equine welfare

Durenberger: Time To Change The Way We Think About The Public And Thoroughbred Welfare

The time has come to get comfortable talking about animal welfare. That’s one of the takeaways from a presentation at the 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Wagering Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this week. Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, attorney, veterinarian, and racing official, suggested racing insiders and fans are in the minority of […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Hands-On Equine Therapy

Physical therapy is a part of any professional athlete’s routine. It is quite common for those whose lives are dedicated to sports to get massages, acupuncture, chiropractic and a wide array of other forms of preventative and rehabilitative bodywork in order to maintain optimum performance. The same holds true for equine athletes. In this day […]

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House Committee Votes To Reverse Ban On Horse Slaughter

A vote by the House Appropriations Committee today might lay groundwork to bring horse slaughter back to the United States. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) pushed to renew what was effectively a ban on the practice, but was defeated by a 27-25 vote by the committee. (Detailed vote available here in  blog published by Humane Society […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Saddle Seeks Horse’

When you’ve got yourself a good horse, you want the world to know. Susan Friendland-Smith sure does, and through her award-winning blog, “Saddle Seeks Horse,” she shares him with the world. Friedland-Smith is the proud owner of Tiz a Knight, or “Knight,” a son of dual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow. Tiz a Knight was […]

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Lead Pony 101 Presented By Nupafeed: Learning To Lead

Last week the Paulick Report introduced a bay Thoroughbred gelding named “Trajan,” observing the process as the 4-year-old began his transition from a racing career to that of a lead pony. Trey immediately proved his disposition and sensibility make him an ideal candidate for the job, and the kind-eyed youngster picked up on his early […]

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International Forum For The Aftercare Of Racehorses Concludes First Meeting

International advocates for equine aftercare emphasized owner responsibility and humane treatment in addition to sharing insights on retirement programs for horses whose racing or breeding careers have ended during the two day International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), which held its first conference in Washington, D.C., on May 17 and 18, 2017. The […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Summer Camp Life

Summer camp can be a life-changing experience for a child. Often it is the first time they’ve been away from their family for a prolonged period other than school and the experience can play a key role in helping them find their identity. At Forrestel Riding Camp, an international all-girls overnight English riding camp between […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Teaching And Learning

Last Sunday during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, a retraining and adoption facility for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, took full advantage of a prime location on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds to showcase the facility and horses to the masses at the inaugural Omelette and Mimosa Brunch.  In addition to brunch, the event […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Don’t Discount The ‘War Horse’

All too often Thoroughbred trainer, off-track Thoroughbred agent and OTTB advocate Mary Tate hears the same description from clients looking to purchase a horse off the racetrack as a riding or competition mount.  “We’re looking for something between the ages of three and five years old with less than 20 starts,” horse shoppers tell her […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Rescue Of ‘Hopes And Dreams’

Serene Queen was a blue collar horse through and through. While she raced almost exclusively in the claiming ranks, she earned her keep and then some, banking nearly $240,000 in her 50-race career. While her 49th race in January of 2015 saw her visit the winner’s circle for the 14th time, it also resulted in […]

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