Equine Welfare & Legislation


Horse Health News Video: Ryder Report for Oct. 31

October 31, 2007

Click here to see the Oct. 31 edition of The Ryder Report, a recent feature added to TheHorse.com.

The Ryder Report is a weekly video broadcast... Read More


SmartPak Makes Donation to USEF Disaster Fund

October 30, 2007

SmartPak has made a $5,000 donation to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) disaster fund.

With this donation, SmartPak added wildfire relief to its list of charitable donations. Other causes supported by the... Read More


California Wildfires: ASPCA Providing Hay Funds for Equine Evacuees

October 29, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has provided funding to the San Diego Humane Society for hay and other equine supplies needed following the outbreak of devastating wildfires in California.

"The ASPCA is happy t... Read More


U.K. Horse Welfare Group Launches Scholarship Program for Vet Students

October 23, 2007

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has launched a new scholarship program for undergraduate veterinary students in order to encourage the advancement of veterinary education and equine welfare, and also to familiarize... Read More


HSUS Team Arrives in California

October 23, 2007

Flying into California's fire-ravaged San Diego area was shocking to Allen Schwartz, a consultant with disaster services and an equine specialist with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He said the scene reminded him of... Read More


MRSA: Human Death Brings Attention to Bacterium Common in Horses

October 17, 2007

A strain of Staphylococcus aureus resistant to antibiotics was in the news again this week after a Virginia teenager who was diagnosed with an infection caused by the pathogen died. Additionally, the Read More


PETA Offering Cash for Information on N.Y. Horse Attacks

October 10, 2007

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced today that the group will contribute up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person repeatedly attacking horses in Pomona, N.Y. The owner of the... Read More


University of California Examines Cost of Producing Organic Alfalfa Hay

October 03, 2007

A new study exploring the cost of establishing and producing organic alfalfa hay is now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

The analysis is based upon hypothetical farm operations using practices... Read More


Winding Down

October 01, 2007

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse--if you do it correctly. ... Read More


Welfare Group Fundraising for Feed

September 30, 2007

Dreamchaser PMU Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc. is having a fundraiser to purchase hay and grain for 38 rescued mares and foals, weanlings, and yearlings.

Hay is costing the rescue grou... Read More


Indiana Horse Panel Limits Use of Steroids

September 29, 2007

Race-day regulation restricts substances

Concentrations of certain steroids would be limited in horses on days they race in Indiana under regulations approved by the state's Horse Racing Commission.

Commission member... Read More


EquiFest of Kansas 2008 Announces Details

September 28, 2007

EquiFest of Kansas officials have announced details for EquiFest of Kansas 2008, to be held Feb. 22-24 at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kan. This celebration of horses, now in its eleventh year, will feature world-class clinicians from all ove... Read More


BLM Closes Corral After Horse Deaths

September 27, 2007

Federal officials temporarily shut down the National Wild Horse and Burro Center in northern Nevada on Wednesday, where 130 horses have died from health problems that could pose a threat to workers and visitors.

The voluntary closure of the... Read More


University of Alaska Aims to Increase Number of Rural Area Vet Techs

September 25, 2007

A pilot program aimed at increasing the number of veterinary technicians in rural Alaska is going into full swing this fall.

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a certificate focusing on veterinary science, to be... Read More


Second 'Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse' Summit Planned

September 20, 2007

Participants from the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit announced a second summit is scheduled for March 17-18, 2008, at Keeneland. In addition, members on Sept. 20... Read More


ASPCA Forensic Veterinarian to Present at American Humane Conference

September 19, 2007

Melinda Merck, DVM, forensic veterinarian with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will present at the American Humane Association's annual conference in Alexandria, Va. next week.

Merck frequently testifies as a... Read More


HSUS Releases Statement on NYC Carriage Horse Death

September 18, 2007

In light of the recent death of a carriage horse in New York City, the Humane Society of the United States reiterated its call for more humane working conditions, and suggested removing horses from congested city streets and implementing the... Read More


Wandering Oklahoma Zebra Returned Home

September 18, 2007

The mystery of the wandering zebra has been solved. Sharon McConough, who lives in the Ranger Creek, Okla., area east of Fort Gibson Dam, was startled on Friday when she spotted a zebra trotting on her driveway. She took a photo of the animal... Read More


Australians Seek American Help in Fight Against Equine Influenza

September 16, 2007

In a Sept. 14 meeting at Keeneland Race Course, William Inglis and Son – Australia’s leading Thoroughbred sales agency since 1867 – sought American help to fight the ramifications of an equine influenza outbreak that could result in the loss of... Read More


Spat Over Horse Manure Wafts Into Court

September 16, 2007

A Milford, Conn., man has filed a lawsuit against his neighbor, claiming he can't sell his house because of the smell of horse manure from next door. In court documents filed in Superior Court, Gino Sciortino claims Helen Catlin is permitting... Read More


Hurricane Humberto Hits Texas; Category 1 Expected to Weaken

September 13, 2007

Hurricane Humberto crashed ashore along southeast Texas early Thursday, bringing heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of up to 80 mph as it made its way to Louisiana, the National Weather Service said.

The Category 1 storm made landfall... Read More


Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Web Site Updated

September 12, 2007

The Web site reporting progress stemming from the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit  has... Read More


ASPCA Issues Statement on NYC Carriage Horse Report

September 09, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released a statement Sept. 6 praising the New York City Comptroller's recently released Audit Report on the... Read More


Walking Horse Trainers, Inspectors Get Credit for Successful Celebration

September 07, 2007

The 69th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, held Aug. 22 through Sept. 1,  was pronounced a success by show managers, competitors, and trainers who said the event marked a milestone of cooperation among inspectors and... Read More


Louisiana Equine Disaster Preparedness

September 07, 2007

The Equine Branch of Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) has spent the past two years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita working on local, regional, and state emergency preparedness and response.

LSART is the operational arm of... Read More