Equine Welfare & Legislation


Track Safety Project Earns Award

May 31, 2008

The second annual Elastikon Equine Research Award, funded through a grant made by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, has been awarded to Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet... Read More


ASPCA Seeks Nominees for Annual Humane Awards

May 31, 2008

As citizens across the country continue to make their way to the polls for the 2008 Presidential primaries, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is asking the public to cast one more ballot.

As it does every... Read More


Rescues Consider Cost of Equine Welfare Cases

May 30, 2008

In February the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) in Columbia, S.C., seized 45 horses. Four months and thousands of dollars later, the criminal cases against the animals' owners, Read More


Share Your Thoughts: Theodore O'Connor Memory Wall

May 28, 2008

The Horse has set up an open blog so that readers can share their thoughts on and memories of Theodore O'Connor. It can be accessed through Read More


Gaming Board Supports Horse Health and Welfare Efforts

May 17, 2008

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board this week approved a resolution which supports efforts to invest in horse health and welfare.

Commissioner Gary Sojka introduced the resolution and encouraged its passage as a way of showing the... Read More


Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

May 17, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is prepared for "every potential outcome" on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day, but no matter the result, developments in the area of equine health and welfare in the coming weeks and months are of... Read More


NYC Horse Museum Exhibit Opening, Features ASPCA

May 15, 2008

An upcoming exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History focusing on the history of the horse will open to the public on May 17. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced it will participate in th... Read More


Horse Industry: Don't Discount Animal Rights and Welfare Groups

May 09, 2008

Although their views and actions may at times be considered extreme and bizarre by some, animal rights and welfare groups have a large constituency, have proven effective at making their point, and shouldn't be disregarded when they seize on an... Read More


HSUS Offers Reward for Info on Pony Dragging Death

May 09, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible for dragging a blind 10-year-old pony to death April 30 in... Read More


PETA Demonstrates; Could Pursue Charges

May 06, 2008

A spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which staged a peaceful demonstration May 6 in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office near Lexington, said similar demonstrations are planned for upcoming Triple... Read More


Animal Welfare Judging Competition Adds Veterinary Student Division

April 30, 2008

For the first time, veterinary students participated in the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition, highlighting the increased attention veterinarians are receiving for their role in ensuring animal welfare.

Now in... Read More


HSUS Publishes Comprehensive Guide on Caring for Horses

April 18, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States Press has announced the release of The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Horse Care, an educational resource for first-time and experienced horse owners. The book includes... Read More


Last Chance: Free Webinar on Understanding Foal Care Tonight

April 17, 2008

Sign up now to attend TheHorse.com's free live Webinar on Understanding Foal Care... Read More


Arabian Horse Association Partners with the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource

April 12, 2008

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is pleased to announce that the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has joined a growing list of breed organizations who have become members of our Equestrian Partners Program. Their participation... Read More


Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More


Readers Respond: Pinching Pennies

April 09, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What are you doing to save money on the farm this year?"

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Pfizer, American Paint Horse Association Partnering

April 08, 2008

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently announced that Pfizer Animal Health will be a 2008 Corporate Sponsor.

As part of Pfizer's relationship with APHA, the company plans to host an educational seminar on equine health and... Read More


ASPCA Awards 10 Equine Grants

April 01, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced the recipients of equine grants for the first quarter of 2008. At a time when hay prices are at a record high and many areas of the country have experienced... Read More


HSUS Soring Hotline Heats Up

March 31, 2008

Just days after advertisements appeared in Middle Tennessee newspapers offering cash for information about violators of the state's anti-soring law, phones at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) began to ring.

"We received more... Read More


Market for Mare Milk Gives Rise to Equine Dairy Industry

March 29, 2008

Nearly a dozen velvety black Ariègeois broodmares and an approved stallion roam and graze freely across a 120-acre pasture in the French Massif Central hills. These horses are the foundation of Nathalie and Xavier Niaux's Domaine de Merens de... Read More


University of Wisconsin Improves Equine Diagnostics with Longer Endoscope

March 29, 2008

When a horse has digestive tract or respiratory problems, doctors need a long tube to get all the way inside to see what's going on. That's why veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine are so pleased to... Read More


Commentary: Let's Get Fiscal

March 26, 2008

It hit hardest at the supermarket, when I noticed that a pound of carrots, our horses' favorite treat, cost $1.49.

While not an economist, it was clear that these are difficult fiscal times. Costs for just about all goods and services have... Read More


Chiacchia Family Holds Vigil; Rider Remains in Critical Condition

March 21, 2008

The family of Olympic equestrian Darren Chiacchia is holding a vigil for his recovery as he remains hospitalized in critical condition in Tallahassee, Fla.

The 2004 U.S. Olympic equestrian team member suffered a severe head injury, lung... Read More


Monitoring Cruelty: Online Database Tracks Cases

March 20, 2008

The recent case of alleged horse abuse in South Carolina underscores the need for a way to track convicted horse abusers nationwide, according Carol Darnell, a former Arabian horse breeder and longtime rescuer.

"We have to vet the people to... Read More


HSUS Offering Reward for Information on Horse Soring

March 19, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any violator of Tennessee's horse soring law, which prohibits the deliberate infliction of pain to horses' feet an... Read More