Equine Welfare & Legislation


UK Legislation Threatens to Change Medication Policy

April 18, 2002

Legislation is under consideration in the United Kingdom that would drastically affect the way horse owners obtain medications such as dewormers for their horses. Amendments to the legislation would require a veterinary prescription for the... Read More


Sample Letter to Legislators Concerning Supplements Available

March 25, 2002

A member of The Horse’s Editorial Advisory Board has offered this sample letter for horse owners and members of the horse industry who oppose the impending crackdown on animal nutritional supplements. (See Read More


Emergency Breeding Procedures Filed for Kentucky Farms

March 01, 2002

Due to concerns resulting from last year's foal losses attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), on Feb. 4 the Kentucky Department of Agriculture filed emergency regulations regarding procedures to be followed when breeding an... Read More


Afghan Equine Refugees

March 01, 2002

The Brooke Hospital for Animals (BHA) has three branches in Peshawar, Pakistan, a city near the Afghanistan border. The hospitals have been treating the working animals belonging to poverty-stricken Afghan refugees free of charge. The refugees... Read More


U.K. Animal Welfare Laws to be Updated

January 09, 2002

Plans to review, modernize and simplify outdated laws on animal welfare were unveiled Jan. 2 by the United Kingdom's Animal Welfare Minister Elliot Morley.

Animal welfare groups, local authority representatives, courts, police and... Read More


Morris Animal Foundation Honors Veterinarian

January 03, 2002

Morris Animal Foundation recently announced the induction of University of Wisconsin-Madison veterinarian  Benjamin Darien, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM,  into its Veterinary Honor Roll. Darien was nominated for the Honor Roll by Dan, Dayle and... Read More


Retiring Performance Mares to the Broodmare Band

January 01, 2002

Q: I was interested to read the question on mares returning to performance careers after foaling ("High Performance Broodmares" in the August 2001 issue of The Horse, article #2766 at Read More


Legislation Begins With You

December 01, 2001

Often I am asked, "How does a law originate?" That’s a good question. Recently in Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to author a bill that became law in June of 2001. The law (Act 64 of 2001) prohibits tranportation of horses in multi-level... Read More


Welfare News

November 02, 2001

An endowment, a new facility opening, and a special delivery have given the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) an enthusiastic start to 2001.

The estate of the late Paul Mellon recently announced a $5-million endowment gift to the TRF... Read More


Pony Club Opens New Headquarters

November 02, 2001

The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) held the dedication and grand opening of its new permanent headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park on Oct. 27. The building was dedicated to Joan Birnie Hamill of Wayne, Ill., a long-time supporter of USPC.... Read More


LeBlanc Named Theriogenologist of the Year

November 01, 2001

Michelle M. LeBlanc, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and member of The Horse's Editorial Advisory Board, was recently named 2000 Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College... Read More


Federal Legislation Would Ban Horse Transportation for Slaughter

October 19, 2001

The American Horse Council reports that federal legislation has been introduced that would make it a federal crime to transport horses for the purpose of slaughter. Rep. Tom Reynolds, a second-term Congressman from western New York,... Read More


Welfare, Farrier Groups Advise Caution on Do-It-Yourself Hoofcare

August 01, 2001

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has issued a statement cautioning enthusiastic horse owners not to tackle their own hoof care work in pursuit of a "natural" unshod hoof. Reacting to the groundswell of popular interes... Read More


Ryerss Names New Co-Manager Of Animal Welfare

July 13, 2001

There is a new face at Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, but it's not of the equine variety.

Ann Quigley was recently welcomed into the Ryerss Farm family as the new co-manager of animal welfare. Quigley oversees the... Read More


AVMA Wants Legislation Preparing For Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks

May 25, 2001

The AVMA is working with officials in Washington, DC, to draft legislation outlining procedures for preventing the introduction of a foreign animal disease in North America, and a well-coordinated emergency response plan to be implemented in the... Read More


Senators Will Seek Legislation to Provide Low-Interest Loans For Horse Farmers

May 24, 2001

Kentucky lawmakers will ask their colleagues to help horse farmers in the wake of a mysterious illness that has killed foals and caused fetuses to abort, according to an Associated Press report. 

The U.S. Department of... Read More


Kentucky Legislators Ask USDA for Assistance With Horse Industry 'Disaster'

May 16, 2001

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and two members of the House of Representatives from the Bluegrass State -- Ernie Fletcher of the 6th Congressional district and Ed Whitfield from the 1st district -- have written a letter to Secretary of Agricultur... Read More


Phillip Dutton Teams Up With Cosequin

May 11, 2001

Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton and Cosequin have teamed up to create a mutually beneficial partnership program. Dutton, who won the Team Gold Medal for Three-Day Eventing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, ha... Read More


Equine Welfare Award

March 01, 2001

Nominations are being accepted for the Lavin Cup, the equine welfare award presented by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The Lavin Cup recognizes a non-veterinary organization or individual that has demonstrated... Read More


Penelope Whitman Mullinix Joins Equine Images

February 23, 2001

Equine Images, an international quarterly magazine for equine art enthusiasts, published by The Blood-Horse, Inc., announces that Penelope Whitman Mullinix will join the publication as managing editor effective February... Read More


HSUS and FEMA Sign Historic Agreement

February 16, 2001

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in December signed an historic agreement through FEMA's Project Impact to assist communities and individuals to include animals in their disaster... Read More


AAEP Accepting Nominations For Welfare Award

January 26, 2001

Nominations are now being accepted for the Lavin Cup, the equine welfare award presented by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The Lavin Cup recognizes a non-veterinary organization or individual that has... Read More


Eq West Equine Exposition Cancelled in San Diego

January 19, 2001

VNU, the company that purchased Equitana USA and its West Coast regional show, EqWest, announced after the 2000 EqWest show that the California equine exposition would not be renewed for 2001.

"It was a difficult decision, but we couldn'... Read More


Welfare of Rodeo Horses: Advances in Care

January 01, 2001

As I sit in my family room by a fire thinking about professional rodeo and the great strides made in welfare over the years, I realize I'm quite proud of the sport. I am aware that not all people will agree with the sport of rodeo, but my wish i... Read More


Research: Australia Asks 'What If . . .?'

January 01, 2001

In a move to determine what an outbreak of a serious equine disease might cost the government and equine industry in Australia, the government group Animal Health Australia commissioned a report that looked at likely costs of an emergency... Read More