welfare

UPenn’s Semi-Wild Pony Herd Helps Domestic Equines

Dr. Sue McDonnell, a board-certified applied animal behaviorist and founding head of the Equine Behavior Program and Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, established a semi-feral pony herd at UPenn’s New Bolton Center 25 years ago. Kept on 50 acres, the ponies are not handled, and breed and socialize as […]

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Racing Victoria Makes $25 Million Commitment To Thoroughbred Aftercare

Racing Victoria (RV) announced on Monday a $25 million plan dedicated to the welfare of Victorian Thoroughbreds with an immediate focus on their post-racing wellbeing. The landmark commitment will fund the first three years of an ongoing program to accelerate and expand RV’s Equine Welfare Strategic Plan. RV also called on all sectors of the racing […]

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Rider Weight And Equine Welfare: A Hot-Button Issue

Previous scientific studies have shown that horses have negative physiological responses and abnormal gait symmetry when they carry what are deemed “heavier” riders, which are those where the horse:rider weight ratio increases from 25 to 30 percent. New research spearheaded by Janne Winther Christensen, from Aarhus University in Denmark, was presented at the 2019 International […]

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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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EQUUS Foundation Awards Over $405,000 In Grants In 2019

The EQUUS Foundation announced today the award of over $405,000 in grants, including $136,000 in awards of new and gently used riding apparel to individual riders in need, scholastic riding programs, pony clubs, equestrian camp programs and equine charities through The Rider’s Closet program. Primary support is awarded to equine charities nationwide that save and […]

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Study: Common Equine Management Methods Harm Horse Health

Confining horses to individual stalls is a common form of equine management around the world, though this means of living is contrary to a horse’s natural instincts to live in a herd, exercise and eat nearly constantly. Researchers from France investigated 12 housing and management factors to determine what effect, if any, they had on […]

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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology?

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or if it is simply a […]

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Harper: Del Mar Working Hard ‘To Put The Safety And Interest Of The Horses First’

Joe Harper is CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In April, Tiger Woods completed an amazing comeback to win the Masters. According to the Nielsen television ratings, 18.3 million people watched the final holes and Tiger get another green jacket. A few weeks later, when Country House was made the winner of the Kentucky […]

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Dr. Mary Scollay New Executive Director, COO Of Racing Medication And Testing Consortium

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has hired Dr. Mary Scollay as its next executive director and chief operating officer. In her new role, which she assumes August 5, Dr. Scollay will be charged with the advancement of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, promotion of RMTC-recommended rules and penalties for prohibited substances and therapeutic […]

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