Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare


Corey Johnsen Elected as Kentucky Equine Education Project Chairman

March 29, 2011

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) board of directors elected Corey Johnsen March 29 to serve as its chairman of the board. Johnsen replaces former Kentucky governor Brereton C. Jones, who resigned earlier this month. Johnsen, a resident of... Read More


Oregon Women Face Neglect Charges

March 27, 2011

Two Oregon women are facing animal neglect charges connected to the drowning death of one horse and the alleged neglect of four others residing on their Lincoln County property. Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dave Carey said law enforcement ... Read More


Restitution Ordered in West Virginia Neglect Case

March 26, 2011

On March 24, a Magistrate Court Judge in West Virginia ordered a horse rescue operator in that state to pay more than $11,000 in restitution to cover the cost of care for animals removed from her property last year.
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Kansas Authorities Probe Horse Stabbing Incident

March 21, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Kansas City, Kan., are seeking whoever is responsible for stabbing two horses after releasing them and numerous other horses from their stalls March 16. Kansas City Police Department Public Information Officer Sergeant ... Read More


Maryland Couple Sentenced in Equine Cruelty Case

March 15, 2011

A Maryland man was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect of 26 horses removed from his Garrett County property last year. Last week under a plea agreement Richard Friend pleaded ... Read More


FEI: National Federations Request More Time to Review Restructuring Plans

March 14, 2011

Following requests from national federations, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has agreed to extend the period of consultation on new FEI Statutes that would allow for restructuring of the current FEI governance model. The vote on ... Read More


Legislators Aim to End Shortage of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

March 10, 2011

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauds U.S. Senators Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, for introducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. The bipartisan legislation will help the country ... Read More


Equine Welfare Issues: An Overview (AAEP 2010)

March 09, 2011

One of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. During a presentation at the 2010 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Midge Leitch, VMD, ... Read More


Montana Man Faces More Cruelty Charges

March 08, 2011

A Montana rancher charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty in December 2010 for allegedly failing to provide food, water, and veterinary care to his herd of 450 horses was charged two additional counts March 2 after two more horses died on his ... Read More


Continued Endorsements for AHC National Welfare Code of Practice

March 07, 2011

The American Horse Council (AHC) announced March 4 that the American Riding Instructors Association, International Walking Horse Association, Texas Quarter Horse Association, and the United States Eventing Association have endorsed the AHC National... Read More


Texas Juveniles to Face Cruelty Charges

February 28, 2011

Two Texas juveniles will face criminal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two horses, according to Grayson County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Ricky Wheeler. Wheeler said sheriff's department investigators ... Read More


Not Guilty Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

February 26, 2011

A Montana couple accused of maltreating horses on their Carbon County ranch have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. Earlier this month, authorities discovered more than 60 animals residing on a ranch owned by Jack and Terry Martin. ... Read More


Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund Distributes $10 Million

February 18, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) announced Feb. 18 that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund (KBIF) will distribute $10 million in awards to 1,398 breeders of winning horses in eligible races around the world in 2010. There were a total ... Read More


AAEP Good Works Honorees Care for Abused, Neglected Horses

February 17, 2011

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has named Mary Beth Hamorski, VMD, and Christina Wilson, DVM, of Califon Animal Hospital in Lebanon, N.J., as the January honorees of its Good Works Campaign. Hamorski and Wilson provide ... Read More


Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

February 16, 2011

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute. Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said ... Read More


Readers Discuss Equine Quarantine Practices

February 15, 2011 asked, "Do you quarantine horses upon return from being off the farm?"... Read More


Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

February 15, 2011

A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair. Ottawa County sheriff's ... Read More


West Virginia Man Faces Cruelty Charges

February 14, 2011

A West Virginia man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on his Greenbrier County farm. Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Kirby Hanson said that last week after responding ... Read More


Idaho Ranchers Face Cruelty Charges

February 09, 2011

Three Idaho ranchers are facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of nearly 100 animals, including 30 horses. On Jan. 18 personnel from the Payette County Sheriff's Department, the Idaho Department of ... Read More


Electrolytes: Readers Split on Supplementing Horses' Water

February 08, 2011 asked, "Do you supplement your horse's diet with electrolytes?"... Read More


ASPCA Grants More Than $1 Million to Equine Groups in 2010

February 07, 2011

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced on Feb. 4 that it awarded $1,055,400 in the form of 93 grants to support equine rescue groups in 32 states in 2010. More than 32% of the grants awarded to equine groups ... Read More


Grandin Discusses Animal Welfare at LSU

February 05, 2011

Temple Grandin, PhD, was the featured speaker at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) on Jan. 26 when she gave her presentation entitled, "Animals and Autism." She discussed proper handling of large animals, includ... Read More


Kentucky State Representative Rick Nelson Receives Equine Heritage Award

February 03, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) recently introduced a new award, which recognizes public officials who make a significant contribution to keeping Kentucky's horse community vibrant and growing. The first recipient of this award--the KHC Equine... Read More


Use and Abuse of Medications at Horse Shows (AAEP 2010)

February 02, 2011

At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., Marjorie W. Miller, DVM, discussed medication rules from several equestrian governing bodies as well as the role of veterinarians in equestrian ... Read More


Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

February 02, 2011

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate,... Read More