Equine Welfare & Legislation


Additional Endorsements of National Welfare Code of Practice

January 15, 2010

The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce the American Endurance Ride Conference, the American Paint Horse Association, the National Cutting Horse Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association have recently end... Read More


Breeder's Short Course Offered in Kentucky

January 09, 2010

The University of Kentucky Gluck Research Center is sponsoring a Breeder's Short Course, to be held Jan. 20-21, 2010, at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington. This course is designed for farm managers and owners of all horse breeds.... Read More


Equine Research Projects Get Racing Commission Approval

January 06, 2010

Six equine research projects totaling nearly $400,000 over a two-year period have been approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

All of the research, approved by the commission Jan. 5, will be conducted by the Kentucky Equine... Read More


Mark Todd Event Horse NZB Gandalf Euthanized

January 04, 2010

NZB Gandalf, an eventer piloted to the 2008 Olympics by Mark Todd, was euthanized due to a neurologic disorder, Horse and Hound reported.

New Ze... Read More


Eclipse Award of Merit Goes to Farm Owner Farish

December 29, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that William S. Farish, owner of Lane's End Farm and a pre-eminent industry leader of multiple organiza... Read More


New Orleans Track Receives Safety Accreditation

December 17, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at t... Read More


New AQHA Drug Testing and Welfare Initiatives Announced

December 14, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is implementing a drug testing and show processing fee that will go into effect January 1, 2010. Starting with shows in January, show management will begin collecting a $5 per horse per show fee tha... Read More


Videos: Readers Share What They'd Like to See on TheHorse.com

December 10, 2009

More than 520 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "On what horse health care topics would you like to see in-depth videos?"

Results were as follows: 

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NAERIC Receives AAEP Welfare Award

December 08, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners will honor NAERIC, a council of family ranchers that manage broodmares producing quality horses of several breeds as well as provide pregnant mares' urine (PMU). ... Read More


Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Horses Sought for Families

December 08, 2009

While police investigate the shooting deaths of several horses in Wisconsin, a St. Croix County woman hopes horse owners will reach out to families whose animals were killed.

Since Nov. 19, six horses have been discovered dead or dyi... Read More


Working Horse, Donkey, and Mule Welfare Examined in New Study

December 05, 2009

Since more than 85% of the world's equids (estimated at 94 million) live in developing countries where they are used for work, and because there are few studies looking at how different types of work affect these animals' welfare... Read More


Indiana Horse-Angels Ranch Receives ASPCA Grant

December 03, 2009

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(ASPCA) has awarded a grant of $4,000 to the Horse-Angels Ranch in Spencer, Ind. The grant funding will be used by the group to provide feed for their rescued horses. ... Read More


Colored Horse Photo Book Signing to Benefit Old Friends

December 03, 2009

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston will sign copies of her new book Horses: In Living Color and her previous release More Old Friends on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Circa 1840 Restaurant in Georgetown, Ky. The book signing will... Read More


National Equine Welfare Code of Practice: HSUS Reaction

December 02, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has weighed in on the recent endorsement of a national welfare code of practice for the horse industry. Drafted by the American Horse Council and endorsed by several major horse industry groups,... Read More


Safety Alliance Monitor Seeks Public Comment

November 27, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is seeking public comment on its activities in advance of the release of an annual report in late December.

Tommy Thompson, a former federal and state... Read More


HSUS Releases Statement on Dressage Hyperflexion Video

November 25, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States, has issued a statement concerning a recent Internet video depicting Swedish Olympic rider, Patrik Kittel, riding his stallion, Watermill Scandic, is a state of hyperflexion (known by some in the... Read More


FEI Takes Steps on Equine Welfare, Doping Issues

November 23, 2009

In the wake of the hyperflexion controversy sparked by viral video of an international dressage competitor's horse, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More


U.S. Dressage Federation Releases Animal Welfare Statement

November 23, 2009

In response to a recent incident at an international competition, the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) Executive Board has issued the following official... Read More


Vets Discuss Welfare Assessment, Semantics, Regulation

November 18, 2009

Far from being a topic rooted only in science, how we protect animal welfare is affected by such diverse elements as politics, ethics, and semantics, said international speakers at a welfare symposium at Michigan State University held earlier... Read More


National Equine Welfare Code of Practice Endorsed

November 12, 2009

A national Welfare Code of Practice has been endorsed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the U.S.... Read More


Equine Welfare Consensus Reached By AQHA, Partners

November 10, 2009

Equine industry alliance partners reached a general consensus involving humane treatment and equine welfare during a meeting October 20 and 21 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas.

Meeting... Read More


Working Animal Welfare: Seeking Sustainable Solutions

November 06, 2009

In developing countries, working horses, donkeys, and mules are most often used for heavy labor, whether it be hauling heavy loads of cargo or carrying tourists up and down a mountain.

The animals might be suffering from... Read More


Horse News: Pfizer Finalizes Fort Dodge Acquisition

October 16, 2009

Pfizer Animal Health's acquisition of Wyeth and its subsidiary, Fort Dodge Animal Health, has been finalized. The acquisition required some products to be divested from the merged product line.

On Monday, Oct. 19, the product portfolio... Read More


New Animal Welfare License Plate Available in Maine

October 15, 2009

A new welfare specialty license plate for the state of Maine is now available for purchase, announced Planet Dog. The plate directly supports the health and welfare of Maine's companion animals.
The plate features colorful silhouettes... Read More


Morris Animal Foundation Highlights its Hot Topics Blog

October 15, 2009

Looking for new and compelling information about the latest in animal health information and research, veterinary advances, and animal-related events? Morris Animal Foundation's Hot... Read More