Equine Welfare & Legislation

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Hay Banks in the Running for Refreshment

July 04, 2010

Although water is the logical choice for a horse on a hot day, many horse rescue organizations are turning to Pepsi for refreshment this summer. Instead of quenching thirst, however, this time Pepsi is helping to quench the sting of the current econo... Read More

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USEF Acknowledges FEI's Statement on Sapphire's Elimination

July 03, 2010

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) acknowledges Friday's announcement by the FEI that Sapphire, ridden by McLain Ward, was incorrectly eliminated from the second round of the FEI World Cup Final in Geneva on April 16, 2010.... Read More

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Lukas, the "World's Smartest Horse," to Release Documentary Soon

July 03, 2010

Filming has completed on the life documentary of Lukas, the Guinness World Record titleholder for the "World's Smartest Horse." The self-titled documentary follows him as a "racetrack reject" to his explosion on the worl... Read More

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Hurricane Alex No Immediate Threat to Horses

June 30, 2010

Hurricane Alex poses no immediate threat to the safety of horses residing Gulf Coast communities, according to owners in the region.

The first storm of the 2010 season, Hurricane Alex began pelting Brownsville, South Padre Island, an... Read More

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AQHA Equine Re-Homing Program Under New Name

June 29, 2010

American Quarter Horse owners love their horses--past, present, and future--and many want to keep track of those horses even after they are sold. The American Quarter Horse Association developed the Full Circle program to reunite bre... Read More

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Nicholson: Expand Safety and Welfare Efforts in Horse Racing

June 29, 2010

Nick Nicholson, the president and chief executive officer of Keeneland, called for the Thoroughbred industry to expand its efforts to protect its participants – both human and equine – from injury on the opening day of the third Wel... Read More

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16 Countries Sending Teams to Compete for AQHYA World Cup

June 18, 2010

The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, an international leadership event that includes educational horsemanship clinics and a friendly Olympic-style competition, is hosting youth from 16 countries July 3-11 in Oklahoma City.

Eac... Read More

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IL Horsemen, Tracks to Assist Retired Horses

June 09, 2010

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, Arlington Park, and Hawthorne Race Course have agreed to cooperate in a program to provide for the care of retired Thoroughbred racehorses.... Read More

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KY Gov. Signs Equine Health and Welfare Bill

June 08, 2010

Standing in front of the statue of Man o' War at the Kentucky Horse Park June 7, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear applauded passage of landmark legislation that will enhance the health and welfare of the horse. Beshear signed House Bi... Read More

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National Helmet Awareness Campaign Endorsed by USEF, USEA, and USDF

June 04, 2010

Equine digestive health product SUCCEED has teamed up with helmet advocate Jeri Bryant to launch the online helmet awareness campaign www.riders4helmets.com. The campaign is designed t... Read More

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Miniature Horse Named "Most Heroic Pet in America"

June 03, 2010

Strebors Black Magic On Demand, a Miniature Horse registered with the American Miniature Horse Registry, is spreading her own magic as a therapy horse. Known to her many fans as Magic, the black mini with blue eyes was recently named the Most H... Read More

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Ohio Bill Would Refine State Livestock Law

June 03, 2010

Horse owners in Ohio whose animals unintentionally roam from their enclosures could be spared criminal prosecution under a new bill designed to refine the state's so-called running-at-large law. Under current law, owners can be h... Read More

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Bankruptcy Myths

June 01, 2010

Since October 2006, when bankruptcy law went through a significant overhaul, that added filing limitations and consumer protections, bankruptcy filings have shown a steady rise. There are no reliable figures on how many bankruptcies involve horse ... Read More

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Plea Deal Ends South Dakota Barrel Horse Theft Case

May 29, 2010

A South Dakota man has been sentenced to spend the next three consecutive Fourth of July holidays behind bars after pleading guilty to charges connected to the theft and injury of a champion barrel horse last year.

Owner Wendy... Read More

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Authorities Probe Bullying Link to Horse Death

May 29, 2010

Law enforcement and authorities in Monongalia County, W.V., are investigating the death of a horse that could be linked to high school bullying.

In a written statement, Monongalia County Sheriff Kenneth "Al" Kisner sa... Read More

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Computer System Helps in Foot Surgery

May 28, 2010

Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) with a passive optical tracking system is the new future for repairing internal hoof fractures, providing highly accurate placement of screws and the chance for "perfect" results, according to a new stu... Read More

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Departed Champions To Be Remembered on Memorial Day

May 27, 2010

This Memorial Day, Old Friends will pay tribute to some special Thoroughbred champions.
On May 31, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., will have a commemorative service for eight retirees that have passed... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Announces Agenda

May 26, 2010

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced May 25 a wide-ranging agenda of health and safety issues for Thoroughbred racing for the third summit, scheduled for June 28-29 at the Keeneland sale pavilion in Lexington.

All of... Read More

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Nevada BLM Roundup Case Dismissed

May 25, 2010

A lawsuit aimed at preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting wild horse gathers at the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area in Nevada failed on May 24 when a federal judge dismissed the case.

The suit cla... Read More

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Maryland Rescue Farm to Host Carnival

May 25, 2010

The 73 horses living at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Md., eagerly await visitors at the nonprofit rescue's 21st Annual Spring Carnival on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Games, fun, horses, and a yard ... Read More

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Outdoor Equine Expo to Highlight Ontario Horse Industry

May 21, 2010

Canada's inaugural Outdoor Equine Expo, scheduled for June 4-7, will target all horse owners in the Ontario area, from elite professionals to young riders. The all-breeds and all-discipline event will be held at the Arkell Research Station,... Read More

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Oklahoma Horsemen Rally After Tornado Strike

May 13, 2010

Members of Oklahoma's equestrian community are uniting to help their neighbors rebound after a fierce tornado whipped through the state on May 10. The storm demolished homes and barns in its path, and left several horses dead or injured.Read More

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Equine Gunshot Survivor Off to New Home

May 13, 2010

Picaro, the Paso Fino stallion shot in the head when his despondent owner apparently killed himself and his wife, is off to his new home in Virginia. After four months of care through Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass., the horse is en ro... Read More

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C. Gattii Fungus May Not Pose Serious Equine Threat

May 11, 2010

The fungus might not pose a serious threat to horses, according to researchers familiar with the situation. ... Read More

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Canadian Authorities Probe Horse Deaths

May 10, 2010

Canadian animal welfare and law enforcement authorities are investigating the deaths of 40 horses discovered crowded near a fence at the Peigan Reserve in Southern Alberta. The horses were among more than 1,000 equines residing on the reserve. ... Read More