equine welfare

Retired racehorses, trainers begin Trainer Challenge

On Saturday, January 21 three Thoroughbred racehorses showed a packed house at the Maryland Horse World Expo why it is that they are America’s most beloved breed. It was the break from the gate for the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s (RRTP) Trainer Challenge. Three professional trainers now have five weeks to work with three horses […]

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OTTB Showcase: Bayou Brass (a.k.a Iggy)

A few weeks ago we were approached by Jen Roytz, the marketing and communications director for Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., about a project that is close to her heart: off-track Thoroughbreds, better known as OTTBs. The Paulick Report has focused on numerous organizations that serve as the interim stop for Thoroughbreds leaving the […]

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Owner/breeder Paul Saylor issues matching gift challenge for TRF

Thoroughbred owner and breeder Paul Saylor has issued a matching gift challenge to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  From now through February 29, Saylor will match any gift, of any size, to the “Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Saylor Challenge”, up to $50,000.00 in total.  The funds will be used specifically to support the daily needs of […]

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Man guilty of horse soring sentenced to write newspaper article

In addition to receiving one year’s probation, a Tennessee man who pled guilty in a federal horse soring case has been sentenced to write a newspaper article about the illegal practice.  Soring involves placing bolts on a horse’s hooves or using irritants to make the gait more pronounced at horse shows. Paul Blackburn of Shelbyville, […]

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Tennessee horse trailer crash brings charges, more investigation

The driver of a semi that flipped over while carrying three dozen horses in Tennessee this week faces multiple charges, and the owner of the horses is now being investigated as well.  Three horses died after the trailer flipped over on Interstate 40 Monday night.  Driver Mance Frank Reed was charged with unsafe operation of […]

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Trailer hauling 36 horses flips over in Tennessee, investigation ensues

Authorities in Tennessee are investigating an accident involving a semi transporting three dozen horses Monday night.  The highway patrol says the driver hauling the single-level trailer fell asleep, and the truck flipped over.  Three horses were euthanized at the scene.  Another was treated for injuries. The owner of the animals, Dorian Ayache, denied rumors that […]

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Ex-racehorse saved from slaughter, barn fire wins USEF Horse of the Year

The United States Equestrian Federation has named Neville Bardos its 2011 Horse of the Year, and what a story this 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding could tell.  Neville was foaled at one of Australia’s premier stud farms but couldn’t do much on the racetrack.  At the end of his racing career, Neville was purchased by rider Boyd […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Vaccine Program Eases Financial Burden

One of the biggest challenges facing horse retirement and retraining operations – the cost of vaccines – was made a great deal easier a few years ago when the American Association of Equine Practitioners and global health care leader Merck Animal Health teamed up to form the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign. The campaign, started […]

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Group of Louisiana Thoroughbreds get check-up, expected to survive

About two dozen of the Thoroughbreds found malnourished on a Louisiana farm were thoroughly examined Thursday by doctors from Louisiana State University.  The horses were relocated from a farm in Sabine Parish whose owner has been charged with animal cruelty after dozens of racehorses were discovered in terrible condition.  The Times-Picayune writes: “Dr. Frank Andrews, […]

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