Equine Welfare & Legislation


Photography Project to Highlight Equine Welfare Work

March 05, 2009

Members of the Equine Photographers Network, a group of more than 500 photographers from around the world who specialize in the photography of horses, will focus their lenses on story projects that will highlight the plight of horses in need.... Read More


Traffic, Opposition Result in Rome Carriage Ban

March 03, 2009

Weekday tourists to Rome's historic center will no longer enjoy the sights at a horse's pace.

City authorities have withdrawn carriage licenses following opposition by animal rights activists, combined with several equine deaths in 200... Read More


Churchill Downs Implements Safety and Welfare Plan

March 02, 2009

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a series of new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. The measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Kentucky... Read More


Equine Welfare Challenges

March 01, 2009

Last year welfare of the horse in the United States reached the consciousness of not only the industry, but also the general public. The horse and veterinary industries have long addressed issues of equine welfare as it relates to competition, and... Read More


Equine Welfare Brochure Available to AAEP Members

February 25, 2009

Equine welfare is one of the major focus areas of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). In recent months, the topic of equine welfare has further grown in importance due to the increasing number of unwanted horses.... Read More


KEEP Chairman: Gaming Legislation Likely in Kentucky

February 19, 2009

The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) said Feb. 18 he expects gaming-related legislation benefitting the Kentucky horse industry to pass--but he's not sure when.

Thoroughbred owner and breeder Brereton Jones, a former... Read More


List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

February 19, 2009

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal... Read More


Kentucky Horsemen Make Case to Legislators

February 17, 2009

More than 100 people who make their living in the Kentucky horse industry made their case to three Northern Kentucky legislators Feb. 16, and the message was clear: The economics must change or the state will lose a valuable asset.

The... Read More


Australia Fires: Lost and Found Horse Registry Launched

February 17, 2009

Equine charity Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria (PHHWV) has launched a lost and found registry for horses misplaced during the recent bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria. The registry can be accessed via the Read More


AAEP Releases Racing Safety and Welfare Recommendations

February 16, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbre... Read More


Back to Basics Horse Institute Planned at Auburn

February 13, 2009

An educational symposium for Alabama horse owners and managers--be they beginners or experienced equestrians--will be held March 28 at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn. The program will address everything from horse health to pasture... Read More


Montana Lawmakers Ponder Slaughter Plant Legislation

February 12, 2009

Legislators in Montana are considering a proposed measure to encourage private investor horse slaughter plant development in that state. The bill's author says the measure is intended to both create jobs in Montana, and address the state's... Read More


Wagon Driver Injured, Horses Killed in Highway Crash

February 11, 2009

A man is in critical condition and two Percheron horses are dead after they were hit by an 18-wheel truck yesterday in Mississippi.

Bob Skelding, of Deerfield, N.H., was travelling across the United States in a homemade wagon drawn by his... Read More


Readers Vote on TheHorse.com's Equine Focus

February 08, 2009

Close to 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you like to see a special section on TheHorse.com that is about your other companion animals (dogs and cats)?"

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Officials Remove Six Horses from a Chicago Carriage Company

February 07, 2009

Acting on a complaint, Chicago Animal Care and Control investigators removed six horses belonging to J.C. Cutters Horse Drawn Carriages, according to an article in the Chicago... Read More


Funds Available for Research on Effects of Horses on Humans

February 04, 2009

The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) is inviting proposals for studies to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research, as well as clinical studie... Read More


Guilty Verdicts in Montana Pack Horse Case

February 03, 2009

A father and son from Georgia were found guilty Jan. 30 of 21 counts of animal cruelty for overworking and neglecting four horses during a pack trip last summer through the mountains of Montana.

Ravalli County Justice Court Judge... Read More


Horse Council Forum to Highlight Welfare Issues

February 02, 2009

The focus this year's American Horse Council (AHC) National Issues Forum will be the "Welfare of the Horse." The Forum will be held June 16, 2009, in Washington, D.C., as part of the AHC's annual meeting.

Over the last year, concerns about... Read More


Equine Product 'Surpass' Purchased by Boehringer Ingelheim

January 28, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) recently announced it has purchased the product Surpass (1% diclofenac sodium) from Idexx Laboratories Inc. Surpass will be marketed through the existing animal health distribution channels and... Read More


Illinois Track Implements Welfare Plan

January 28, 2009

To make its position on horse slaughter clear, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers linked to that industry. The track has also created an adoption program for Fairmount... Read More


Eclipse Award Winners to be Announced Today

January 26, 2009

The anticipation for many Thoroughbred owners, breeders, trainers, and their connections will soon be over as the Eclipse Awards for Thoroughbred racing's champions of 2008 will be announced today, Jan. 26 at a ceremony in Miami, Fla. The... Read More


AQHA Welfare Group Releases Plans for Racing, Breeding, Shows

January 19, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association's Executive Committee has approved recommendations from the Animal Welfare Assurance Task Force, and the association is moving forward to implement the suggestions.

The association's main objectives ar... Read More


Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

January 16, 2009

New legislation aimed at stemming the export of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Jan. 14. Sponsored by Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) and... Read More


University of Minnesota Offers Webinars for Horse Owners

January 14, 2009

The University of Minnesota Horse Team will begin offering quarterly "Lunch and Learn" Webinars (Web-based seminars) on a variety of horse-related topics. The Webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from... Read More


Plea Entered in Oregon Horse Shooting Case

January 14, 2009

Russell Willeford, the Oregon man accused of shooting and abandoning a 6-year-old Arabian gelding in the Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, Ore., made his first appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court Jan. 12. He pleaded not guilty to... Read More