horse rescue

Louisiana Case Suggests Gaps Remain In Racetrack Anti-Slaughter Policies

When Louisiana state health officials began dealing with the EHV-1 outbreak at Fair Grounds in January, part of the task was working backwards after a new case cropped up to find all horses that may have been exposed to the illness. As state animal health officials did their detective work, it’s unlikely they imagined an […]

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Abandoned Pack Horse Survives Six Weeks Alone In Snowy Wyoming

A 6-year-old pack horse that had fallen ill during last November’s hunting season was left to survive on her own for 6 weeks in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. As the outfitters traveling with her had to get the loaded pack strings out of the wolf-rich forest, the mare was left to fend for herself after […]

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When Rescues Go Bad, Veterinarians Should Be Ready To Help

As social media brings together more animal lovers and homeless horses than ever, authorities across the country are seeing an increase in the number of rescue situations gone bad. At the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in Orlando, Fla., a panel of experts devoted an entire afternoon to helping veterinarians understand the legal […]

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Three Mares Found With Lip Tattoos Burned Off, Pennsylvania SPCA Investigating

The Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating a case of cruelty after three Thoroughbred mares were purchased from the New Holland Horse Auction in Pennsylvania this week with their lip tattoos damaged. Veterinarians believe acid was used to burn the upper lips of the three horses, apparently to obscure the tattoo numbers. According to Kelly Smith, director […]

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Carolina Man Puts A Face On Complex Horse Slaughter Issue

Nine years after the shutdown of horse slaughter facilities in the United States, the controversy surrounding equine welfare and human consumption of horse meat is different, but not gone. The Citizen-Times explored the topic of slaughter, rescue, and welfare with a feature early in June centering on Justin Scott White, 26, of Polk County, North Carolina, who runs the […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: When Helping Is Hurting

On June 4, Doug O’Neill Racing Stable was contacted about a horse on an auction lot in Pennsylvania that was in danger of being sent to slaughter. The horse, identified as Dr. Mohrbacher, had been purchased for a client of O’Neill’s as a 2-year-old in training in 2006 and subsequently made three starts under O’Neill’s […]

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Forty-Two Horses Seized In Virginia Neglect Case, Some For Second Time

Some 42 horses were seized from New Beginnings Horse Rescue in King William County, Va., this week after officials there received multiple complaints of horses with no access to food or water. Six of those 42 horses had been seized as part of a neglect case at Peaceable Farm in Orange County and rehomed with New […]

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Teenager Rides Horse To Safety, Escaping Wildfire

In an effort to escape a growing wildfire, a 16-year-old saddled up her Quarter Horse and rode through bumper-to-bumper traffic in Alberta this week. Jada Polem and her family were forced to evacuate their home near Fort McMurray and were able to secure a trailer for two of the family’s three horses. When it became […]

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Volunteers Help Rescue Horses From Texas Flooding

Rapidly-rising flood waters near Houston, TX trapped several horses on Darolyn Butler’s farm, Cypress Hills Equestrian. The only way to get them out, reported abcnews.go.com, was to swim them across the a river which rose 30 feet in less than 18 hours. “Most of the horses that were evacuated to the south got to a […]

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Close Call: Horse Rescued By Lifeboat In Ireland

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) rescue crew in Ireland was called on to save an exhausted yearling that had been swept down the flooded Nenagh River toward Lough Derg, a freshwater lake. It took some time to locate the horse, but once found, the crew tried to encourage him to swim toward shore. The horse […]

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