The dark side of Bob Baffert’s reign

“No horse loving person like Bob or his entire team accepts the reality of a horse death with anything other than sadness and despair,” the lawyers said in their statement. “In each instance, the death is investigated. Every investigation over the past 20 years has reached the same conclusion: no rules or regulations have been… Continue reading The dark side of Bob Baffert’s reign

Horse racing must do away with tongue-ties

A horse's mouth is opened wide for the application of a tongue-tie.

Tongue-ties are banned in most non-racing sports by the international governing body of equestrian sports, Federation Equestre Internationale, so you will not see them in events like show-jumping, dressage and eventing. Tongue-ties are used in horse racing around the world in varying degrees, and require no veterinary oversight. A tongue-tie is a large elastic band… Continue reading Horse racing must do away with tongue-ties

Ex-racehorses to be rehomed rather than slaughtered under new Queensland plan

An undercover investigation by ABC's 7.30 programme allegedly found hundreds of racehorses being slaughtered in Australia every year after retiring. ( ABC 7.30 )An undercover investigation by ABC's 7.30 programme allegedly found hundreds of racehorses being slaughtered in Australia every year after retiring. ( ABC 7.30 )

ABATTOIR TO BE LAST RESORT Queensland racehorse owners will have to prove they have tried to rehome their animals multiple times before they can apply to send them to slaughter, under recommendations set to be implemented by the State Government. Key points: An independent inquiry made 37 recommendations to reduce horse slaughterA racehorse rehoming scheme… Continue reading Ex-racehorses to be rehomed rather than slaughtered under new Queensland plan

Why we call for an end to U.S. horse racing

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

We call for an end to U.S. horse racing because it is past reforming. The horse has bolted. Additionally, there appears to be no one in American horse racing genuinely interested in, or knowledgeable and capable of, reforming it. If we are wrong then show us who they are, what they purport to do and… Continue reading Why we call for an end to U.S. horse racing

That’s what freedom looks like

Grey Mustang Stallion by Randy Harris. See randyharrisphoto.com.

by VIVIAN FARRELL My Dad was a single parent. He took me with him everywhere. One of those places was Las Vegas. There wasn't a lot for a 15 year old to do in Las Vegas. So when I asked him what I was going to do while we were there, he said something like,… Continue reading That’s what freedom looks like

Horse Race Insider’s Note to Racing: No More Mixed Messages

We note a few quotes and write in response to a Horse Race Insider's article, "Note to Racing: No More Mixed Messages." Quote: "Aside from seeing an occasional news broadcast, the public has little to no interest in the game." We Say: Because horse racing has little to no interest in the public. This is… Continue reading Horse Race Insider’s Note to Racing: No More Mixed Messages

The true celebration will be when we end horse soring

The 75th Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee on August 29, 2013. HSUS.

Take action to eliminate horse soring and "big lick" animal cruelty. Elizabeth Fite, reporting for the Times Free Press writes: The biggest competition for the Tennessee walking horse breed begins Wednesday in Shelbyville, Tennessee. For some, the 11-day Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration — often called the Celebration — embodies the best of the breed and… Continue reading The true celebration will be when we end horse soring

Omak Suicide Race — Murder on Horses

It has been called "The Deadliest Horse Race in the World". Each year in mid summer, a small town in Eastern Washington State, called Omak, proudly promotes an event named "The World Famous Suicide Race," considered the marquee event at the four-day Omak Stampede rodeo. Omak straddles the border of the Colville Reservation, home of… Continue reading Omak Suicide Race — Murder on Horses

Take Action for Racehorses — Oppose H.R. 1754

Dr. Sheila Lyons, DVM, the founder and director of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, writing about H.R. 1754 (The Horse Racing Integrity Act), warns of the following. It mirrors our thinking and also the reason we object to this bill and are lobbying so strongly against it. "This proposed legislation ultimately… Continue reading Take Action for Racehorses — Oppose H.R. 1754

California Governor steps in to protect racehorses

California Governor Gavin Newsom Thursday announced his support for SB 469, which would authorize the California Horse Racing Board to suspend horse racing licenses to protect the health and safety of horses and riders, reports the Pasadena Star-News: “The recent horse fatalities in California are unacceptable,” Newsom said in a statement. “We must hold the… Continue reading California Governor steps in to protect racehorses