Equine Welfare & Legislation


Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Adds Critical Care Diplomates

November 23, 2008

Two veterinarians who are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care--Pamela Wilkins, MS, PhD, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, and Mauria "Mo" O'Brien, BS, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC--have recently joined the faculty at the... Read More


Saving Horse Riding Trails

November 22, 2008

When the U.S. Forest Service began to make changes to the trail classification system that had been in place for nearly 100 years, Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) took notice. When they realized the huge impact it would have on horse... Read More


Standardbred Breeding Farm to Receive AAEP Welfare Award

November 17, 2008

Hanover Shoe Farms, the world's most prolific Standardbred breeding farm, will be honored with the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) 2008 award for outstanding service in equine welfare, the Lavin Cup.

The Lavin Cup, name... Read More


New Bolton Center Expansion to Enhance Large Animal Critical Care

November 10, 2008

Ground has been officially broken for the state-of-the-art James M. Moran, Jr., Critical Care Center at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center. The facility is named in memory of James Moran, who passed away in April 2008. Major funding for the center was... Read More


The Next Step

November 01, 2008

What does the rest of the country think about horse owners--and the horse industry--about now? Probably not too highly, would be my guess. A call from CBS radio network reporter Stephan Kaufman out of Washington state asked if I would comment on th... Read More


Weathering Gustav and Ike

November 01, 2008

We had our plan for Hurricane Gustav. We had been here before with Katrina. Schedules were set. Evacuation of coastal parishes was going well. Coastal pet owners and their pets (large and small) were settling in to shelters. Most horse owners knew... Read More


British Horse Welfare Group Reports Record Pleas for Assistance

October 28, 2008

The Horse Trust, a British equine charity, has recorded unprecedented searches for homes for unwanted horses and ponies, confirming speculation that the credit crunch is hitting horse owners in the United Kingdom hard.

In the past three... Read More


Equine Nutrition and Feeding Conference at Ohio State

October 25, 2008

The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hosting an Equine Nutrition and Feeding Conference Nov. 8-9 in Columbus, Ohio.

The course is designed for veterinarians, technicians, owners, and breeders. Attendees will gain... Read More


BLM Gather Draws in Mix of Wild Horses

October 25, 2008

A low-flying helicopter flew in the cold morning air on a recent Saturday, the dull thud of its rotors growing louder as it moved across the horizon at Sand Wash Basin, west of Craig, Utah.

Beneath the helicopter, a herd of North America... Read More


Well-Horse Thrush Off

October 20, 2008

Well-Horse introduces Thrush Off, a natural hoof product that eliminates thrush and heals inside the hoof.

Thrush Off shortens the recovery time when treating injuries and infections to the coronet band, cracked heels, thrush, abscesses,... Read More


AQHA Welfare Task Force Meets

October 16, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Association's Animal Welfare Assurance Task Force met Sept. 16-17 in Amarillo, Texas, to discuss issues facing the industry and ways to continue protecting the American Quarter Horse and other equines.

Members fro... Read More


U.K. Welfare Group Launches Petition to Support Working Animals

September 30, 2008

South African cleric and activist Desmond Tutu has backed a new initiative by one of the world's oldest animal charities, which has been launched to coincide with World Animal Day Oct. 4.

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Kentucky Chief Racing Vet Leaves; Scollay Has Added Duties

September 28, 2008

Mary Scollay, DVM, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), will temporarily serve as chief racing veterinarian in Kentucky with the departure of Dr. Lafe Nichols.

The KHRC made the announcement Sept. 26,... Read More


Horse Killed After Being Hit by Car in Iowa

September 28, 2008

A Des Moines, Iowa, man riding a horse is in critical condition and his horse had to be euthanized after he was hit by a car.

Police say Dennis Kaiser was riding a horse on the city's southeast side about 8:50 p.m. Friday when the horse... Read More


Texas Equine Rescue Needs Help Following Hurricane

September 24, 2008

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, which has rescue horses stationed in foster homes throughout Texas and Arkansas, could use some help cleaning up after Hurricane Ike. While the group moved its foster and adopted horses well out of harm's way,... Read More


ASPCA Provides Funding for Hay in Hurricane Areas

September 23, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has dispersed and pledged more than $75,000 in grant funding to organizations in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, in addition to deploying a disaster... Read More


HSUS Takes in Abandoned Horses, Offers Reward

September 15, 2008

There is a resolution in sight for 11 abandoned horses found near Molalla, Ore., earlier this month. Six of the horses were purchased by families at a public auction Sept. 10. At the request of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, The Humane... Read More


Horse Owner Searches for Mare Seized in Breeding Barn Welfare Case

September 09, 2008

When horse owner Anne Maria Cray of Grantville, Pa., started spreading the word that her 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare, WeWe C, was available for a breeding lease, she never imagined that the horse would end up in the middle of a welfare case.... Read More


Hurricane Ike Forecast to Strike Texas-Louisiana Border

September 08, 2008

Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Ike could hit Louisiana or Texas this weekend.

Ike, which raked the Bahamas and worsened floods in Haiti that have killed 321 people, made landfall on Cuba as a fearsome Category 3 hurricane, then... Read More


Mare Shot Repeatedly Now Safe

September 07, 2008

A Thoroughbred mare and former polo pony in her 20s was shot repeatedly and left for dead in the desert of New Mexico, but the mare didn't die. Instead she wandered to civilization... Read More


ASPCA Deploys Disaster Response Team for Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has deployed a team of disaster response experts to assist the state of Louisiana in pre- and post-storm evacuation and sheltering in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav.... Read More


HSUS Prepares Rescue Team for Response as Gustav Nears

August 30, 2008

As Tropical Storm Gustav continues to strengthen, residents of the Gulf Coast brace themselves for the potentially deadly impact. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is preparing its staff and equipment to respond.

"Our entir... Read More


Horse-Based Society; Amish Populations Expand

August 23, 2008

The Amish are expanding their presence in states far beyond Pennsylvania Dutch country as they search for affordable farmland to accommodate a population that has nearly doubled in the past 16 years, a new study found.

States such as... Read More


Annual Equine Adventure Offers Horse Health Education, World Travel

August 21, 2008

Earlier this summer, a group of 25 U.S. veterinarians, horse owners, and trainers, took part in the ninth annual International Equine Adventure, organized by Ron Fuller, DVM , and Robert Miller, DVM. This year's excursion took the group to... Read More


HSUS Applauds AAEP White Paper on Horse Soring

August 08, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today applauded recommendations set out in the American Association of Equine Practitioners' newly released white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for Ending the Soring of... Read More