Recent News for Disasters

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Hurricane Charley Update; How You Can Help

August 24, 2004

Things are settling down for the animals in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, said Alan Schwartz of Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Lisbon, Md., on Aug. 23. "We treated a couple of horses, a bull, some pigs and goats, mostly for... Read More

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Motion Filed in Federal Court to Exhume Saddlebred

August 03, 2004

A motion was filed on Aug. 2 for a court order to exhume the body of the sabotaged American Saddlebred Wild Eyed and Wicked from its burial site on Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. Lawyers on behalf of Sally and Joe Jackson filed the motion in... Read More

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U.K. Associations Back Equine Passport Program

July 07, 2004

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) last week expressed support for revised equine passport program regulations presented before Parliament on May 20. United Kingdom horse owners should... Read More

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Horse Industry Leaders Meet with Agriculture Secretary Veneman

May 10, 2004

Horse industry leaders met with United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman during the National Issues Forum of the American Horse Council (AHC) in Washington, D.C., April 20. The meeting provided an opportunity to explain... Read More

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Equine Identification Task Force Meets, Discusses ID Plan Issues

April 06, 2004

The American Horse Council (AHC) National Equine Identification Plan Task Force, composed of representatives from all segments of the horse industry, held its second meeting in Dallas, Texas, March 18-19, 2004. "Clearly, the meeting indicated... Read More

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Animal Identification Plan Largely Misunderstood

April 01, 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

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Mad Cows and Horses

March 01, 2004

We know horses don't get the deadly neurologic problem commonly termed mad cow disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). However, we've faced our own plethora of neurologic crises in the past few years, including West Nile virus (WNV),... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 TheHorse.com, we hope you'll share your comments and questions as we guide the educational process of these two... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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