Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Articles by Pat Raia

Narrow Escape: Caring for Equine Barn Fire Survivors

Just because a horse survives a barn fire doesn't mean he's out of harm's way. Read More

Kentucky Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

Authorities have seized 14 horses and several rabbits from her Trimble County property. Read More

Buchanan, Blumenauer to Co-Chair Animal Welfare Caucus

Reps. Vern Buchanan and Earl Blumenauer will head the group intended to educate legislators on animal welfare issues. Read More

Owner Pleads Not Guilty in Colorado Horse Cruelty Case

A Colorado woman accused of maltreating more than 60 horses has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges. Read More

Horses Killed in Texas Rodeo Incidents

Two bucking horses died in separate incidents at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Read More

Reward Offered in Florida Show Horse Theft

An 11-year old Andalusian mare named Deseada was reported missing from a Miami-Dade property on Jan. 19. Read More

Anti-Soring Rule Suspended in Trump Administration Freeze

The rule is among a litany of new regulations pending review by the new administration and its department secretaries. Read More

Woman Charged in Colorado Horse Seizure

Penny Gingerich has been charged with 64 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Read More

Arkansas Man to Serve 10 Years in Horse Shooting Case

Brandon Mitchell will spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a horse last year. Read More

Colorado Horse Herd Seized

Law enforcement authorities seized 63 horses from a property in Penrose last week. Read More

Miami-Dade County Seeks Custody of Allegedly Abused Horse

A man was charged with animal cruelty in connection to riding the underweight horse from South Carolina to Florida. Read More

SAFE Act Reintroduced in Congress

The bill is the latest attempt to outlaw the purchase and transport of U.S. horses for slaughter. Read More

Walking Horse Group to Challenge USDA Rule

The legal team for FAST is preparing a response to the new rule which bans the use of action devices and pads or stacks. Read More

Chains, Stacks Banned in Walking Horse Training, Exhibition

A new rule prohibits the use of action devices, pads, and wedges, except for those used for therapeutic purposes. Read More

Show Horses Injured in Trailer Accident

Four horses were unhurt, two sustained minor cuts, and one sustained serious injuries. Read More

Flooding Displaces California, Nevada Horses

Heavy rains in California and flash floods in Nevada forced the evacuation of multiple horses. Read More

Authorities Ask Court to Transfer Control of ISPMB Horses

South Dakota state's attorneys asked that the horses be placed in the care of Fleet of Angels and Habitat for Horses. Read More

Horse Theft Charges Against Lawyer Dropped

The charges against Curtis Bostic have been dropped due to lack of probable cause. Read More

Plants That Kill

Minimize your horse's risk of ingesting a deadly plant by identifying and eliminating harmful species. Read More

Reward Offered in Alabama Horse Shooting

A Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred-cross was fatally shot in a Shelby County pasture last week. Read More

Miniature Horse Nearly Decapitated in Florida

The horse, whose throat had been cut, was found in a rural area near Naples. Read More

Tennessee Ponders Grant Award to Walking Horse Group

The grant could help fund a study aimed at developing objective ways to detect soring in Tennessee Walking Horses. Read More

South Carolina Man Accused of Horse Theft

Curtis Bostic was arrested in Kentucky for allegedly removing a horse from property in Breathitt County. Read More

Faith and Equine Welfare Share Long Connection

The connection between animal welfare and faith communities has deep roots. Learn how it can benefit equids in need. Read More

Investigator: Vet Buyers Carefully Before Selling a Horse

The warning was issued after officials discovered a horse's severed head floating in a drainage canal in Florida. Read More