Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare


Ohio Woman Convicted on Cruelty Counts

May 03, 2010

An Ohio woman has been found guilty on more than 40 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Harbor farm. An Ottawa County Municipal Court jury returned the verdicts April 30.

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Free Horse Castration Clinic Offered in Minnesota

April 28, 2010

The Animal Humane Society (AHS), in partnership with the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition and the Minnesota Horse Council, will offer a free, one-day horse castration clinic on May 15 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, Minn., throu... Read More


Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More


Supreme Court Rules Free Speech Trumps Animal Cruelty Videos

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a federal law banning the "commercial creation, sale, or possession of certain depictions of animal cruelty." The court, on an 8-1 vote April 20, declared the federal law too broad and ... Read More


Kids Science Website Features 37-Year-Old Horse

April 15, 2010

Equine Science 4 Kids! is a redesigned, interactive youth component now available on the Rutgers Equine Science Center website. It features an illustrated version of Lord Nelson, a 37-year old American Quarter Horse, as the figurehead to guide youth ... Read More


California Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

April 15, 2010

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took a step toward passage on April 15 when the state’s ... Read More


ASPCA Announces $200,000 Grant for San Diego County Horses

April 13, 2010

ASPCA Funding Will Provide Care and Support for Abused and Neglected Horses in San Diego County... Read More


Roundworm Resistance to Dewormers Assessed in Canada

April 13, 2010

Resistant Parascaris equorum on Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms to ivermectin and moxidectin was identified in Ontario, Canada.

Rolph de Gannes, an equine veterinarian practicing in Southern Ontario, Canada, had the impr... Read More


Rutgers Students Working to Change the Perception of Mustangs

April 09, 2010

For the first time since its inception in 1999, the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP) at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, includes four Bureau of Land Management mustangs. Mustangs are ofte... Read More


International Equine Disease Report, Fourth Quarter 2009

April 08, 2010

The International Collating Center, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks.

Contagious equine metritis (CEM) was reported in France (one case), Germany (two cases) and the United Arab Emirates ... Read More


Riding Discipline Choice Related to Income, Survey Shows

April 06, 2010

Income plays a significant role in how owners use their horses, according to a recent survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications nationwide online survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 2009, to Jan. 31, 2010, which re... Read More


Judge Allows Evidence in Ohio Cruelty Case

April 06, 2010

A judge has declined to discard evidence in the case of an Ohio woman charged with maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses at her Ottawa County farm.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County seized 36 alleg... Read More


Age a Predictor in Horse Ownership

April 02, 2010

A horse owner's age is a major predictor in how involved they will be in the horse industry, according to a new survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications online nationwide survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 20... Read More


Tennessee Livestock Cruelty Bill Fails

March 31, 2010

A bill that would make cruelty to horses and other livestock a felony in Tennessee died in the state's House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Current law applies to companion animals only

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Horse Owner Sentenced in Louisiana Abuse Case

March 30, 2010

The Louisiana man charged with brutalizing his horse in 2007 has been sentenced to three years' probation and is prohibited from contact with horses for three years.

Tony Meyers was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to anima... Read More


Animal Welfare Council Joins Unwanted Horse Group

March 27, 2010

The Animal Welfare Council (AWC), a non-profit organization with membership compromised of businesses and organizations involved in caring for animals in recreation, entertainment, sport and industry, is the newest member of the Unwanted Horse ... Read More


Horse Park Supporter to Speak at UK Distinguished Lecture Series

March 25, 2010

Nina Bonnie, accomplished equestrienne, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation creator, and a driving force behind the park, will speak at the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative Distinguished Industry Lecture Series. The event will take place Apr... Read More


Four Arabian Horses Die in Washington Fire

March 20, 2010

One of the largest Arabian breeders in the Pasco, Wash., area lost four horses in a barn fire,... Read More


Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Scheduled

March 17, 2010

A third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit has been scheduled for June 28 and 29, 2010, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, announced details of the meeting today.

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Rags to Riches Delivers Colt

March 17, 2010

Champion Rags to Riches, winner of the 2007 Belmont Stakes, delivered a Henrythenavigator colt March 17 in Ireland, where she is scheduled to be bred to Coolmore stallion Galileo.

Rags to Riches, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2007... Read More


Ohio Woman Accused of Cruelty Declines Plea Deal

March 16, 2010

The Ohio woman accused of maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses has rejected a plea agreement that would reduce the charges against her.

Robin Vess was charged with 42 counts of animal cruelty last month after animal welfare author... Read More


Hay Feeders Reduce Waste

March 12, 2010

Horse owners can nearly halve their hay wastage by selecting the right round bale feeder for their pasture.... Read More


New York Thoroughbred Breeder Convicted on 33 Cruelty Counts

March 10, 2010

Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York Thoroughbred breeder and trainer has been convicted of mistreating dozens of horses. Paragallo was convicted March 10 of 33 of 34 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts in a non-jury trial.

The 52-yea... Read More


Pack Horse Abuse Appeal Yields Jail Sentences, Fines

March 08, 2010

A father and son found guilty of overworking and neglecting their horses during a pack trip in Montana in 2008 were each handed six months in jail during their appeal last week.

Craig Heydon and his son, Curtis Heydon, will also have... Read More


ASPCA Provides Thoroughbred Retirement Grants

March 04, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has unveiled a new initiative that will aid in the retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses. Six equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country were selected to take up the c... Read More