Supporters of Kentucky SB 139 respond to their critics in Blood-Horse article

FRANKFORT, KY — Kentuckians please take action. In an article posted online by the Blood-Horse [1] it states: A Kentucky bill that would uniformly designate horses as livestock has been approved by both houses of the legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Matt Bevin. Once the legislation (SB 139) becomes law, it would provide… Continue reading Supporters of Kentucky SB 139 respond to their critics in Blood-Horse article

Kentucky bill reducing horses to livestock sent to Governor to sign into law

FRANKFORT, KY — Take action. Contact Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin saying you OPPOSE SB 139 becoming law. On March 15, 2017, SB 139, the Kentucky State Bill reducing horses to livestock — removing what precious few protections they have — was sent to the Governor's Office to sign into law. Kentucky already has an abysmal record when it comes to… Continue reading Kentucky bill reducing horses to livestock sent to Governor to sign into law

Uncommonly good comments on Kentucky bill SB139

In addition to the many excellent thoughts expressed on Tuesday's Horse here are uncommonly good comments that stood out to us concerning SB139 the bill reclassifying horses as livestock. “KEEP is just another pro-slaughter organization cloaked in the name of care and education by the racing community. Terribly disappointed they don't value their horses enough… Continue reading Uncommonly good comments on Kentucky bill SB139

Safe Haven takes in horses during Matthew

Reported by KHOU-TV, Ch. 11, Houston, Texas HIGH POINT, NC -- As people on the coast prepare for Hurricane Matthew, volunteers at Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement are preparing for more horses. The rescue is taking in horses that are in Matthew's path. They already have six on the way and are expecting even… Continue reading Safe Haven takes in horses during Matthew

Competition Horse Medication Ethics, Part 2 of 2

By SID GUSTAFSON, DVM Practitioner/Equine Behaviour Educator, Bozeman, MT Part 2 of 2 Sound horses properly prepared have little need for pre-competition medication. Unsound or behaviorally dysfunctional horses require rehabilitation that restores soundness before training and competition are resumed. All horses need to be professionally prepared physically and behaviorally to endure the task asked of… Continue reading Competition Horse Medication Ethics, Part 2 of 2

Competition Horse Medication Ethics, Part 1 of 2

By SID GUSTAFSON, DVM Practitioner/Equine Behaviour Educator, Bozeman, MT Part 1 of 2 Appreciation of the evolved nature and behavior of horses provides the foundation for the veterinary care of equine athletes. The establishment of a veterinary patient client relationship (VCPR) is instrumental in providing ethical care for the competition horse. Ethical veterinary practice supports… Continue reading Competition Horse Medication Ethics, Part 1 of 2