Equine Welfare & Legislation


Kentucky Considers Equine Welfare Committee

February 18, 2010

The Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee moved Feb. 17 to provide more protection for the horse.

House Bill 398, which would create a committee to assist, advise, and consult with the cabinet on issues of equine he... Read More


Mongolia Group Requests Riding Helmets

February 10, 2010

Every year more than 30,000 child jockeys ranging from the ages of 4-10 years old participate in traditional long-distance horse races in Mongolia. Peace Corps Volunteer Kara Estep is working with a local agency called the Department for Childr... Read More


FEI Imposes Sanctions on Controversial Dressage Training Method

February 10, 2010

Participants in a Feb. 9 conference organized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) sanctioned aggressive riding, including that which results in hyperflexion of the horse's neck.

"The group redefined... Read More


Super Bowl Ads Get Humane Approval

February 09, 2010

Sunday might have been a tough day for the Colts, but it was a great day for frogs, dogs, Clydesdales, elephants, and other creatures featured in some of the eagerly awaited Super Bowl ads.

Americans were treated to nine commercials ... Read More


Vets Form Equine Health and Welfare Alliance

February 07, 2010

A group of equine veterinarians have formed the Equine Health and Welfare Alliance (EHWA), which will be “dedicated to the proper care and maintenance of the horse and all equines,” according to a release.
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New York Carriage Horse Welfare Under Scrutiny

February 04, 2010

Amendments to improve care for New York's hard-working carriage horses were reviewed at a Feb. 3 NYC Health Department public hearing.

The NYC Administrative and Health Codes guide the health, safety, and well-being of the city&#... Read More


Tampa Bay Backstretch Worker Dies in Horse Accident

February 02, 2010

An exercise rider and backstretch worker died Feb. 1 after a horse fell on top of him while exercising at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Robert Shields, 60, died after one of the horses ... Read More


Mexican Donkey Welfare Aided by UK Sanctuary

January 26, 2010

A Donkey Sanctuary mobile unit working in Mexico recently met two working animals that contribute to their owners' lives in very different ways.

The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in Mexico City and the surrounding areas since... Read More


Cold Weather Horse Care Precautions Shared

January 22, 2010

More than 1,270 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you do to help your horse cope with below-normal temperatures?" The responses varied for cold weather horse care.... Read More


ASPCA Awards Nearly $550,000 in Equine Grants in 2009

January 21, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) awarded $546,789 in the form of 164 equine grants to rescue groups and humane organizations across the country in 2009, according to its just-released year-end report.

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Mobile Vet Clinic to Aid Haiti Animal Relief Efforts

January 20, 2010

The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) will be able to utilize a mobile veterinary clinic from by the Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society. The United Animal Nations recently provided an update on ARCH progress.

A field team base... Read More


Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti Adds New Members

January 19, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti, a coalition created to address the needs of animals in Haiti following the country's devastating earthquake, and has ple... Read More


QuarterFest Tickets on Sale Now

January 17, 2010

The popular American Quarter Horse party known as QuarterFest is returning to Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 2010, and tickets are now on sale. The Tennessee Miller Coliseum at Middle Tennessee State University will host QuarterFest April 30-May 2.Read More


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