equine welfare

Chicken Houses And Horse Rescue: A Complicated Tale

Several days after New Year’s, New Jersey resident Dina Alborano posted a video on social media of a crowd of horses jogging down a livestock chute somewhere in Louisiana, imploring her followers on Twitter to donate money to prevent the horses from shipping to a slaughterhouse in Mexico. The cost to purchase 11 horses and […]

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Straight From The Horse’s Mouth: Is He Happy?

Good equine welfare may not be as easy to determine as we think, says Dr. Natalie Waran, who lectured at the 2017 International Society for Equitation Science conference. Equine welfare involves physical, mental, behavioral and emotional considerations, Waran said. The only way to truly be sure the horse is experiencing good welfare is to understand […]

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Bisphosphonates, Fatality Risk Factors Hot Topics At ARCI Welfare Forum

Bisphosphonates — a class of drugs that prevent the bone-density loss —might have some therapeutic value for older racehorses but speakers at the Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity warned of the potential harm caused by such treatments for young horses such yearlings and 2-year-olds.   That was among the takeaways from Wednesday’s Animal Welfare […]

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Vet Student Arrested, Accused Of Running Scam On Horse Owners

Fox5 Atlanta reports that Fallon Blackwood, 23, of Tuskegee, Ala., has been arrested after horse owners say she scammed them. Blackwood was arrested on the campus of Tuskegee University and now awaits extradition to North Carolina on a felony charge of attaining property by false pretenses. The charge came after police received complaints from owners […]

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Kentucky Horse Council Announces Dates For 2018 Livestock Investigation Training

The Kentucky Horse Council’s Livestock Investigation Training is back this spring and will be held at two locations across Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and Morehead State University. Registration for both training’s is now open to all county and state officials, such as Animal Control Officers, Sheriffs, and Police Officers. Developed by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) […]

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Porter Launches Organization To Address Slaughter Pipeline, Equine Welfare

Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter has launched a new group aimed at keeping Thoroughbreds out of the slaughter pipeline and improving racetrack safety. Porter told The Blood-Horse his National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization will begin its work with a focus on Louisiana kill pens. Porter voiced concern about the growing business model of kill pens holding […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Turning For Home’ And Still Going Strong

Last week, in our first in a three-part series spotlighting the good that’s being done in the realm of aftercare in the Pennsylvania racing industry, we featured New Start, which has changed the approach to racehorse retirement and become a trusted resource for many trainers on the backside of Penn National. This week we’re switching […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Equine Hostages?

As we reported earlier this week, a case in Texas exemplifies the growing business of “kill” buyers purchasing horses at public auction for inflated prices and then advertising them on social media in order to extract “bail” from equine rescue advocates who want to prevent horses from going to slaughter in Canada or Mexico. In this […]

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Texas Case Reveals Tricky ‘Business’ Of Horse Slaughter Rescue

Sonny Ellen of Bryan, Texas, is 82, a bail bondsman by trade for nearly a half century, and a lifelong horse owner. Two weeks ago, Ellen said he was blindsided when he got a call from Mindy Willis, his trainer at Sam Houston Race Park, saying track management told her Ellen had been banned for […]

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Smart Whips Could Catch What Human Eyes Can’t

There are a few things you count on in horse racing regulation and one of them is that whip rules will always be up for debate. Animal welfare groups and some race followers claim the presence and use of the whip alienates potential racing fans. Jockeys come down on both sides of the issue – […]

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