Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Maryland Caravan to Deliver Hay to Seized Horses

February 13, 2007

A caravan of 10 trailers will set out on Saturday (Feb. 17), carrying more than 480 donated hay bales to 72 horses seized from a Sharpsburg, Md., farm in early December.

The horses are in the custody of the Washington County Humane Society... Read More

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Volunteers Rescue Struggling Horse from Icy Mont. Pond

February 12, 2007

Several rescuers managed to pull a horse from a pond in Kalispell, Mont., where the animal struggled in the water after breaking through thin ice.

Jerry Fredericks glanced out the window of his home Saturday morning and saw the horse in the... Read More

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Woman Charged with Starving Deaths of Six Horses

February 12, 2007

A Columbia Falls, Mont., woman is to appear March 1 in District Court in the starvation deaths of at least six horses and severe malnourishment of two others.

A ninth horse is missing.

Tina Pickton, also known as Tina Houston, 32, is... Read More

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American Horse Council Unveils New Web Site

February 11, 2007

Keeping abreast of national legislation and regulations that affect all members of the horse industry just got a little easier. The American Horse Council's newly improved Web site provides information on issues in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

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State Requesting Separate Trial Date for Md. Neglect Case

February 09, 2007

The Sharpsburg, Md., woman whose 74 horses were seized by animal welfare officials in December is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The State has elected to not summon the volunteers and veterinarians... Read More

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Alberta Wild Horse Shootings: New Evidence Found

February 08, 2007

Members of the Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said they hope several items found in the area where seven wild horses have been killed since December will help lead them to the shooter, Read More

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Horse Trainer Acquitted of Animal Cruelty

February 08, 2007

A former leading harness racing trainer was acquitted Tuesday (Feb. 6) of a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge that has kept him from racing since 2005, Read More

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Two Horses Die in Ohio Fire

February 03, 2007

A retired carriage horse and another horse were among six animals that died in a blaze on a farm Jan. 31 near Hanover Township, Ohio, according to an article on Cincinnati.com, the Web site of The Enquirer (Read More

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Belize Horse Dies After Struck by Car

February 03, 2007

A common practice in Belize is for horse owners to tie their animals to trees near roads. This has resulted in problems such as horses getting the ropes around their legs and being injured or cutting off circulation to that limb. In the latest... Read More

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Ga. Horse Neglect Case: Officials Impounding Horses

February 02, 2007

Georgia agriculture officials said today (Feb. 2) they have found a private facility willing to house the 98 horses found in an alleged state of neglect in Pike County, Ga. The horses will be impounded as soon as final arrangements with the... Read More

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Equine Rescue Groups and Sanctuaries Receive ASPCA Grants

February 02, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced the recipients of its equine grants for the first quarter of 2007. A variety of equine rescue groups and sanctuaries across the United States received aid... Read More

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Abandoned Horses

February 01, 2007

Along the scenic route to Prineville, Ore., you'll notice a sign: Redmond Tallow Company. As if the words don't say it all, a loitering buzzard evokes pensive consideration of the cycle of life. I've never had more than two thoughts about Redmond... Read More

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N.C. Horse Hoof Care and Shoeing Course Available in March

February 01, 2007

A two-day short course for horse owners March 9-10 in Raleigh, N.C., will provide the latest information on the care and management of horse's hooves. The early registration deadline for the clinic is Feb. 10.

The course will provide... Read More

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Agriculture Official: Ga. Starvation Case "One of the Worst Situations We've Ever Dealt With"

January 31, 2007

More than 200 starving horses, cows, goats and dogs have been discovered on a Concord, Ga., farm.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said complaints about the animals' condition came in last week.

"Considering... Read More

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Death of Horse Blamed on Endangered Wolf Pack

January 31, 2007

A horse belonging to a Catron County, N.M., family has been killed by a pack of endangered Mexican gray wolves, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mark Miller and his family returned to their homestead on the Diamond Cree... Read More

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CHRB Decides Not to Enforce Toe Grab Rule

January 29, 2007

A long-running controversy over toe grabs before the California Horse Racing Board could turn into a referendum on trainer authority.

Responding to some conditioner complaints, a majority of the CHRB voted against enforcing a regulation... Read More

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Riding For Reading Teams up with University Equestrian Team

January 29, 2007

Riding For Reading is pleased to announce that the University of Southern California's Trojan Equestrian Team has signed up to help Riding For Reading. The USC Equestrian Team will help the non-profit literacy organization with its book... Read More

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N.J. Horse Fatally Shot, Police Searching for Archer

January 28, 2007

Police are searching for leads after a Franklin Township, N.J., horse was fatally shot with an arrow last Sunday (Jan. 21), the Read More

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Stallion Owner Clinic Available from University of Maine

January 26, 2007

University of Maine's Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension are teaming up with the USDA's Risk Management Agency for a Stallion Clinic for mare and stallion owners. The clinic will be Saturday, March 10, at Page... Read More

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Zebra Breaks Neck at Seattle Zoo

January 26, 2007

A zebra was found dead at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle with a broken neck.

The zoo says the animal ran into a fence in a holding area yesterday and died on impact.

The 4-year-old female was one of two zebras that arrived in Seattle... Read More

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Area Horsewomen Organizing Hay Caravan for Seized Maryland Horses

January 26, 2007

A small group of Maryland women have organized a caravan of horse trailers to transport donated hay to the 72 horses seized by animal control authorities in Sharpsburg, Md., in early December.

The horses are in the custody... Read More

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Dead Horse on New Zealand Beach Presents Disposal Challenge

January 25, 2007

A dead horse, which floated down a New Zealand river and onto the beach at Whakatane Heads, presented a disposal challenge for local environment officials, reported New Zealand newspaper Read More

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BioFuel Impact on Animal Agriculture to be Theme of NIAA Meeting

January 24, 2007

"BioFuels Energy: Animal Agriculture at the Crossroads" will be the theme of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's (NIAA) Annual Meeting, April 2-5, in Sacramento, Calif., at the Hyatt Regency.

"With all of the emphasis on... Read More

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Horse Manure Odor Has City Suing Planning Commissioner

January 24, 2007

The city of Carlsbad, Calif., is suing one of its planning commissioners after he failed to pay $1,600 in fines and late fees for horse manure odor, Read More

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Maryland Humane Society Asking for Support for Seized Horses

January 24, 2007

On December 2, 2006, The Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md., began an enormous horse cruelty investigation. As a result, 74 horses were impounded from a farm in Sharpsburg, Md., and relocated to several locations... Read More