Every Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to share some good news in the horse world: spotlighting an organization or individual doing good work, or developments that will improve life for horses.
What are bisphosphonates, and why are they suddenly in the headlines? This class of drugs is intended to treat horses with symptoms of navicular syndrome — but off-label use may be doing more harm than good. The racing industry is beginning to fight back against such off-label use.
The Stronach Group, the owner of Santa Anita Park, has issued a statement promising sweeping changes to California racing after a 22nd horse broke down on the main track this morning. There have been no further statements issued about the surface of the track itself.
Since the Santa Anita meet opened on December 26, 21 horses have died while training or racing on the main and turf tracks. After another fatality on March 5, the track announced it would be closed indefinitely for evaluation.
In a positive move recognizing the importance of schooling shows and the base of support for the sport of dressage among schooling show riders, the USDF recently announced a new Regional Schooling Show Awards Program.
If you’ve seen links going around about a number of Thoroughbreds going up for internet auction, wonder no more — they’re the equine bystanders of a longstanding fraudulent scheme called “Silver Pool.”
Identical to bills introduced in previous sessions of Congress since 2013, the SAFE Act would outlaw the export of horses for slaughter on the basis that horse meat is a health hazard, based on the medications horses receive.
The bill (S-455) was introduced by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and would require horse auctions to publish online identifying marks of horses 72 hours prior to sale, including microchips, tattoos and brands.
Justice the horse sued his abuser in Oregon court due to ongoing pain and suffering, but a circuit court tossed out the case due to a horse being a “non-human animal.” The Animal Legal Defense Fund appealed earlier this week.
After her initial arrest last April on a warrant from North Carolina, Fallon Blackwood has again been arrested, this time to face indictment in Alabama for obtaining horses under false pretenses and likely selling them to slaughter.
The bill would require auctions and sales to keep records of transaction for at least five years, and network with national and local rescues to ensure that horses have not been reported missing or stolen.
Also called “swamp cancer,” this relatively rare infection is neither fungus nor cancer but mimics aspects of both — and the famous Chincoteague ponies have been battling pythiosis for months, putting this infection in the spotlight for horse owners.
With current estimates stating that 20-50% of stalled horses develop asthma, Purdue University’s study on dust levels in forage could be a real game-changer. Noelle Maxwell speaks with the research team to learn more.