Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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American Horse Council Considers Unwanted Horse Coalition Proposal

June 01, 2006

The American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees is considering a proposal that would place under the organization's umbrella a coalition working on the issue of unwanted horses.

At the AHC issues forum in April 2005, the American... Read More

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Awards Presented at American Horse Council Meeting

June 01, 2006

On April 4, the American Horse Council (AHC) presented its Rolapp Award to Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky. Lewis serves on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and has been instrumental in passage of horse industry-related bills. For more informatio... Read More

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Drought Forces Bureau of Land Management to Limit Births

June 01, 2006

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed the use of a non-hormonal contraceptive--porcine zona pellucida (PZP)--over the next five years to limit equine overpopulation of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. BLM officials say the range... Read More

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Ford Raises $200,000 to Help Wild Horses

June 01, 2006

More than 26,000 wild horses and burros are currently housed in temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding sites, and Ford Motor Company is offering $200,000 to eligible rescue groups to reduce that number.

In May 2005, Ford... Read More

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Analysis of Soring Data from 2002-2005

May 31, 2006

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) has analyzed data from over 2,800 suspensions imposed by the USDA and Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) under the Horse Protection Operating Plans since 2002. ... Read More

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Center Offers New Hope for Unwanted Horses

May 09, 2006

On May 3, members of the Kentucky horse industry announced that they have united to form the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, a new shelter and adoption service for unwanted horses of all breeds. According to the group, The Kentucky... Read More

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Former Derby Contender Finds a Home

May 05, 2006

Four years after being considered a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender, Tracemark, a 7-year-old gelding, is embarking on a life of retirement on a California farm.

Not much newsworthy about that, even during Kentucky Derby season. But... Read More

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Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

May 04, 2006

Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption are hopeful the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said May 3. Meanwhile, members of the Kentuck... Read More

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Brass Hat Disqualified From Second in Dubai World Cup

May 03, 2006

Brass Hat, who ran second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been disqualified because a post-race test revealed trace amounts of the drug methyl prednisolone acetate.

After a two-day hearing via... Read More

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Uniform Medication

May 01, 2006

The AAEP organized the Racing Medication Summit in December 2001 during the University of Arizona Racing Symposium in Tucson. By the end of the day, there was recognition by the participants that an opportunity existed to address the ongoing... Read More

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MRLS in Florida

May 01, 2006

Three cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have been confirmed by necropsies in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP, of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The first case was a... Read More

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Judge Dismisses Slaughter Suit

May 01, 2006

On March 14, a federal judge ruled in favor of the USDA to allow fee-for-service inspections at horsemeat processing plants despite efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups to prevent the inspections... Read More

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Kentucky Issues Advisory on Naproxen Use

April 20, 2006

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race... Read More

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MSU Students Prepare Arabians for Annual Auction

April 18, 2006

Thirteen Michigan State University (MSU) students. Thirteen Arabian horses. One semester to put it all together. 

Their hard work will pay off during the annual Spartan Spectacular Arabian Horse Auction, which will be held on... Read More

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Drought Forces BLM to Limit Births

April 18, 2006

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed the use of a non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), over the next five years to limit equine overpopulation of Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. BLM authorities say the range has... Read More

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Reining Horse Association Releases Medication Position Statement

April 14, 2006

At the NRHA Board of Directors meeting held on April 2 at the International Headquarters of NRHA in Oklahoma City, Okla., the following was adopted:

I. Statement of NRHA Medication Philosophy

NRHA does not endorse the use of... Read More

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Ford Raises $200,000 to help Wild Horses

April 12, 2006

More than 26,000 wild horses and burros are currently housed in temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding sites, and the Ford Motor Company is offering $200,000 to eligible rescue groups to reduce that number.

In May 2005, Ford... Read More

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AHC Considers "Unwanted Horse" Coalition Proposal

April 05, 2006

The American Horse Council board of trustees is considering a proposal that would place under the organization's umbrella a coalition working on the issue of unwanted horses.

At the American Horse Council issues forum a year ago, the... Read More

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Milkshaking

April 01, 2006

The "milkshake" has enjoyed some popularity as a performance-enhancer for racehorses, although it is banned in all racing jurisdictions. This "milkshake" doesn’t involve milk and syrup; the primary ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, commonly know... Read More

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Kentucky Drug Penalties Changed

April 01, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing violation of Thoroughbred racing medication rules expired Feb. 15, so the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted to the old penalty rules.

The regulation expired after a legislative... Read More

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HSUS Requests Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

April 01, 2006

On Feb. 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other groups filed suit against the USDA to prevent equine slaughterhouses from using fee-for-service inspections of horsemeat. On Feb. 22, the groups filed for an injunction to... Read More

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Judge Dismisses Suit, Horse Slaughter Fee-for-Service Plan Implemented

March 15, 2006

On March 14, a federal judge ruled in favor of the USDA to allow fee-for-service inspections to horsemeat processing plants despite efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups to prevent the... Read More

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Kaufman Residents Slam the Door on Horsemeat

March 13, 2006

On March 3, the Kaufman, Texas, zoning board unanimously voted to close Dallas Crown Inc., one of three horsemeat processing plants in the United States. The board ordered the Kaufman-based plant to close its doors by Sept. 30, citing public... Read More

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Fee-For-Service Plan Implemented

March 13, 2006

The nation's three horsemeat-processing plants began paying USDA employees on March 10 to conduct pre-slaughter inspections of horses. The highly debated fee-for-service program allows the plants to continue processing despite the 2006... Read More

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Animal Health and Consumer Protection

March 13, 2006

Reprinted with permission of FDA Consumer magazine

Nearly a century ago, farmers had a medicine chest of products to "cure" their animals, with names such as Lee's Gizzard Capsules, Liquid Hog Medicine, and Kow-Kure. Th... Read More