Recent News for Disasters


Legislation Introduced for Expediting Horse ID Plan Use

March 01, 2004

Four bills that would accelerate implementation of a national animal identification system have been introduced in Congress--two in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. Horses are not specifically mentioned in any of these bills,... Read More


Animal Identification Plan Largely Misunderstood

February 26, 2004

Comments collected on the draft U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) have been largely characterized by misunderstanding and frustration, according to one government official. The plan, which at this time is not an official program of the... Read More


North Carolina's "Horse Health Awareness Week"

February 23, 2004

Feb. 21-28, 2004 has been designated by the North Carolina Horse Council (NCHC) as "Horse Health Awareness Week." Equine veterinary practitioners and horse organizations across the state were encouraged to hold special clinics and other events... Read More


The United States Animal ID Plan

February 04, 2004

Mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in the United States highlighted the need to have all livestock--including horses--identified and easily traced. While some states have required equine identification programs in place now (such... Read More


Your Horse is Missing--What Now?

January 09, 2004

When our horse Idaho was stolen in September 1997, I turned to the Internet for help. I was unable to find any resources to help us in our search, so I started gathering e-mail addresses and web sites to contact about Idaho. Unknowingly this wor... Read More


Equine ID Task Force Meeting at U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting

January 05, 2004

The American Horse Council will hold a meeting of the Equine ID Task Force during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 14-18.

The Task Force will be... Read More


Beaten Arkansas Horses Recovering

January 01, 2004

Two Arkansas Quarter Horses, a 3-year-old filly named Puddin' and a 5-year-old mare called Fat Girl, were seriously injured when they were attacked Aug. 6 while owner Patrice Swan was away. The two were brutally beaten with unknown blunt objects... Read More


Seabiscuit Now Available on DVD and VHS

December 18, 2003

Seabiscuit, an American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression, and based on the best-selling book that remains one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years, broke out of the gate o... Read More


Heat Lamp Likely Source of Fatal Barn Fire in Kentucky

December 17, 2003

A fire last Friday that resulted in the deaths of 22 horses at the Cross International training center in Henderson, Ky. was apparently caused by sparking from a heat bulb or heat lamp.

The Henderson Gleaner reported the state... Read More


Police Horse Diary 12/3/03

December 03, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting is an interesting gathering of practicing veterinarians, researchers, industry businesses, and horse owners. That convention has delayed some of my entries, but I’ll try and keep up... Read More


Police Horse Diary Launched Online

December 01, 2003

An online diary following the training of two mounted police horse prospects is underway, and since it's a new undertaking for, we hope you'll share your comments and questions as we guide the educational process of these two... Read More


Colorado Fires Cause Evacuations

November 19, 2003

Equine evacuation plans were put to the test in Colorado when the Overland Fire in canyons northwest of Boulder grew so quickly that within just a few hours, 3,500 acres were engulfed and indefensible. The fire started on the morning of Oct. 29... Read More


Public and Animal Health Consequences of Disasters

November 04, 2003

Even as the California fires were beginning to rage out of control, Sebastian Heath, VetMB, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVPM, senior staff veterinarian for USDA-APHIS, Emergency Programs, was discussing the consequences of animals in disaster... Read More


4-1-9 Horse Purchasing Scam

November 01, 2003

Some scam artists in Nigeria and other West African countries have engineered a particularly nasty Internet scam, known as the 4-1-9 or advance fee fraud scheme. All classified ad web sites have been fair game to the fraudsters, including online... Read More


Horses Weather Hurricane Isabel

November 01, 2003

Hurricane Isabel hit the North Carolina and Virginia coasts with fury on Sept. 18. At its peak over the Atlantic, Isabel was a Category 5 hurricane (winds greater than 155 mph), sending coastal horse owners scrambling for safe shelter for... Read More


Health Seminars and Forums Offered at first U.S. Equestrian Meeting

October 31, 2003

U.S. Equestrian will be offering a variety of seminars during its First Meeting and Sports Summit to be held Jan. 14 – 18, 2004, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More


Defendants in Mare Torture Killing Going to Trial

October 28, 2003

Two Northern California men who pleaded "no contest" Sept. 4 to felony animal cruelty stemming from the torture death of a 24-year-old Thoroughbred mare were allowed to withdraw their pleas and have been scheduled to face trial Dec. 1.

A... Read More


Horse Passports in England Save Equine Medicines

October 15, 2003

In response to a threat several years ago that horses in England might not be allowed to use many currently available medications because of the potential of having unauthorized medications reach the human food chain through exported horsemeat,... Read More


2004 American Horse Publications Student Award Applications Available Online

October 03, 2003

College students who are pursuing a career in equine publishing are eligible to compete for American Horse Publications 2004 Student Award. If you will be a junior or senior at the start of the 2004-2005 undergraduate college year, with at least... Read More


Potential Police Mounts Wanted in the United Kingdom

September 30, 2003

The West Yorkshire Police in the United Kingdom have made a public appeal for new horses for the unit, according to a report in the online edition of Horse and Hound. This is the third time the force has requested “gift” horses, and thi... Read More


Maryland Safely Sails Through Isabel

September 29, 2003

Maryland horses fared well during Hurricane Isabel's sweep across the state Sept. 18-19 and in the aftermath. Rob Burk, executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board in Annapolis, Md., believes that due to advance warning and education... Read More


Barn Fire Kills 19 of 27 Horses

September 29, 2003

The luck of a proactive passerby helped save the lives of eight horses in a burning barn early Sept. 10 at Equestrian Park in College Station, Texas. Sixteen died in the fire due to burns and/or smoke inhalation, said property owner Brazos Joe... Read More


Trail Ride to Benefit Riding for the Handicapped Program

September 23, 2003

The Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped (CKRH) is having its sixth annual Halloween Trail Ride/Ride-A-Thon. The ride is open to participants of any age, riding experience, and discipline. The marked trail (over 10 miles) will be open fro... Read More


Pony Attacked in United Kingdom

September 18, 2003

A 3-year-old pony named Socks is recovering from a seven-inch long knife wound to his chest, according to a report by the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette’s online edition. Surgery was performed on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 16th,... Read More


Late-Year Competition Horse Care

September 01, 2003

For many of us who compete with our horses, regardless of which discipline we compete in, fall is the time of year to seek the advice of our equine practitioners regarding any maintenance that will have our horses ready for competition next... Read More