The Foundation For The Horse Awards $25,000 To Assist Veterinarians Involved In Australia Wildfire Relief

The Foundation for the Horse, which in mid-January issued a call for contributions through its Disaster Relief Fund to support veterinarians working with wildlife, horses and other livestock affected by the Australia wildfires, recently distributed $25,000 to the Australia Veterinary Association’s Benevolent Fund. The total, comprised of $15,000 in contributions and a Foundation match on […]

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Who Has Better Muscle Memory, Horses Or Humans?

What we call “muscle memory” involves consciously performing a specific action in an exact way repetitively so that the motor task is committed to memory and does not involve a direct thought process to take place each time the action is performed. “Muscle memory” is the nearly automatic action that serves a purpose. The term […]

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Harpist Quiets Distressed Horses Displaced By Australian Wildfires

Carol Booth, who lives in New South Wales Mid North Coast, is a certified therapeutic harp practitioner who also owns horses. Her home is close to where a bush fire broke out; she was forced to move her horses to the Wauchope Showground to keep them safe. One of Carol’s horses, Oscar, is blind and […]

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Equine Welfare Data Collective Releases Inaugural Report

The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC) is proud to announce the release of its September 2019 Report. The inaugural report contains an assessment of data from 2017 and the first half of 2018 of at-risk and transitioning equines and the organizations assisting them. The EWDC analyzed responses from 253 nonprofit, 501(c)(3), and municipal organizations across […]

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Additional EEE Case In Michigan; Aerial Spraying Continues

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed in an additional horse in St. Joseph County, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. To help combat the disease, which is carried by mosquitoes, more than 328,000 acres have been sprayed with insecticide dropped from planes. The most-recent equine case of EEE presented with symptoms on […]

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Ponies Without Pigment? Horses Get Vitiligo, Too

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that destroys skin melanocytes, causing depigmentation in humans, dogs, cats and horses, a well as in other species. Though unsightly, the condition is mainly cosmetic, though it may affect the value of competition animals. It mainly occurs near the head and face. First described in horses more than 3,500 years […]

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A Look Back At The FBI’s Most Wanted Race-Fixer, And The Trainer Who Tried To Catch Him

One night in 1998, longtime trainer George “Barney” Isaacs says he wore a wire and invited an armed felon into his apartment to help the FBI solve a horse racing mystery – and to get his hands on a $50,000 reward. Now, he wants his money.  In 1996, Isaacs’ near-four decade training career was all […]

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Groom Elite Program Offering Clinic At Keeneland In Early June

A limited number of spots remain open for the Horse Behavior and Handling clinic presented by Groom Elite at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. This clinic is designed to prepare participants to work with horses, with an emphasis on racehorses. For those that successfully complete this basic preparation, jobs are available at a track or […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Five Thursday Cards, Raises Non-Stakes Purses $10,000

Santa Anita Park has been forced to reduce its racing schedule over the next five weeks due to a lack of race-ready horses on the grounds, reports The Stronach Group-owned facility will cancel the next five Thursday programs, racing Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. “As we progress, we’ll see where we’re at,” said TSG’s […]

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