Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Research Fund Created in Memory of Quarter Horse Stallion

November 29, 2007

Created by Cecilia May Hylton in honor of her late 1982 sorrel western pleasure stallion, the Flashy Zipper Fund not only honors a great horse, but it also benefits the work of the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

"I was honored to... Read More

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BLM Gathers 850 Horses from Wyoming Land

November 28, 2007

The Bureau of Land Managed gathered about 850 wild horses this month in southwest Wyoming. The agency had wanted to delay the roundups until next year but proceeded after the state protested.

The roundups from the adjacent Little Colorado... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Seeking Facilities to Accept Unwanted Horses

November 23, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) seeks to list facilities that provide specific services for unwanted horses, such as retraining facilities, therapeutic riding groups and police departments, and facilities that accept horses with special needs,... Read More

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Colorado State to Create Chair in Equine Orthopedics

November 19, 2007

Colorado State University has announced a $3 million gift to establish a university chair in equine orthopedics in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The gift is from Abigail K. Kawananakoa of Hawaii; the chair is the... Read More

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Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

November 15, 2007

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

Keeneland and... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Asks Industry to Advocate Responsible Ownership

November 14, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is asking breed registries, equine organizations, state associations and individual horse owners and service providers to spread the word to "Own Responsibly."

That was the message delivered by... Read More

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BLM Corrals Reopen after Salmonella Outbreak

November 14, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reopened its wild horse center in Palomino Valley, Nev., seven weeks after it was shutdown because of a salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak occurred after 983 horses from the Jackson Mountains were... Read More

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Readers Respond: Double-Decker Dilemma

November 13, 2007

More than 2,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you support federal legislation banning equine transport in double-decker trailers for any purpose?"

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Nevada Wild Horse Center to Reopen Nov. 13

November 09, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management will reopen its National Wild Horse and Burro center north of Reno, Nev., on Nov. 13, the agency said Thursday.

The center in Palomino Valley was voluntarily closed to the public on Sept. 26 as a precaution... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Releases New Brochure and Handbook

November 07, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition has released a new informational brochure and handbook.

"We've updated the brochure to reflect the growth the coalition has experienced over the last year," said Tom Lenz, DVM, group chairman. "Th... Read More

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BLM to Offer More than 100 Kiger Mustangs for Sale

November 05, 2007

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it will offer over 100 wild Kiger mustangs for adoption at auction this month.

"With the animals being gathered from the range only every three or four years, this adoption is highly anticipated and... Read More

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Racing Medication Group Refocusing on Drug Testing, Uniformity

October 23, 2007

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

Included as part o... Read More

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Vermont Woman Wants Horse as Service Animal

October 20, 2007

The Central Vermont Community Land Trust usually has no objection to a service animal like a seeing-eye dog moving into its apartments. But Patty Cooper's service animal is a horse of a different color: a black and white miniature horse, to be... Read More

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Trainer in Cobra Venom Case Agrees to Yearlong Suspension

October 18, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority reached a settlement agreement with trainer Patrick Biancone Oct. 17 that will bar him from training horses for six months and prevent him from applying for a trainer's license for an additional six months.... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Compiling List of Facilities Accepting Horses

October 18, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is asking facilities that will accept and/or place horses to list themselves on the UHC Web site.  

"This is an important step... Read More

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Study of EIPH Drug Seeks to Answer Effectiveness, Enhancement Concerns

October 17, 2007

A study led by Colorado State University and research partners will help to answer a long-debated question about health and performance effects of a drug commonly used to treat racehorses in the U.S. to prevent bleeding into their airways as the... Read More

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Horse Sales Task Force Recommendations Draw Praise, Criticism

October 16, 2007

Preliminary recommendations aimed at self-regulation for the equine auction industry were unveiled by the Sales Integrity Task Force during a public forum held at the Keeneland sale... Read More

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BLM Horses Improving After Salmonella Outbreak

October 12, 2007

 Wild horses at the Nevada Bureau of Land Management's Palomino Valley Center are improving after 156 died or were euthanatized due to a range of illnesses, including an outbreak of salmonella that prompted BLM officials to Read More

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Trainer Suspended in Cobra Venom Case Granted Stay

October 11, 2007

 Trainer Patrick Biancone, suspended for one year for possessing on the grounds of Keeneland three sealed vials of alpha-cobratoxin (cobra venom), a Class A substance under the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Uniform Drug and Medication... Read More

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Horse Export Numbers Bring Focus Back to Federal Slaughter Ban

October 08, 2007

A Sept. 30 article and photographs in the Houston Chronicle examining horse slaughter procedures in Mexico has shifted the attention of animal welfare... Read More

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Springsteen Sued Over Nixed Horse Sale

October 07, 2007

Bruce Springsteen and his wife are being sued, accused of backing out of a contract to buy a horse worth $850,000 for their teenage daughter.

Olympic equestrian Todd Minikus filed the breach of contract lawsuit Thursday in Florida's Palm Beach... Read More

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Trainer Given Yearlong Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

October 05, 2007

 Kentucky racing stewards have suspended trainer Patrick Biancone for one year for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations following a hearing Oct. 4. The suspension begins Oct. 15.

KHRA... Read More

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Indiana to Regulate Steroids; Questions Raised

October 01, 2007

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Sept. 27 to adopt regulations on use of anabolic steroids in racehorses developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and endorsed by the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More

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Equine Influenza: Pony Clubs to Stop Events Until 2008

September 27, 2007

SOUTH Australian pony clubs have moved to cancel all events until the end of the year to help ensure the state stays free of equine influenza.

The Pony Club Association, which includes 62 local clubs and about 1600 riding members, said the... Read More

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Horse Slaughter: U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Illinois Ban

September 21, 2007

Cavel International of DeKalb, Ill., the nation's last active horse slaughter plant, will again be shuttered. A three-judge panel from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in support of a lower court's earlier decision on the... Read More