equine welfare

New App To Track Trends In Horse Behavior, Expected To Impact Equine Welfare

The bond between horses and humans, and horse behavior, has intrigued both scientists and equine enthusiasts alike for centuries. The knowledge base that currently reigns is a mix of practical information and myth. Researchers at the University of Sydney have launched a questionnaire to create a global database of equine behavior; both veterinarians and horse […]

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‘No Way The Industry Can Defend This’: Television Report Shines Light On Slaughter Of Australian OTTBs

In 2016, Australian authorities put a new program in place to begin tracking location and usage of Thoroughbreds before, during, and after their time on the racetrack. In New South Wales, that tracking system was supposed to help officials enforce a ban on sending off-track horses to slaughter. A two-year investigation by ABC News released […]

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The Good People For Good Horses Awards Recognizes Eight Recipients

The Right Horse Initiative’s first annual Good People for Good Horses Awards recognized eight recipients who have made outstanding contributions to equine adoption and welfare efforts. Each recipient has dedicated their time and talents to helping horses in transition through varying capacities as horse industry professionals, volunteers or advocates. The awards were created to recognize […]

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Industry, Animal Rights Activists React To Photo Of Thoroughbred In West Virginia Landfill

Local law enforcement and horsemen’s groups are investigating the presence of a Thoroughbred’s body in a landfill near Mountaineer Racetrack and Resort in late September. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement this week and graphic photos of the body, which was that of a chestnut wearing rundown bandages.  PETA alleges […]

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Remington Park Groom Hit With Five Counts Of Animal Cruelty After Horses Found With Lacerations

A groom at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla.,has been charged with animal cruelty after police say he was involved in attacking five horses in their stalls. Dakota Wilburn, 25, was charged in connection with the attacks, which resulted in lacerations to all five horses. Police say they have video evidence as part of the […]

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Sport Horse World Questioning Use Of Compounded Drug After Reports Of Sudden Deaths

Medroxyprogesterone acetate, also known as medroxy or MPA, is a compounded version of Depo-Provera, a human contraceptive. This drug has been used for years in the sport horse industry, believed to calm fractious horses and prevent estrus in mares (though research shows it actually has no impact on estrus). As a calming medication, medroxy is […]

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Michigan Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Ex-Racehorses Found ‘Emaciated’

Officials in Michigan have charged Jenny Barbeau, 44, of Freeland, Mich., with two animal cruelty counts related to 12 emaciated horses they say were found on Barbeau’s property. The horses, which local ABC 12 reported were ex-racehorses, were found in such poor shape that one of them had to be euthanized. Barbeau was charged with […]

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Specter Of Santa Anita Looms As IFHA Conference Discusses Equine Welfare

Although the spike in fatal breakdowns at this spring’s Santa Anita meet were months ago and thousands of miles away, they were very much on the minds of attendees at the 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities today in Paris. The afternoon of the conference was devoted entirely to equine welfare, with a series of […]

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IFHA Conference: Public Perceptions Of Racing, Horse Welfare Major Topics

The 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will be held on the 7th of October 2019 in Paris, France. Horse welfare and public perception will be the main focus of the Conference, while other subjects to be covered include a trainer’s panel on international racing experiences […]

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Test Event To Provide Guidelines For Olympic Equine Athletes

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo pose a unique challenge to equestrian sport: the climate. Notoriously hot and humid, the welfare of the competing equine athletes is of great concern to the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international horse sport. To help anticipate potential issues and to ensure the safety of the horses […]

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