Equine Welfare & Legislation


Oldest Melbourne Cup Winner Arwon Dead at 33

May 28, 2007

The longest-living Melbourne Cup winner was humanely put down at George Hanlon's Leopold property on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong on Friday, according to an Australian Associated Press story by Robert Windmill.

Arwon gave Hanlon... Read More


Horse Barns at Iowa State University Get a Facelift

May 26, 2007

Improvements are underway at the main horse barns on the Iowa State University campus. The barns, located at the corner of Pammel and Stange on the north side of campus, are well known by current and former students.

Two wings of the main barn... Read More


Illinois Governor Signs Anti-Slaughter Legislation

May 25, 2007

The state with the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse has made it illegal to kill the animals for human consumption.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said May 24 he was proud to sign the law, calling it "past time to stop slaughtering... Read More


Seabiscuit Descendant Foaled Near Famous Ancestor's Home

May 24, 2007

Bronze Sea, a filly descended from Seabiscuit, was foaled at Tim and Jacqueline Cooper's American Legend Horse Farm in Northern California on May 23.

The dark bay filly is by High Brite and is out of the At the Threshold mare All in Fashion... Read More


Emergency Stabling: USRider Looking to Expand Facility Availability

May 23, 2007

Traveling with horses is challenging enough, but imagine that you are traveling with your horses in an unfamiliar area when your vehicle breaks down or, you are involved in an accident requiring overnight repairs and temporary shelter for your... Read More


Driver Who Struck Horse-Drawn Carriage Sentenced

May 22, 2007

A man who drove his van into a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Indianapolis, Ind., has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and other charges.

The crash sent two tourists from... Read More


Scholarships Available to 4-H Youth for "Voice of the Horse" Event

May 21, 2007

The Peter Stone Company will fund 10 registration fee scholarships for 4-H youth to attend the interactive Web cast conference "The Voice of the Horse" on June 30 and July 1. The conference is designed to focus on the horse-human... Read More


Environmental Concerns Could Delay Tapeta Surface at Golden Gate

May 16, 2007

Environmental concerns could cause a delay in plans by Golden Gate Fields to install an all-weather racing surface this summer, the planning manager for the City of Albany, Calif., acknowledged May 16.

"It's hard to say at this point,"... Read More


New Pennsylvania Track to Install Tapeta Surface

May 13, 2007

Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa. track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson's synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1., said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at... Read More


Federal Bill Seeks To Strengthen Animal Welfare Act

May 13, 2007

Legislation introduced earlier this week would prohibit the use of live animals in sales and marketing demonstrations of medical devices and products. U.S. Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Animal Welfare... Read More


Crestwood Stallion Storm Boot Dead

May 12, 2007

Thoroughbred stallion Storm Boot, who sired 46 stakes winners at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, Ky., was euthanatized May 10 at Hagyard Equine Medical Center. A member of Storm Cat's first crop, 18-year-old Storm Boot suffered from... Read More


Horse Deaths Increase at Closing Bay Meadows

May 06, 2007

Twenty-five horses died while racing or practicing at the Bay Meadows track this spring, nine more than incurred fatal injuries over an 11-month period that state regulators studied previously.

The California Horse Racing Board, which is... Read More


More Rain Expected in Louisville Friday, Saturday

May 04, 2007

People may have been anticipating summer-like temperatures this weekend in Louisville, but those planning to attend this year's Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby had better brace themselves for the strong possibility of rain.

As of 8:09... Read More


Equine Equity Act Introduced by McConnell

May 01, 2007

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation April 30 designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing unfair provisions of federal law that favor other investments. The Equine Equity Act of 2007 would reduce the... Read More


Equine Guelph Holding Conference on Animal Welfare During Crisis

April 20, 2007

Equine Guelph is sponsoring a conference on "Caring During Crisis," to be held Sunday, April 29th, to Tuesday, May 1st, on managing disease and disasters involving animals.

The conference, "Caring During Crisis: Animal Welfare During... Read More


International Disease Report Fourth Quarter 2006

April 18, 2007

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported th... Read More


Champion Barrel Racer Rocky Gets a Vacation

April 15, 2007

Two-time world champion barrel racer Kelly Kaminski has decided to give home-raised champion Rockem Sockem Go--aka Rocky--the rest of the year off to recover from lingering injuries.

Rocky, 14, has been Kaminski’s competition horse for a... Read More


Clinical Pathology: A Window Into Your Horse's Health

April 11, 2007

All laboratory tests begin with proper sample collection and handling. Improper collection and handling of blood samples can result in unreliable or--in worse cases--misleading results. Stress or patient excitement at the time of collection can als... Read More


World Veterinary Day to Highlight Scope of Vet Industry Contributions

April 06, 2007

"World Veterinary Day on April 28, 2007, will be a day to emphasize the need for global unity among all health care professionals including veterinarians," said Leon Russell, DVM, PhD, president of the World Veterinary Association.... Read More


England's Animal Welfare Act Coming into Force

April 05, 2007

The Animal Welfare Act comes into force in England April 6. The British Horse Society calls the legislation "the most significant piece of welfare legislation for nearly a century," and said it should help to protect the welfare of all horses an... Read More


Hambletonian Harness Race to be Broadcast on NBC

April 04, 2007

The $1.7 million Hambletonian, the richest trotting race in North America, will be televised live on NBC this year, ending a 13-year run on CBS. Broadcast time for the Hambletonian and the filly companion event, the $850,000 Hambletonian Oaks,... Read More


Alabama Horse Rider Charged with DUI

April 03, 2007

A woman who went for a horseback ride through town at midnight and allegedly used the horse to ram a police car was charged with driving under the influence and drug offenses, police said Tuesday.

"Cars were passing by having to avoid it,... Read More


Firemen Train for Horse Rescue in UK

April 01, 2007

Sparsholt College and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are enrolling firemen throughout the UK in equine handling and awareness courses, according to a Horse &... Read More


Equine Rescue Group Announces Spotlight Award

April 01, 2007

The American Horse Defense Fund (AHDF), a national equine welfare organization, announces its first rescue resource program, the Rescue Spotlight Award. Each month the AHDF staff will select an exceptional equine rescue that will be highlighted... Read More


'Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse' Summit Update Released

March 29, 2007

Participants in the "Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit" in October 2006 continue to work on various initiatives but probably won't convene for a second summit until early 2008.

The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research... Read More