Equine Welfare & Legislation


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


Lawsuit Opposes California Mustang Gather

July 20, 2010

Wild horse advocates are seeking a federal court order to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from removing approximately 2,000 mustangs from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area near Susanville, Calif. The gather is slated to begin in A... Read More


Colic in the Horse: Free Seminar for Horse Owners

July 17, 2010

Matthew Madron, DVM, will give a free seminar on colic in the horse on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The seminar, open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central in the college's Alumni Ro... Read More


WEG Inspires Horse Mania in the Bluegrass

July 16, 2010

Colorfully decorated fiberglass horses are appearing all around Lexington, Ky., in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Horse Mania 2010 kicked off July 15 with 82 horses, an increase over the 79 statues displayed ... Read More


Hot Summer Tips Shared by Readers

July 13, 2010

More than 830 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What precautions do you take during hot weather when riding your horse?" ... Read More


WEVA's Intermediate Meeting in Hungary

July 10, 2010

WEVA held an intermediate meeting May 28-29 in Debrecen, the second largest city of Hungary.... Read More


House Funding Bill Excludes NAIS Again

July 09, 2010

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will receive no new funding under the 2011 U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Subcommittee spending bill, according to S... Read More


Kentucky Horse Council Endorses Welfare Code of Practice

July 06, 2010

Recently the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) joined the ranks of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Quarter Horse Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, US Equestrian Federation, and other state and national equest... Read More


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


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


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