Experts Weigh In: Top Equine Welfare Issues

Recently, 19 equine welfare experts were asked what they felt the greatest threats were to equine welfare. Drs. Fiona Rioja-Lang, Melanie Connor, Heather Bacon and Cathy Dwyer complied the responses, which noted that welfare issues can come about from how horses are treated by their caregivers, where they live and their health. The expert’s background […]

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AAEP Publishes Glanders Guidelines

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines for the identification, control and prevention of Glanders, a contagious disease largely eradicated from the developed world but which has resurfaced recently with reported cases from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Although long eradicated in North […]

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Australian Vets Are A ‘Profession In Grief’ Over Bushfire Ramifications

Australian veterinarians are a “profession in grief” said Julia Crawford, President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Vets are dealing with intense grief over euthanizing the massive amounts of injured animals, dealing with the loss of income during what should be their busiest season and some are managing fire damage to their own communities and […]

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Victoria Trainer Proposes Industry-Led End-Of-Life Options For Retired Racehorses

Peter Moody, a former top trainer in Victoria, took to Twitter to encourage the racing industry to consider opening its own facility to humanely euthanize retired racehorses that cannot be rehomed because or soundness or behavioral issues. His tweet came in response to Racing Victoria’s statement that 2 percent of all prize money would go […]

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New Piroplasmosis Treatment Could Include Ellagic Acid

Ellagic acid in nanoparticles may be able to fight piroplasmosis in horses and other animals. Notoriously hard to treat, piroplasmosis is a protozoal infection that has no vaccination options–and treatment choices are limited. Spread by ticks, improperly sanitized surgical equipment or the reuse of needles, some regions of the world require euthanasia of the infected […]

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Can Proper Nutrition Reduce EHV-1 Risk? One Study Says Yes

Good nutrition and correct management seem to have the ability to largely downplay the effects of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) in horses, a new study out of Belgium shows. EHV-1 traditionally affects horses that are less than one year old; the virus resides in the upper respiratory tract, replicates and enters the bloodstream. EHV-1 […]

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New Service Making Equine End-Of-Life Decisions Easier

Scotland has piloted a new website to help horse owners with end-of-life decisions. The Equine End of Life Service is a nonprofit organization that provides options for euthanasia, removal and disposal. Created by the National Fallen Stock Company, the goal of the site is to provide simple, easy-to-understand information, removing some of the stress associated […]

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‘Moral Distress’ Rampant Among Veterinarians, Survey Finds

“Moral distress” is found to be widespread among veterinarians, a survey has found. Published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the survey had more than 800 veterinarian respondents, the majority of whom felt some ethical qualms about what pet owners asked them to do. Lead author Dr. Lisa Moses, a veterinarian with the Massachusetts […]

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Opinion: Euthanasia A Better Option Than Sale For Older, Infirm Equines

It can be seen every day, in all formats of social media, equine classifieds, flyers in tack shops and more: “Beloved, unrideable horse free to a good home.” Carol Phillips, writing for Horse & Hound, questions if posts like these are truly in the best interest of the horse. While she acknowledges that life circumstance […]

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