Equine Welfare & Legislation


Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

October 12, 2017

Researchers are studying these behaviors and how they can affect equine health and welfare.... Read More


Making it Legal: Equine Lease, Sales, and Boarding Contracts

October 05, 2017

Getting any horse agreement in writing could help you avoid a trip to court. Here's what you should know. ... Read More


Scientists Use Algorithms to Improve Ridden Horse Welfare

October 02, 2017

Researchers hope to help equestrians polish skills on a simulator to ensure good equine welfare when they ride a horse.... Read More


More Horses Found Butchered in Florida

September 28, 2017

The decaying remains of three horses ostensibly butchered for meat were found in Hialeah Gardens.... Read More


How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

September 21, 2017

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.


Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More


Bits and Breathing: What's the Relationship?

August 31, 2017

Mouth-gaping caused by bit pain could make it difficult for horses to breathe, researchers say.... Read More


Enhanced Horse Health Measures Put in Place at Saratoga

August 21, 2017

Seventeen horses have died or been euthanized after racing- and training-related incidents at the track this year.... Read More


Miniature Horses, Ponies Seized in Texas

August 17, 2017

Approximately 80 horses and ponies are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a property near Houston. ... Read More


Jockey Club's 2017 Round Table Meeting in the Books

August 14, 2017

Topics covered included the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommendations, and more.... Read More


Whip Use Violations in Australian Racing Scrutinized

August 10, 2017

Most of the violations in a recent study involved excessive use of the whip before the 100-meter mark.... Read More


Pair Charged in Wyoming Horse Abandonment Case

August 03, 2017

David and Bradley Flint allegedly abandoned three horses in the Washakie Wilderness earlier this year.... Read More


The Horse Owner, Farrier, and Veterinarian Trinity

August 03, 2017

The collaborative work of the owner, farrier, and veterinarian can dictate a horse's soundness and overall health.... Read More


USEF Board Approves Strict Horse Welfare Penalties

July 28, 2017

The guidelines can help advise the Hearing Committee on the types and ranges of penalties to render in welfare cases.... Read More


Study Confirms Horses Read Other Horses' Facial Expressions

July 20, 2017

Horses reacted to facial expressions in the absence of any other cues, such as body movements, vocal sounds, or odors.... Read More


Rehabbing Neglected Horses: No Small Task

July 13, 2017

Restoring a neglected horse's health can be rewarding, but also complicated, time-consuming, and sometimes unsuccessful.... Read More


Researchers Aim to Improve Vet School Teaching Horse Welfare

July 08, 2017

Researchers proposed a conceptual model to optimize the welfare of horses used for veterinary teaching programs.... Read More


Building Your Horse's Health Care Dream Team

July 06, 2017

Horse health care often requires teamwork. Use these tips to find the right equine health professionals for your team.... Read More


Kentucky Horse Owners Seek Stiffer Firework Regulations

July 05, 2017

Owners say firework-related injuries in horses have increased since the state lifted its firework ban in 2011.... Read More


Mountain Bikes on the Trail? No Problem for Prepared Horses

June 29, 2017

Introduce horses systematically to bikes, hikers, backpackers, strollers, and ATVs to reduce spooking on the trail. ... Read More

A man harnesses his horse after treatment for epizootic lymphangitis at the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad veterinary center in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia.


European Commission Recognizes Working Equids' Role

June 23, 2017

The Commission said projects focusing on improving welfare conditions would be appropriate in EU programming.... Read More


ARCI Model Regulatory Standards Updated

June 14, 2017

The standards were reviewed and modified at the ARCI's equine welfare and racing integrity conference in April. ... Read More


Proposal Would Put NYC Carriages Under New Regulation

June 14, 2017

The NYCLASS proposal would place New York City's carriage industry under Taxi and Limousine Commission jurisdiction.... Read More


Live Donkey Fed to Tigers in Protest at Chinese Zoo

June 12, 2017

An angry shareholder pushed the donkey into the tiger enclosure in protest over a financial dispute with the zoo.... Read More


New York Agencies Combine to Battle Animal Cruelty

June 09, 2017

Nassau County agencies established a coalition to investigate and prosecute animal crimes more efficiently.... Read More