Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Horses Abandoned on Mountain Find Homes

December 24, 2009

Two horses that were abandoned on the side of a mountain in British Columbia last Christmas have found permanent homes.

Just before Christmas last year, snowmobilers discovered the pair of horses trapped in chest-high snow in the mou... Read More

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Horses Up For Adoption After Neglect Case, Foreclosure

December 23, 2009

Unexpected guests often drop in over the holidays, but what if your drop-ins were an entire herd of Quarter Horses?

That’s what happened to Falmouth, Ky., equine rescue facility Speak Up For Horses, when 48 mares, stallions, an... Read More

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Another Butchered Horse Found in Florida

December 23, 2009

The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in Florida rose to 22 this week when the dismembered carcass of bay mare was discovered in Southwest Miami-Dade.... Read More

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New Orleans Track Receives Safety Accreditation

December 17, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at t... Read More

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State Animal Cruelty Laws Graded

December 17, 2009

Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho, and Mississippi have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on Tuesday.

The group annually ranks U.S. states and... Read More

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New AQHA Drug Testing and Welfare Initiatives Announced

December 14, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is implementing a drug testing and show processing fee that will go into effect January 1, 2010. Starting with shows in January, show management will begin collecting a $5 per horse per show fee tha... Read More

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Seized Tennessee Horses Improving

December 11, 2009

Several of the 84 allegedly malnourished horses removed from a Cannon County, Tenn., farm have gained enough strength to move on to equine rescue facilities where their rehabilitative care will continue.

Last month, Tennessee State a... Read More

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Videos: Readers Share What They'd Like to See on TheHorse.com

December 10, 2009

More than 520 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "On what horse health care topics would you like to see in-depth videos?"

Results were as follows: 

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NAERIC Receives AAEP Welfare Award

December 08, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners will honor NAERIC, a council of family ranchers that manage broodmares producing quality horses of several breeds as well as provide pregnant mares' urine (PMU). ... Read More

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Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Horses Sought for Families

December 08, 2009

While police investigate the shooting deaths of several horses in Wisconsin, a St. Croix County woman hopes horse owners will reach out to families whose animals were killed.

Since Nov. 19, six horses have been discovered dead or dyi... Read More

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Working Horse, Donkey, and Mule Welfare Examined in New Study

December 05, 2009

Since more than 85% of the world's equids (estimated at 94 million) live in developing countries where they are used for work, and because there are few studies looking at how different types of work affect these animals' welfare... Read More

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Indiana Horse-Angels Ranch Receives ASPCA Grant

December 03, 2009

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(ASPCA) has awarded a grant of $4,000 to the Horse-Angels Ranch in Spencer, Ind. The grant funding will be used by the group to provide feed for their rescued horses. ... Read More

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Colored Horse Photo Book Signing to Benefit Old Friends

December 03, 2009

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston will sign copies of her new book Horses: In Living Color and her previous release More Old Friends on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Circa 1840 Restaurant in Georgetown, Ky. The book signing will... Read More

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National Equine Welfare Code of Practice: HSUS Reaction

December 02, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has weighed in on the recent endorsement of a national welfare code of practice for the horse industry. Drafted by the American Horse Council and endorsed by several major horse industry groups,... Read More

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Edmonton Trailer Driver Says Horses Not Abandoned

December 01, 2009

A 75-year-old man charged under Alberta's Animal Protection Act for permitting animals to be in distress said he feels the charge is ridiculous, and that the seven horses he... Read More

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Safety Alliance Monitor Seeks Public Comment

November 27, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is seeking public comment on its activities in advance of the release of an annual report in late December.

Tommy Thompson, a former federal and state... Read More

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Abandoned Horse Finds Permanent Home

November 26, 2009

A 6-year-old Thoroughbred that was abandoned with a gaping wound in his head has recovered from his injury and found a permanent home at Equine Voices Rescue in Green Valley, Ariz.

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Fat Dogs, Coughing Horses to Teach Kids about Health Careers

November 26, 2009

Purdue University researchers will use a $1.3-million grant to help further students' understanding of the role animals play in keeping people healthy.

Timothy Ratliff, MS, PhD, and Sandra Amass, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ABVP,... Read More

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HSUS Releases Statement on Dressage Hyperflexion Video

November 25, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States, has issued a statement concerning a recent Internet video depicting Swedish Olympic rider, Patrik Kittel, riding his stallion, Watermill Scandic, is a state of hyperflexion (known by some in the... Read More

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Horses Abandoned in Washington Forest, Reward Offered

November 24, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible for abandoning five horses on a logging road in rural Pierc... Read More

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FEI Takes Steps on Equine Welfare, Doping Issues

November 23, 2009

In the wake of the hyperflexion controversy sparked by viral video of an international dressage competitor's horse, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More

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U.S. Dressage Federation Releases Animal Welfare Statement

November 23, 2009

In response to a recent incident at an international competition, the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) Executive Board has issued the following official... Read More

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Vets Discuss Welfare Assessment, Semantics, Regulation

November 18, 2009

Far from being a topic rooted only in science, how we protect animal welfare is affected by such diverse elements as politics, ethics, and semantics, said international speakers at a welfare symposium at Michigan State University held earlier... Read More

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Abandoned Colorado Horse Recovering from Gunshot Wound

November 16, 2009

A horse shot and left for dead along a Colorado road is expected to recover from his wounds, said the veterinarian in charge of his care.

On Nov. 9, Garfield County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the grey gelding after receiving... Read More

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National Equine Welfare Code of Practice Endorsed

November 12, 2009

A national Welfare Code of Practice has been endorsed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the U.S.... Read More