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

Your Guide to an Outrageously Shiny Coat

Experts share feeding, grooming, and bathing tips to keep your horse's hair coat gleaming. Read More

Adopting a Mustang: What It Takes

Considering adopting a mustang? Here's what you need to know. Read More

Therapy Horses Killed in Suspicious Michigan Barn Fire

Authorities are investigating a fire at The Barn for Equine Learning that claimed the lives of 13 therapy horses. Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Wild Horse Removal Ruling

The ruling dismissed a lawsuit asking the BLM to remove horses from some Nevada ranges to protect the ecologic balance. Read More

Colorado Authorities Seek Owner of Abandoned Horse

The horse, which appeared to be malnourished and losing hair due to a fungal infection, was found near Florence. Read More

Lawsuit Filed Over Allegedly Mishandled Stored Semen

An Arkansas women claims an equine reproduction facility mishandled semen from her now-deceased Missouri Fox Trotter. Read More

House Members Reintroduce PAST Act

Reps. Ted Yoho and Kurt Schrader introduced the legislation that would stiffen penalties for those convicted of soring. Read More

Petitioners Ask Trump to Lift UDSA Anti-Soring Rule Freeze

The USDA rule was one of several regulations approved but ultimately frozen after the administration change in January. Read More

Proposed West Virginia Bill Would Tax Veterinary Services

The legislation levy an 8% sales tax on fees charged by veterinarians for any treatment of small and large animals. Read More

Alabama Horse Shooter Sought

Authorities are hoping the public can help identify who shot two horses in the Punkin Center community of Morgan County. Read More

New Rule Tightens Canadian Horse Processing Imports

Regulations would require horses imported from the U.S. to be held in Canadian feedlots for a minimum of 6 months. Read More

Officials Seize More Than 40 Horses in Idaho

Authorities charged an Idaho couple each with 23 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Read More

Florida Wildfire Displaces More Than 100 Horses

More than 100 horses were displaced when wildfires swept through a neighborhood in Naples last week. Read More

Horse Remains Found in Mark Twain National Forest

The remains of the young horse were discovered on March 3. Read More

More Than 40 Horses Seized From New York Farm

The allegedly maltreated horses are among 150 animals investigators seized from the Watertown, New York, farm. Read More

Kentucky Equine Welfare Measure Advances

The legislation requires those convicted of equine cruelty to pay restitution for the animals' care. Read More

Single-Vehicle Crash Kills 19 Horses

The horses were killed when the trailer in which they were riding veered off the road and overturned in Mississippi. Read More

Housing Department Probes Service Horse Case

A Washington man was asked to remove a pony he allegedly used as a service animal from a residential neighborhood. Read More

Texas Authorities Seek Owner of Abandoned Mare

The Paint mare had a fractured right hind limb and was euthanized due to the severity of the injury. Read More

Some Horses Returned After Colorado Seizure

A judge ordered that 24 horses be returned to their owner while another 39 remain impounded. Read More

Lawmaker Wants Wild Horses Put Under States' Jurisdiction

Rep. Ken Ivory's resolution asks the federal government to control herd growth or relinquish jurisdiction of the horses. Read More

Massage Therapist Could Face Charges in Tennessee

Laurie Wheeler could be charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Read More

Congress Members Ask for Anti-Soring Rule Approval

Passed before Trump's administration took office, a clerical error led to the rule being put on hold, pending review. Read More

Senators Ask USDA to Restore Records on APHIS Website

The senators say the public has the right to know if the Horse Protection Act has been violated and by whom. Read More

BLM Calls Wild Horse Slaughter Article 'Fake News'

The BLM said its policy is to not slaughter horses "and there has been no congressional direction to the contrary." Read More