Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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AQHA Approves Surpass

February 24, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association has Surpass, a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. The AQHA Executive Committee approved the medication during their January meeting to keep in line with the rules of the United States... Read More

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AAEP Releases Guidelines Addressing Use of Compounded Medications

February 22, 2005

The Drug Compounding Task Force of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released guidelines regarding the responsible use of compounded medications by veterinarians. The guidelines are the result of the association's... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Medication and Doping Holds Second Meeting

February 16, 2005

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Task Force on Medication and Doping, Chaired by Sven Holmberg of Sweden, held its second meeting in Paris on Feb. 2. The a six-person task force was established in late 2004 to re-assess... Read More

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Rutgers Annual NAERIC Yearling Benefit Auction

February 16, 2005

Twelve Belgian/Quarter Horse cross yearlings will be sold on May 1, 2005, at an auction that will benefit the Rutgers Cook College Young Horse Teaching and Research Program. The auction will take place at the Round House on the Cook College... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Performance Horse Forum

February 14, 2005

Performance horse veterinarians treat everything from the cutting horse to the dressage mount, but when it comes to issues pertinent to their practice, they are much alike. The problems of online and traveling pharmacies, clients' administering... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: The Unwanted Horse

February 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has added the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States to its priority list for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention Dec. 5-8, 2004, in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: AAEP's View of H.R. 857 and Horse Slaughter in the United States

February 14, 2005

Approximately 55,000 horses are slaughtered each year in the United States. These horses are most often sent to a processing facility because they are no longer serviceable, are infirm, dangerous, or their owners are no longer able to care for... Read More

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COX-2 Selective Drugs Considered Safe for Horses

February 14, 2005

Following the release of human clinical trial data demonstrating the link between pain-relieving medications known as COX-2 inhibitors and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a... Read More

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NYRA Milkshake Tests to Begin Feb. 16

February 10, 2005

The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.

Random pre-race testing... Read More

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Beerbaum Files Appeal in Case that Could Affect Olympic Show Jumping Team Medal Standings

February 09, 2005

As announced by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) earlier this week, German Olympian Ludger Beerbaum filed an appeal on Feb. 3 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision taken by the FEI Judicial Committee. Th... Read More

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Report: Kentucky Tracks Might Test for Milkshakes

February 07, 2005

Kentucky racetracks could begin testing for "milkshakes" this spring under their own guidelines, officials said.

A milkshake is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a horse before it competes. Milkshakes are believed to... Read More

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No Fine, Suspension in New York Positives

February 07, 2005

Two horses who ran at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., last summer were disqualified from their finishing positions because of positive drug tests, but Mark Shuman, who trained both horses for owner Michael Gill, will no... Read More

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Kentucky Panel: Adopt Model Medication Rules

February 07, 2005

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council set in motion major changes in the state's medication and drug-testing policies when it voted Feb. 4 to recommend adoption of the model rules devised by the national Racing Medication and Testing... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced to Congress

February 03, 2005

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has been reintroduced to Congress as bill H.R. 503. Congressman John Sweeney of New York is the lead sponsor of H.R. 503 and introduced the bill on Feb. 1 as "A bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibi... Read More

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Plight of the Unwanted Horse

February 01, 2005

"Unwanted horses" within the domestic equine population have been determined by someone to be no longer needed or useful, or their owners are no longer interested in or capable of providing care for them physically or financially. Many unwanted... Read More

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What Price Life?

February 01, 2005

A few dollars vs. thousands of dollars, or total loss? Do you sometimes wonder if horse owners should be made to act more like car owners? For cars, it's mandated that you must have insurance to protect you, and the people around you. Bad... Read More

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FEI Appoints Task Force on Doping and Medications

February 01, 2005

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau established a six-person task force to reassess policies necessary to eliminate abusive and... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test 300 Shows

February 01, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was to begin testing for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows in January as a result of a recommendation made by the drug and medications task force.

The task... Read More

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Drug Consortium Moves on Violations, "Milkshakes"

January 26, 2005

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has set a deadline for adoption of recommended uniform medication violations and testing protocol for "milkshakes," which are mixtures of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a racehorse before i... Read More

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Bill Introduced to Restore Prohibition of Wild Horses to Slaughter

January 26, 2005

Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia introduced a bill (H.R. 297) to the House of Representatives on Jan. 25 that would restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and burros.

In a speech to the 109th... Read More

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Arizona Racing Officials Prepared to Delve into Raids, Medication

January 05, 2005

Arizona Department of Racing officials have planned hearings in early January for eight horse owners or trainers whose barns were raided by state and federal officials Dec. 15 at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.

The raids, according to the... Read More

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USEF Permits Use of Surpass

January 01, 2005

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permitted the therapeutic use of Surpass, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the Food and Drug... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test An Additional 300 Shows

December 28, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will test for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows. The efforts to protect the American Quarter Horse comes from a recommendation made by a drug and medications task... Read More

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AAEP Announces Unwanted Horse Summit

December 17, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has announced plans for hosting an Unwanted Horse Summit. The Summit, a one-day conference bringing equine industry leaders together to address the problem of unwanted horses, will take... Read More

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Bill Rider Makes Wild Horses Eligible for Slaughter

December 13, 2004

Some feral horses and burros rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now eligible to be sold at public auctions to the highest bidder.

The appropriations bill for 2005 (H.R. 4818) was made public law on Dec. 7. This bill ha... Read More