Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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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

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Plan Finalized to Set Policies on Withdrawal Times for Therapeutic Medications

June 29, 2006

During its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, the Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) finalized a two-part plan to establish model policies for withdrawal times for... Read More

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Emirates Appeals Panel Upholds Brass Hat Disqualification

June 27, 2006

A three-member appeals panel of the Emirates Racing Authority has upheld the disqualification of Thoroughbred Brass Hat from his second-place finish in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the $5,400 fine imposed on trainer Buff Bradley.... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Folded into AHC

June 27, 2006

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started as the Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council's (AHC) annual convention in April 2005, is being folded into the AHC. American Horse Council Chairman Nick Nicholson made the announcemen... Read More

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Asmussen Faces Six Month Suspension and Fine

June 26, 2006

Steve Asmussen, North America's leading trainer in 2004 and 2005, is facing a six month suspension for a medication infraction involving the Class 2 drug mepivicaine, a local anesthetic.

According to the Louisiana Racing Commission,... Read More

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Congress Votes to Protect Wild Horses from Slaughter

June 21, 2006

Wild horses in the United States received a reprieve on May 19, when the House voted in favor of an amendment to prohibit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from selling wild horses and burros to commercial entities.

An amendment to th... Read More

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Report: The Unintended Consequences of a Ban on the Humane Slaughter (Processing) of Horses in the United States

June 12, 2006

The following paper was published recently by the Animal Welfare Council of Colorado Springs, Colo.

THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF A BAN
ON THE HUMANE SLAUGHTER (PROCESSING)
OF HORSES
IN THE UNITED... Read More

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Zito, Jackson, Hancock Discuss Slaughter Issue

June 09, 2006

The excitement of the upcoming third jewel of the Triple Crown highlights the shining careers of Thoroughbreds in their prime, but also conjures up the tender subject of what might happen to those runners once their careers have ended.

A... Read More

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Progress Made on Out-of-Competition Testing Front

June 08, 2006

Out-of-competition testing of racehorses can be problematic, but some jurisdictions are making headway to combat use of performance-enhancing substances that aren't administered on race day.

The Ontario Racing Commission, under a new... Read More

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Strangles Outbreak Spreading Among New Forest Ponies

June 02, 2006

An outbreak of strangles among the wild New Forest ponies is spreading, according to an article in The Salisbury Journal, a United Kingdom weekly newspaper. (Read the full Journal article Read More

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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