Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Kentucky, Ohio Employ Upgraded Blood-Doping Tests

September 08, 2006

Kentucky has performed random testing for blood-doping antibodies in racehorses of all breeds for more than a year, but now it's testing for the actual proteins, a process that could put more teeth in penalties.

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Therapeutic Drug Research, Necropsies Recommended by Racing Group

September 07, 2006

A subcommittee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended going forward with two studies--one that could lead to establishment of withdrawal times or threshold levels for therapeutic medications and one analyzing the medication... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Bill Passed by House

September 07, 2006

A bill to end horse slaughter for human consumption passed the U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 7 with a final vote of 263-146. Two amendments to alter the bill both failed to pass.

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Horse Slaughter Bill Nears Vote

September 06, 2006

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Sept. 7 on a bill that would end horse slaughter for human consumption. With the vote drawing near, those on both sides of the issue have been trying to garner last-minute support.

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U.S. Administration Announces It Opposes Slaughter Bill

September 06, 2006

The USDA's Office of the Secretary sent the following letter to the House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture today listing the reasons why it opposes H.R. 503.

United States Department of Agriculture
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Canadian Horse Welfare

September 01, 2006

The horse industry across Canada for the past couple of years has been a bit like a ship in stormy seas. It has been buffeted about, with some of the waves splashing over to its neighbor to the south, but it is now finding itself in calmer... Read More

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Shipping and Disease: EVA

September 01, 2006

One of the major problems with EVA is how easily it can be transferred from one horse to another. Of course there is the respiratory route, where nasal secretions spread the virus from horse to horse through a barn or training stable.... Read More

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House Subcommittees Hear Slaughter Bill

September 01, 2006

In late July, two House subcommittees heard testimonies from horse industry leaders on H.R. 503, a bill to ban horse slaughter. On July 27, Agricultural Subcommittee members voted 37-3 to send the bill to the House floor and strongly recommended... Read More

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Soring Controversy Delays Walking Horse Show

August 30, 2006

News Channel 5 in Nashville, Tenn., reported on Saturday (Aug. 26) the postponement of the 68th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration due to a soring controversy. The trainers' association suspended the celebration after federal inspectors... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

August 27, 2006

The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.

Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of... Read More

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Surgeries and Steroids

August 22, 2006

A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.

In fact, 28.4%... Read More

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Calif. Owner to Sue Trainer Over Drug Positive

August 18, 2006

In a lawsuit that is believed to be unprecedented, the owner of a horse disqualified for a drug positive is suing his trainer for the redistributed purse money.

Los Angeles-based attorney Alan Klein, whose Ellenay Racing owned Dyna Da... Read More

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Equine VS Case Confirmed in Wyoming

August 17, 2006

The Wyoming State Veterinary Lab has verified that the country's first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) for 2006 has been confirmed in a Natrona County horse. The following was released by USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection... Read More

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Definitive EPO Blood-Doping Test Developed

August 10, 2006

Edited press release

A Pennsylvania laboratory is the first to employ a definitive test for erythropoietin--the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO--and the test resulted in the suspension and fining of a trainer of... Read More

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Ag Committee Sends Horse Bill to the Floor Unfavorably

August 03, 2006

House Agriculture Committee Official Statement on H.R. 503

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Folded Into American Horse Council

August 01, 2006

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started with an Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council’s (AHC) annual convention in April 2005, is being folded into the AHC.

"The issue of 'unwanted horses' has faced this industry... Read More

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HBPA to Emirates: Reconsider Position on Brass Hat Disqualification

August 01, 2006

The board of directors of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has sent Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mansour, chairman of the Emirates Racing Association, an... Read More

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Agriculture Subcommittee Strongly Disapproves of Slaughter Bill

July 27, 2006

The House Agricultural Subcommittee listened to testimonies from a panel of horse industry and veterinary leaders yesterday (July 27) concerning an amendment (H.R. 503) to the Horse Protection Act. After listening to a lengthy discussion, member... Read More

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Federal Hearing on Horse Slaughter Draws Large Crowd

July 26, 2006

A legislative hearing Tuesday by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection concerning the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act drew a large crowd, causing the hearing to be moved after opening... Read More

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House Subcommittee to Hear Horse Slaughter Amendment

July 21, 2006

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) at 2 p.m. on July 25, according to the subcommittee's web site.

H.R. 503 is an... Read More

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New Director for USEF Equine Drug Testing and Research Laboratory

July 18, 2006

Thomas F. Lomangino of Laurel, Maryland has been named a... Read More

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California Using 'Milkshake' Blood Tests to Track Trends

July 17, 2006

California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.

California takes blood from all... Read More

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Slaughter Legislation Could Be Put To Vote

July 05, 2006

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act could be put to a vote when Congress returns July 10 from its Fourth of July recess. Before the break, Capitol Hill was the scene of intense lobbying from those on both sides of the issue.... Read More

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Care for Adopted Wild Horses and Burros

July 01, 2006

Wild horses and burros adapt well to changes in their natural environments. The same holds true for their transition to domestic life. With a few preventive measures, they should have few health problems and won't need veterinary care beyond that... Read More

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Freedom Contained

July 01, 2006

Romantic images swirl through the mind when one considers America's wild horses. For some the image might be that of a beautiful wild stallion racing across the prairie, mane and tail flying in the wind as he celebrates his freedom. For others, the... Read More