Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Churchill Outlines "Milkshake" Policy

April 25, 2005

With only a few differences, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. will be utilizing the same testing procedures for "milkshakes" that are in effect at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., and similar to those at many other North American... Read More

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Wild Horses Slaughtered at Cavel

April 22, 2005

According to an April 21 AP newswire story, six wild mustangs that were sold to a private owner in Oklahoma have been slaughtered at Cavel International in DeKalb, Ill.

Celia Boddington, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management... Read More

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Summit Charts Historic Course for Unwanted Horses

April 20, 2005

More than 25 equine-industry organizations and one U.S. congressman participated in the nation's first-ever Unwanted Horse Summit on Tuesday, April 19, in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP),... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

April 01, 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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Olympic Appeal Over Drugs

April 01, 2005

According to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), 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. The committe... Read More

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Jurisdictions Begin Milkshake Testing

April 01, 2005

Following recommendations issued in January by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, several racing jurisdictions have approved plans to test horses for evidence of "milkshaking" or excess levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2)... Read More

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Athens Gold Medalist Cian O'Connor Disqualified

March 29, 2005

Following a hearing held in Zurich, Switzerland, on March 27, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.2 at the 2004 Olympic Games in... Read More

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Wild Horse Dispersal Under New Legislation

March 21, 2005

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun selling the wild horses and burros under its care due to the new stipulations of the amended 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act.

The first group to benefit from the new legislation was Wild Horses... Read More

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The AAEP Announces Unwanted Horse Summit Participants

March 21, 2005

Bringing together the equine industry's major organizations for the first time to address the issue of unwanted horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will host a one-day Unwanted Horse Summit onTuesday, April 19 during... Read More

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Drug Testing

March 03, 2005

Controversy over medication and drug testing has been around since organized equine competitions came into being. There has always been more disagreement than agreement among the various factions involved, and more contention than harmony. Drug... Read More

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AAEP Convention Wrap-Up 2004: The Unwanted Horse

March 03, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) made the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States a priority for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention.

While the AAEP's stand against... Read More

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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