Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare


New Dairy Donkey Management, Welfare Guidelines Published

November 08, 2017

Researchers from The Donkey Sanctuary and the University of Milan developed the guidelines during a two-year study.... Read More


Florida Woman Charged With DUI While Riding Horse

November 07, 2017

Donna Byrne is facing multiple charges after she allegedly rode her horse down a busy roadway while she was intoxicated.... Read More


Florida Veterinarian Facing Cruelty Charges Arrested Again

November 07, 2017

Gail Nichols, DVM, and her husband, allegedly failed to treat a horse in their care for a dental issue.... Read More


Peaceable Farm Owner Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

November 02, 2017

Anne Williams must serve 18 months in jail and pay $300 in fines. ... Read More


Scientists Study Horse, Human Heart Coupling

November 02, 2017

Researchers have learned that horses and humans tend to align their physiological responses to emotional stimulations.... Read More


French Equestrian Federation Hires Equine Welfare Manager

October 31, 2017

Deborah Bardo, MSc, has been charged with overseeing horse welfare within the French Equestrian Federation.... Read More


Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

October 12, 2017

Researchers are studying these behaviors and how they can affect equine health and welfare.... Read More


Making it Legal: Equine Lease, Sales, and Boarding Contracts

October 05, 2017

Getting any horse agreement in writing could help you avoid a trip to court. Here's what you should know. ... Read More


Scientists Use Algorithms to Improve Ridden Horse Welfare

October 02, 2017

Researchers hope to help equestrians polish skills on a simulator to ensure good equine welfare when they ride a horse.... Read More


More Horses Found Butchered in Florida

September 28, 2017

The decaying remains of three horses ostensibly butchered for meat were found in Hialeah Gardens.... Read More


How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

September 21, 2017

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.


Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More


Bits and Breathing: What's the Relationship?

August 31, 2017

Mouth-gaping caused by bit pain could make it difficult for horses to breathe, researchers say.... Read More


Florida Veterinarian Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

August 25, 2017

Gail Nichols, DVM, and her husband, Paul Smith, are facing charges after 30 horses were seized from their property.... Read More


Enhanced Horse Health Measures Put in Place at Saratoga

August 21, 2017

Seventeen horses have died or been euthanized after racing- and training-related incidents at the track this year.... Read More


Miniature Horses, Ponies Seized in Texas

August 17, 2017

Approximately 80 horses and ponies are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a property near Houston. ... Read More


Jockey Club's 2017 Round Table Meeting in the Books

August 14, 2017

Topics covered included the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommendations, and more.... Read More


Whip Use Violations in Australian Racing Scrutinized

August 10, 2017

Most of the violations in a recent study involved excessive use of the whip before the 100-meter mark.... Read More


Pair Charged in Wyoming Horse Abandonment Case

August 03, 2017

David and Bradley Flint allegedly abandoned three horses in the Washakie Wilderness earlier this year.... Read More


The Horse Owner, Farrier, and Veterinarian Trinity

August 03, 2017

The collaborative work of the owner, farrier, and veterinarian can dictate a horse's soundness and overall health.... Read More


USEF Board Approves Strict Horse Welfare Penalties

July 28, 2017

The guidelines can help advise the Hearing Committee on the types and ranges of penalties to render in welfare cases.... Read More


Study Confirms Horses Read Other Horses' Facial Expressions

July 20, 2017

Horses reacted to facial expressions in the absence of any other cues, such as body movements, vocal sounds, or odors.... Read More


Rehabbing Neglected Horses: No Small Task

July 13, 2017

Restoring a neglected horse's health can be rewarding, but also complicated, time-consuming, and sometimes unsuccessful.... Read More


Researchers Aim to Improve Vet School Teaching Horse Welfare

July 08, 2017

Researchers proposed a conceptual model to optimize the welfare of horses used for veterinary teaching programs.... Read More


Building Your Horse's Health Care Dream Team

July 06, 2017

Horse health care often requires teamwork. Use these tips to find the right equine health professionals for your team.... Read More