Equine Welfare & Legislation


Equitation Science Meeting to Focus on Horse Sport and Welfare

June 22, 2009

International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the fifth Equitation Science Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial... Read More


NRHA Offers Expert Training for Reiners in Europe

June 22, 2009

The National Reining Horse Association is offering a one-day clinic for reining horse enthusiasts, where participants can receive one-on-one training from two of the world’s top NRHA professionals, Bernard and Ann Fonck. The 2009 NRHA Regional... Read More


AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

June 17, 2009

Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses.

The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole... Read More


USEF Names Zimecterin Gold, Equioxx as Official Products

June 11, 2009

Two leading Merial Brand Products have been named official products of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Zimecterin Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel) and Equioxx (firocoxib) were recently added as official USEF deworming and pain... Read More


AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

June 03, 2009

The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare.

The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year'... Read More


Vet in Cobra Venom Case Sues Racing Commission

June 01, 2009

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations including possession of cobra venom, has filed a suit in Franklin (Kentucky) Circuit Court alleging that the... Read More


DLF International Seeds to Provide Grass Seed for the 2010 WEG

May 27, 2009

The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced that DLF International Seeds will become a supplier to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010.

The World Equestrian... Read More


Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists

May 15, 2009

Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that... Read More


Charity Releases Healthy Horse Guide for Tourists

May 11, 2009

The Brooke Hospital for Animals, a UK equine welfare charity that operates across 10 countries in Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East, has released guidelines for tourists utilizing the services of working animals while on holiday... Read More


Loomix Equine Plant is First to be AFIA Certified

May 07, 2009

The equine production facility of Cattleman's Choice Loomix, LLC in Johnstown, CO has become the first equine health production facility to be certified by the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program administered by the American Feed Industry... Read More


HSUS, Doris Day to Develop Horse Rescue and Adoption Center

May 05, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced plans to develop a Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Thanks to a donation of $250,000 by the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the new... Read More


Cross-Country Walk Draws Attention to Equine Welfare

April 03, 2009

A Colorado woman is walking from Newark, Del., to Long Beach, Calif., in an effort to urge lawmakers and others to help the nation's unwanted horses. Kristina Kremer set out March 14 on the slow journey she expects to finish this fall.... Read More


Bankruptcy: Can I Keep My Horse?

April 02, 2009

What happens to the horses if their owner declares bankruptcy? ... Read More


ASPCA Grants $10K for Equine Sanctuary Inspections

March 11, 2009

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has granted $10,000 to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). The funds will support the GFAS Equine Sanctuary Site Inspection program.

GFAS helps sanctuarie... Read More


Evidence Shows Horses Domesticated Earlier Than Thought

March 08, 2009

Research indicates the Botai culture, on the steppes of what is now northern Kazakhstan, domesticated horses about 5,500 years ago. That's 1,000 years earlier than was previously believed.

According to an article in the Read More


Photography Project to Highlight Equine Welfare Work

March 05, 2009

Members of the Equine Photographers Network, a group of more than 500 photographers from around the world who specialize in the photography of horses, will focus their lenses on story projects that will highlight the plight of horses in need.... Read More


Traffic, Opposition Result in Rome Carriage Ban

March 03, 2009

Weekday tourists to Rome's historic center will no longer enjoy the sights at a horse's pace.

City authorities have withdrawn carriage licenses following opposition by animal rights activists, combined with several equine deaths in 200... Read More


Churchill Downs Implements Safety and Welfare Plan

March 02, 2009

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a series of new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. The measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Kentucky... Read More


Equine Welfare Challenges

March 01, 2009

Last year welfare of the horse in the United States reached the consciousness of not only the industry, but also the general public. The horse and veterinary industries have long addressed issues of equine welfare as it relates to competition, and... Read More


Equine Welfare Brochure Available to AAEP Members

February 25, 2009

Equine welfare is one of the major focus areas of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). In recent months, the topic of equine welfare has further grown in importance due to the increasing number of unwanted horses.... Read More


KEEP Chairman: Gaming Legislation Likely in Kentucky

February 19, 2009

The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) said Feb. 18 he expects gaming-related legislation benefitting the Kentucky horse industry to pass--but he's not sure when.

Thoroughbred owner and breeder Brereton Jones, a former... Read More


List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

February 19, 2009

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal... Read More


Kentucky Horsemen Make Case to Legislators

February 17, 2009

More than 100 people who make their living in the Kentucky horse industry made their case to three Northern Kentucky legislators Feb. 16, and the message was clear: The economics must change or the state will lose a valuable asset.

The... Read More


Australia Fires: Lost and Found Horse Registry Launched

February 17, 2009

Equine charity Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria (PHHWV) has launched a lost and found registry for horses misplaced during the recent bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria. The registry can be accessed via the Read More


AAEP Releases Racing Safety and Welfare Recommendations

February 16, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbre... Read More