Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Roby, Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions Manager, Dies at 62

March 18, 2011

Cathy Roby, who oversaw the care of such retired horses as John Henry, Forego, Bold Forbes, Cigar, Alysheba, Kona Gold, and Da Hoss at the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, died March 16 in Lexington, Ky., after suffering a stroke on ... Read More

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Oregon Authorities Probe Wild Horse Shootings

March 18, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of three wild horses, including a pregnant mare, at the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville. The animals were among a herd of about 60 wild horses in ... Read More

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Leadership Defends Organization

March 18, 2011

Leadership of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) on March 18 defended the organization from allegations of neglect among some horses under the care of the equine retirement program and said it was continuing to work to fulfill its mission. ... Read More

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Investigation of Unexplained Neurologic Cases in Australia Halted

March 17, 2011

The investigation into a number of undiagnosed and unexplained neurologic clinical signs present in some Australian horses was halted March 15 due to a strike at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the ... Read More

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Extent of Damage to Japan's Equine Industry Remains Unclear

March 16, 2011

Little new information has surfaced about the effect the March 11 earthquake and tsunami had on the Japanese equine industry. As previously reported, much of Japan's Thoroughbred breeding industry--most of which is located on the island of Hokkaido... Read More

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BLM Seeks Private Sector Partners for Eco-Sanctuary Development

March 16, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals from private-sector individuals and organizations interested in developing sanctuaries for wild mustangs and burros currently residing in agency managed long-term holding facilities.... Read More

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Readers Battle High Gas Prices

March 15, 2011

Exactly 590 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How have rising gas prices affected your horse activities?" ... Read More

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Alltech's 2011 International Symposium to Rein in Equine Industry Experts

March 15, 2011

Few animals possess as long a history with humans as horses. From work to war and play to performance, these animals have claimed the hearts of many individuals around the globe. Alltech wishes to attract these equine enthusiasts to its ... Read More

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Maryland Couple Sentenced in Equine Cruelty Case

March 15, 2011

A Maryland man was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect of 26 horses removed from his Garrett County property last year. Last week under a plea agreement Richard Friend pleaded ... Read More

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FEI: National Federations Request More Time to Review Restructuring Plans

March 14, 2011

Following requests from national federations, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has agreed to extend the period of consultation on new FEI Statutes that would allow for restructuring of the current FEI governance model. The vote on ... Read More

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Texas Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

March 14, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Guadalupe County, Texas are seeking those responsible for fatally shooting a registered Paint mare earlier this month. The animal was discovered dead in its Seguin, Texas pasture on March 3. The mare, who was in foal ... Read More

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Orphan Foals Require Immediate Critical Care

March 13, 2011

If a foal is orphaned at birth, he'll require critical care within the first few hours of life. Unfortunately, this leaves little time for an unprepared owner to learn about providing essential support to an orphan.... Read More

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Breeders' Cup: KHRC Rules on Life At Ten Incident

March 11, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) voted there was probable cause to believe that both jockey John Velazquez and chief state steward John Veitch were in violation of regulations regarding Life At Ten's participation in the 2010 Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Breeders' Cup: Life At Ten Should Have Undergone Post-Race Testing

March 11, 2011

In reviewing the circumstances surrounding Life At Ten's subpar performance in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) has concluded that the filly should have ... Read More

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Squires Named University of Kentucky Equine Initiative Director

March 11, 2011

Ed Squires, MS, PhD, Hon. Dipl. ACT, a pioneer in equine research, has been named the University of Kentucky (UK) Equine Initiative director and Dickson Professor of Equine Science and Management, assuming his new duties starting April 1. Squires, a ... Read More

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TheHorse.com Wins Two Equestrian Social Media Awards

March 11, 2011

In the inaugural Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMA), TheHorse.com took home top honors in the "Best Use of Twitter, International" and the "Most Informative, International" categories, and third place in the "Best Use of Facebook, International" ... Read More

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Comparing Bute and Firocoxib Safety (AAEP 2010)

March 10, 2011

The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) firocoxib had fewer side effects than phenylbutazone in horses after 42 days of treatment, according to scientists from Merial Limited who presented comparative research results at the 2010 Convention ... Read More

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New Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Adoption Program a Success

March 10, 2011

The partnership between the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is fully up and running. The program started taking horses in November and to date has taken in 24 horses. ... Read More

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Legislators Aim to End Shortage of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

March 10, 2011

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauds U.S. Senators Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, for introducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. The bipartisan legislation will help the country ... Read More

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Equine Welfare Issues: An Overview (AAEP 2010)

March 09, 2011

One of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. During a presentation at the 2010 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Midge Leitch, VMD, ... Read More

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Chairman of Kentucky Equine Education Project Resigns

March 09, 2011

Brereton Jones, who has served as chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) since it was formed in May 2004, has resigned from his position. KEEP was formed with the purpose to educate Kentucky residents on the importance of the horse ... Read More

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BLM to Webcast Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting

March 09, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that the March 10-11 Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., will be accessible as a webcast on the Internet for anyone interested in observing the meeting but unable to attend... Read More

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Economic Impact of Osteoarthritis and Joint Health Supplements (AAEP 2010)

March 08, 2011

Osteoarthritis is expensive to manage, with estimated annual costs as high as $10,000-15,000 per horse to diagnose, treat, and medicate, explained Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, director of the Orthopedic Research Center at Colo... Read More

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Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Equine Seminar Set for April 16

March 08, 2011

Horse enthusiasts looking to pick up the latest cost-effective, science-based information on managing their animals can register now to attend the April 16 "Key Steps to Revitalizing Your Equine Partner" seminar in Cherokee, Okla. The Oklahoma ... Read More

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Readers Wage War on Muddy Pastures

March 08, 2011

More than 460 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you manage mud around your barn?"... Read More