Horse Welfare

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Well, That Didn’t Go As Planned

The past several years we’ve closed out the final installment of the Aftercare Spotlight by focusing on resolutions that equestrians and horsemen (and women!) can contemplate adopting as their own. It’s also one of the few times during the year (some years the only time) that I press pause on covering other horses, people and […]

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Societal Perception Of Horses In Sport Must Be Addressed, Says Equine Charity CEO

Roly Owers of the World Horse Welfare recommends that the equestrian community be cognizant of how the public views the use of horses in equestrian sport, reports HorseTalk. Addressing the Fédération Equestre Internationale  (FEI) General Assembly, Owers recommended that equestrian sport pursue a social license, which is an unwritten, non-binding contract that means society gives horse sport […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘So Much To Offer’ Well Beyond Racing

The best teachers are those whose lessons not only stick, they last a lifetime. They have wisdom to share and they convey it in a way that’s easy to receive, often simplifying what might otherwise be complicated or overwhelming. For former polo player and current CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Eric […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Puerto Rico’s Equine Recovery In Transition

Over the past few weeks, as the best horses in the world were competing and selling for millions of dollars on the sport’s biggest stages, our friends in Puerto Rico have been making progress in their recovery from Hurricane Maria. As far as they’ve come, there is still so much that needs to be done. […]

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The Skinny On Jumping To Conclusions On Social Media Posts

Social media is nothing if not polarizing, for everything from politics to horse shows to how to handle a family issue. A horse that lives in Pittston, Maine was at the center of an online controversy last week, with many Facebook users saying that the animal is too skinny and indicating they were concerned for […]

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‘Extreme Breeding’ Of One Arabian Sparks Controversy, Welfare Concerns

A somewhat unusually-built Arabian horse are sparking controversy and leading many horse owners to question “extreme breeding,” according to a report by The Guardian. Photos recently surfaced of a 9-month-old colt named El Rey Magnum, who reportedly has one of the most extreme dished faces veterinarians have ever seen. Reportedly worth “several million dollars,” the horse […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: To The Rescue In Puerto Rico

America has been hit hard by natural disasters over the past few months, but few places, if any, have felt Mother Nature’s wrath more than Puerto Rico. On September 20, in one fell swoop, everything collapsed. Not just trees, homes and other structures, but power grids, communications channels and dependable food and water sources. Not […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Llama’ In Waiting

It was on August 2, 2012 that Alysse Jacobs first heard his name. She was working in Horsemen’s Relations for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) when a name on the entry list caught her eye. Making his first start was a Todd Pletcher trainee by the name of Notacatbutallama. “The name was so ridiculous […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Barrel Of Surprises

To look at Pat’s Paradise without his tack, you’d be hard-pressed to guess where his specialty lies. Standing every bit of 17.1 hands tall, Pat’s Paradise is a long, leggy dark bay gelding that looks as though he’d be right at home galloping over long distances on the cross-country course or springing over fences. What […]

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