Equine Welfare & Legislation


Auditors Recommend Overhaul of HPA Enforcement Protocol

November 02, 2010

The current system for examining animals for signs of soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows would be dismantled if recommendations contained in the results from a new USDA Office of Inspector General audit are adopted. ... Read More


Judge Allows Colorado Mustang Gather

October 25, 2010

A federal court judge has denied wild horse advocates' motion for an injunction to prevent a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang gather in Colorado. The BLM began gathering wild horses that had moved outside of the ... Read More


Horse's Age and Rider's Experience Affect Horse Injury

October 22, 2010

When it comes to horse management, "experience is the best teacher." According to a recent study by Swedish researchers, experienced staff might help protect your horse against orthopaedic injuries. The study tried to ascer... Read More


Horse Safety Campaign Releases New Brochure on Horse-Related Injuries

October 18, 2010

UK Healthcare, in partnership with University of Kentucky colleges of Agriculture and Public Health and 40 community, equine, and medical organizations, continues its five-year educational campaign, Saddle Up Safely, with the development of a h... Read More


Psychological Evaluation Ordered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

October 18, 2010

Santiago Cabrera, who along with Luis Miguel Cordero, is accused of poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat in Florida, will undergo neurologic and psychological testing to determine his competence to stand trial for the crimes.... Read More


New York Legislators Pass Animal Abuser Registry Law

October 13, 2010

The names, addresses, and photographs of convicted animal abusers residing in one New York county will soon be displayed online thanks to a new law that establishes the first animal abuse offender database in the nation. Unanimously ... Read More


AQHA and PRCA Announce Rodeo Horses of the Year

October 10, 2010

There will be an all-new class of superstar horses on display at the Dec. 2-11 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., including one nicknamed "Vegas." His registered name is RA Sonoita Silver, but owner Turtle Pow... Read More


Deworming: Readers Use Strategies

October 05, 2010

More than 470 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What drives your deworming product selection decision?" ... Read More


Readers Like to See Proof for Rotational Deworming

September 28, 2010

More than 800 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What would make you stop using a rotational deworming program?" ... Read More


Wild Horses: New Mexico Plan Would Create Nation's First State-Owned Sanctuary

September 23, 2010

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wants his state to be the first to establish a state-owned sanctuary for wild horses. On Sept. 16 Richardson announced he would use $2.8 million in funds awarded to the state under the American Rec... Read More


Victoria Max-Theurer to Skip WEG for Welfare of her Horse

September 13, 2010

Top Austrian dressage rider Victoria Max-Theurer has announced that, in the best interest of her horse, she will not compete in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). The 24-year-old's dressage horse, Augustin OLD, underwent col... Read More


Exercising Horses on a Treadmill, Step by Step

September 11, 2010

The Rutgers Equine Science Center launched a virtual tour of the equine exercise physiology laboratory.... Read More


Pesticide Use on Farms May Be Affected By Federal Legislation

September 05, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Pesticide General Permit, with plans to implement the regulation in April, 2011. The proposed regulations would affect any applicators who apply pes... Read More


Moore, Paragallo Denied Jockey Club Privileges due to Welfare Cases

August 24, 2010

The Jockey Club board of stewards voted Aug. 21 to deny New York resident Ernie Paragallo and Ohio resident Chad M. Moore all privileges of The American Stud Book effective Jan. 1, 2011. The action against Paragallo was take... Read More


Cartilage Repair Research Update

August 20, 2010

Members of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Rokeby Circle were briefed on Aug. 19 by Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, on her work in equine sports medicine as it relates to regenerative therapies. Her presentation was part of the o... Read More


NSAIDs Congress Exposes Benefits and Risks, Focuses on Horse Welfare

August 19, 2010

Scientific, legal, and ethical points of view on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use in competition horses continued to stream Switzerland's air even at the close of the two-day NSAIDs congress... Read More


Bilateral Training Improves Performance, Welfare, Researchers Say

August 17, 2010

Congratulations, your horse has learned a new trick! Now, start all over again--this time on the other side. That's right; it turns out if you want your horse to learn a trick or skill correctly, you're probably going to have... Read More


Group Seeks Stiffer Anti-Soring Rules

August 06, 2010

A group of equine welfare advocates want the USDA to adopt new regulations designed to beef-up enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970 at Tennessee Walking Horse exhibitions. The act forbids soring, the deliberate injury to a horse's le... Read More


Kansas Authorities Seize Horses

August 05, 2010

More than 80 horses are receiving care at an undisclosed location after law enforcement authorities removed them from a Coffee County, Kan., farm July 30. Det. Tom Johnson of the Coffey County Sheriff's said sheriff's deputie... Read More


Equitation Science Symposium Emphasizes Horse Welfare and Human Safety

August 03, 2010

Rein tension, saddle and seat pressure, training rewards and reinforcement, and the evaluation of stress and emotions in riding horses were some of the main topics at this year's International Equitation Science Symposium held July 31&ndash... Read More


USHJA to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Office

August 01, 2010

The United States Hunter Jumper Association will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Founded in 2004, the USHJA was establishe... Read More


AAEP Releases Recommendations for Protecting the Safety and Welfare of Standardbred Racehorses

July 27, 2010

Following the creation of veterinary guidelines to protect the safety and welfare of racing Thoroughbreds and Quarter horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has adapted these recommendations for the harness racing industry. The whit... Read More


New Order Sought to Stop Nevada Mustang Gathers

July 26, 2010

A Nevada wild horse advocate has again asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) forbidding the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather animals from the Rock Creek and Little Humboldt Horse Management Areas in northwestern ... Read More


Video Replay of Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Available

July 26, 2010

Video files for each public session at the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, held June 28 and 29 at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., are now available for download... Read More


Latest Round of Endorsements for the AHC's Welfare Code of Practice

July 22, 2010

The American Horse Council (AHC) announces the American Saddlebred Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Harness Horsemen International, Kentucky Horse Council, North American Trail Ride Conference, and the National Reined Cow Horse Association... Read More