equine welfare

Blog: New York Races Defy State’s Task Force Safety Recommendations For Claimers

According to a blog post by Tom Noonan, New York racing officials are not following one of their own recommendations to improve equine safety. A task force formed in 2012 to examine the circumstances behind a spate of sudden deaths at Aqueduct determined, among many other things, that fatal injuries were more likely to occur […]

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The Question Of Horse Racing’s Survival: What Can Be Done To Help Tip The Scales?

In the wake of a rash of equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park last spring, horse racing insiders and fans have been asking each other for months: Will the sport survive this crisis?  The question was also a central focus of the annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law held Tuesday in Saratoga […]

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Colonial Downs Implements New Safety Protocols For Return To Racing

In restoring Thoroughbred racing in Virginia after a six-year hiatus, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the Virginia Racing Commission, today announced a comprehensive set of elevated safety and horse welfare procedures and protocols for its upcoming race meeting, which opens on August 8.   These broad-based protocols will encompass Pre-Race Examinations, Medication, Test Barn Procedures and […]

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Parkin: Stakeholder Buy-In Is Needed To Make Vet Records Part Of Equine Injury Database

Dr. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow, says there are still big blind spots in the Equine Injury Database. In an interview this week with The Horse magazine, Parkin highlighted the need for complete workout data (not just timed works, but length, date, and speed of slower works) and veterinary data […]

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ASPCA Grants More Than $250,000 To Help Rehabilitate And Retrain Retired Racehorses

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced it has granted $250,500 to twelve equine rescue groups to assist their efforts to rehabilitate and retrain retired racehorses. Launched in 2010, the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative has awarded over $2 million to prepare horses for new homes and second careers once […]

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Meet The ‘Safety Seven’: Del Mar’s Veterinarian Team Tasked With Protecting And Serving

Let’s call them the ‘Safety Seven.’ Granted, it’s not a grabber of a group name like the ‘Seven Samurai’ or the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ But the seven veterinarians on duty this summer at the behest of the California Horse Racing Board and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, under the direction of CHRB equine medical director Dr. […]

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U.S. House Passes Bill To Stop The Practice Of Soring In Horses

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act by a vote of 333 to 96. The measure seeks to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the torturous, painful practice of soring Tennessee Walking, Racking, and Spotted Saddle Horses. The intentional infliction of […]

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Report: Alborano Under Investigation By New Jersey Attorney General

In a two-part series published this week on NOLA.com, writer John Simerman revealed that ICareIHelp, the controversial and now-defunct rescue operation founded by Dina Alborano, is under investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Alborano, a New Jersey resident, gained considerable attention last year for crowdsourcing money to “bail” Thoroughbreds from the slaughter pipeline […]

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The Right Horse Initiative Awards $275,000 To Increase Adoptions In Appalachia

The Right Horse Initiative, a program of the WaterShed Animal Fund, has awarded $275,000 to Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue to significantly expand their support of at-risk horses in Appalachia. Heart of Phoenix, located in Huntington, West Virginia, has been helping horses in transition since 2012. The grant will allow them to make capital improvements, […]

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Commentary: The Problem With ‘Naming And Shaming’ In Horse Rescue

Everyone, step away from your keyboards for a moment.  If you spend any time on social media pages geared toward horse rescue, specifically rescue from the slaughter pipeline, chances are you’ve seen a comment pop up urging others to “name and shame” the person responsible for the horse’s predicament. What often happens next is the […]

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