Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Trainers Selected for Virginia Equine Extravaganza Trainer Challenge

July 12, 2006

The excitement is mounting now that three trainers have been chosen for the East Coast Trainer Challenge to be held at the third annual Virginia Equine Extravaganza, Oct. 27-29, at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond. New to this year's... Read More

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Slaughter Legislation Could Be Put To Vote

July 05, 2006

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act could be put to a vote when Congress returns July 10 from its Fourth of July recess. Before the break, Capitol Hill was the scene of intense lobbying from those on both sides of the issue.... Read More

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Hurricane Warning Issued for Portions of Florida's Gulf Coast

June 12, 2006

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. has issued a hurricane warning for the Gulf Coast of Florida from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River.

According to a 10 a.m. Hurricane Center bulletin, Tropical Storm Alberto was about 190... Read More

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Fair Hill to Install Tapeta Surface on Training Track

June 05, 2006

The Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., plans to install the Tapeta all-weather surface on its training track during the summer of 2006, it announced May 31.

The synthetic surface, designed by trainer Michael Dickinson and first... Read More

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Ellis Park Reopens for Training; Repairs Ongoing

June 02, 2006

Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack hit by a tornado last fall, took a major step forward in its recovery when it reopened for training June 1.

It marked the first time in nearly seven months the 1 1/8-mile racing surface will be... Read More

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Unexplained Swelling

June 01, 2006

I have a 16-year-old gelding that I found lying down with a swollen rear leg. I assumed that he had gotten his leg hung in the fence, but the next morning, I noticed that his front leg diagonal from his affected back leg was also swollen, and I... Read More

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Weather Extremes

June 01, 2006

A record hurricane season and drought conditions throughout the United States last year hammered home the message that horse owners need to be prepared for the effects of extreme weather conditions. The immediate effects of these conditions... Read More

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HSUS Makes Statement on Cloning

June 01, 2006

On March 30, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reacted to the announcement of two successful commercial cloning ventures and additional clones that were expected to be born this spring. (See Read More

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House Passes Right-to-Ride Legislation

May 22, 2006

On May 16, the House of Representatives passed Congressman George Radanovich's "Right-to-Ride" bill (H.R. 586). The bill is intended to protect the use and access of pack and saddle stock animals on public lands, wilderness areas, national... Read More

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Million Dollar Milestone for Lil Ruf Peppy

May 05, 2006

It's official! Lil Ruf Peppy, owned by Green Valley Ranch, Aubrey, Texas, has just been named NRHA's eleventh Million Dollar Sire. At the start of the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) held recently in Katy, Texas, Lil Ruf Peppy was less... Read More

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Affirmed Exhibition to Open Next Spring

April 26, 2006

Next spring, the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., will unveil a new, permanent exhibition featuring Triple Crown winner Affirmed. The exhibition is supported by a loan of Affirmed's racing... Read More

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HSUS Announces Additional Katrina Recovery and Rebuilding Grants

April 17, 2006

On April 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced more than $800,000 in additional grants to organizations working on pet welfare issues in the Gulf Coast. The HSUS is providing $445,000 in recovery and rebuilding grants to... Read More

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USDA Announces Method for Enforcing the Horse Protection Act

April 17, 2006

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on Friday (April 14) the use of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to enforce the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The method will detect horses that have bee... Read More

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HSUS Makes Public Statement on Commercial Equine Cloning

April 05, 2006

On March 30, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reacted to the announcement of two successful commercial cloning ventures and additional cloned foals that are expected to be born this spring. "The Humane Society of the United States... Read More

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Premises Registration in Texas Postponed

April 01, 2006

Commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) have postponed taking action on proposed regulations that would require identification of physical locations where livestock, including horses, are held, managed, or handled.

TAHC... Read More

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HSUS Requests Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

April 01, 2006

On Feb. 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other groups filed suit against the USDA to prevent equine slaughterhouses from using fee-for-service inspections of horsemeat. On Feb. 22, the groups filed for an injunction to... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

April 01, 2006

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) had reported on EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a... Read More

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Farnam Announces 60th Anniversary Diamond Giveaway

March 08, 2006

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Farnam Companies has announced a customer appreciation sweepstakes in honor of its 60th anniversary. The giveaway will include five pairs of diamond stud earrings, five diamond tennis bracelets, four... Read More

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$2.5 Million Research Initiative Draws 27 Pre-Proposals

March 08, 2006

The announcement of a $2.5-million equine health consortium initiative has been met with great enthusiasm, says Kristin Benjamin, vice president of scientific programs and advancement for Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in Englewood, Colo.... Read More

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Animal Health Trust Cuts Made

March 01, 2006

In November 2005, The Horse reported on studies at the U.K.'s Animal Health Trust Centre for Equine Studies in Newmarket. In December, the research staff changed significantly. For more information see Read More

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Wild Horse Shot in Outer Banks

March 01, 2006

Investigators are searching for information on the shooting death of a pregnant wild horse found Dec. 27, 2005, on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, N.C. A resident found the 2-year-old shot in the stomach, said the Currituck County Sheriff's... Read More

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California Owner Charged with Cruelty

March 01, 2006

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County Animal Care... Read More

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Platinum Performance And Farnam Reach Settlement

March 01, 2006

Platinum Performance reported on Feb. 28 it reached an agreement with Farnam in its lawsuit to prevent Farnam’s use of the name “Platform Performance” on a line of equine products.

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Appaloosa Horses Lost in Two Barn Fires

January 24, 2006

The Appaloosa Horse Club extends its sincere regrets to two families who recently lost horses in barn fires.

On Jan. 9 at 3 a.m., former director and president, Larry Edwards of Dayton, Ohio, awoke to the smell of smoke and saw one of hi... Read More

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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Honored with 2005 Equine Welfare Award

December 27, 2005

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, a non-profit, volunteer-based animal welfare organization, is the 2005 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary... Read More