Ukraine horses in the news

There is not much news about horses in the Ukraine, but we did find a bit. Support for Ukraine equestrian community A FEI Solidarity relief fund of 1 million Swiss Francs (£813,760) is being allocated to help the equestrian community in Ukraine. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian federation and neighbouring countries to… Continue reading Ukraine horses in the news

Silver medal winning Olympic horse seized

Dutch rider Gerco Schroder heads toward an Olympic silver medal aboad London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/

Well, we know that three gold medal winning dressage horses at the 2012 Olympics in London are for sale, reasons unknown except perhaps they have accomplished all they were set out to do. Now a silver medal winning show jumper named London finds himself in a spot of bother along with some other horses belonging… Continue reading Silver medal winning Olympic horse seized

Cloned horses good enough for Olympics but not Thoroughbred racing

Teresa Genaro. TurfBloggers image.

Teresa Genaro writing for Forbes Magazine states: Last month, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced a change in its position on cloned equine athletes. Thoroughbred racing is unlikely to soon follow suit. The Jockey Club, which is the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in the United States, Canada,… Continue reading Cloned horses good enough for Olympics but not Thoroughbred racing

FEI decides that cloned horses may compete in the 2012 London Olympics

Foal cloned from grand prix champion gelding ET. Laurent Cipriani/AFP/Getty Images.

When it comes to equine exploitation, a surefire red flag for us is when competition organizers decide to put equine welfare on their agendas. Equine welfare is mentioned in the latest hot topic -- the FEI's decision to accept cloned horses in the 2012 London Olympics. Here's what a report by states about that:… Continue reading FEI decides that cloned horses may compete in the 2012 London Olympics

I’ll Have Another . . . shock wave therapy treatment please

I'll Have Another wins the 2012 Ky Derby. Matthew Stockman / Getty Images.

Written by JANE ALLIN News of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, I’ll Have Another, undergoing extracorporeal (outside the body) shock wave therapy (ESWT) on his back shortly before the race drew some speculation as to the objective of this strategy. Apparently there was nothing wrong with the horse, at least according to his owner, Paul… Continue reading I’ll Have Another . . . shock wave therapy treatment please

FEI new drug policy sparks conflict

Horse Talk tell us: An on-line petition has been launched urging the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to abandon a new drugs policy which will allow small amounts of some drugs, including the powerful anti-inflammatory bute, in a horse's system. The general assembly of equestrian sport's international ruling body passed the progressive list of banned substances… Continue reading FEI new drug policy sparks conflict