee becomes law. Sponsored... Read More

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Equine Advocates Brainstorm Ideas to Help Unwanted Horses

February 24, 2009

Expanding options for cash-strapped horse owners is key to reducing the number of unwanted horses in the United States, according to a group of equine welfare advocates who brainstormed the issue during a Feb. 18 meeting at the University of... Read More

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Medication Thresholds

February 23, 2009

A drug's withdrawal time indicates a suggested timeline by which the last dose can be administered before an event to avoid blood or urine test levels that exceed the allowable regulatory threshold. Using these thresholds encourages standardization... Read More

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List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

February 19, 2009

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal... Read More

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Medication in Racing and Performance Horses

February 15, 2009

Medication issues in equine competitions might have reached their highest level of public focus in 2008 due to high-profile situations such as Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's steroid regimen and the disqualification of several Olympic horses for... Read More

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House Committee Gets New Mustang Bill

February 13, 2009

Wild horses and burros could get more room to roam under a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Thursday by Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the... Read More

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Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

February 12, 2009

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma.

The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas,... Read More

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Montana Lawmakers Ponder Slaughter Plant Legislation

February 12, 2009

Legislators in Montana are considering a proposed measure to encourage private investor horse slaughter plant development in that state. The bill's author says the measure is intended to both create jobs in Montana, and address the state's... Read More

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States Ask to Retain Control of Equine Transport, Slaughter

February 12, 2009

Lawmakers in two Western states have sponsored resolutions urging Congress to let state legislators make up their own minds about horse slaughter issues within their lines. Wyoming's House Joint Resolution (HJR 8) and Utah's House Joint... Read More

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Mustang Training Competitions, Adoptions Coming in April

February 10, 2009

The Extreme Mustang Makeover, a competition featuring mustangs, will debut at Lynn Palm's Women LUV Horses event April 3-5 and will return to the Midwest Horse Fair for the second consecutive year April 17-19.

The Midwest Extreme Mustang... Read More

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AQHA Executive Vice President Stepping Down in March

February 10, 2009

The registration of more than 2 million of the now more than 5 million horses in the American Quarter Horse Association registry and a growth in membership numbers from 276,500 to more than 350,000 are examples of the success of the customer... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Offers Speakers for Equine Events

February 09, 2009

The Unwanted Horse Coalition's (UHC) National Speaker Program is up and running. The UHC has volunteers across the country who might be able to attend your equine group's event in order to present information from the Coalition. Any... Read More

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Updates from the Olympic Drug Cases

February 03, 2009

A Norwegian jumper's positive doping test for capsaicin proved hotter than rider Tony Andre Hansen could handle: It caused him and mount Camiro to be disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games, thereby stripping Norway of its team bronze... Read More

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Illinois Track Implements Welfare Plan

January 28, 2009

To make its position on horse slaughter clear, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers linked to that industry. The track has also created an adoption program for Fairmount... Read More

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Weather, Economy Hit Utah Mustang Sale

January 26, 2009

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official credited wintry weather and the high costs of horsekeeping for lackluster results at a Jan. 24 Wild Horse and Burro sale in Delta, Utah. Of the 320 Spanish Mustangs offered from Utah's Sulphur Herd... Read More

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Hoof Summit Offers Education for Horse Owners, Vets, and Techs

January 24, 2009

Featuring in-depth sessions on all aspects of equine footcare, the 6th annual International Hoof-Care Summit offers 76 hours of continuing education opportunities.

Being held from Feb. 3-6, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio, this sixth annual... Read More

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Houston Track Still Cleaning Up from Hurricane Ike

January 20, 2009

Sam Houston Race Park will begin repairs to the roof of its grandstand, as well as additional construction to rebuild portions of the stable and track areas, weather permitting beginning Jan. 22.

As a result of Hurricane Ike, Sam Houston wa... Read More

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Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

January 18, 2009

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation... Read More

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UK Microchip Exemption Sought for Semiferal Foals

January 16, 2009

Some equine advocates in the United Kingdom want the government to exempt semi-feral foals from proposed mandatory microchipping regulations until they leave public lands because compliance is too costly for the foals' owners.... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

January 16, 2009

New legislation aimed at stemming the export of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Jan. 14. Sponsored by Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) and... Read More