Research shows horses are “emotional sponges”

Image filed with How Horses Perceive and Respond to Human Emotion, by Medical News Today.

Anyone who has interacted with horses has some awareness of how sensitive they are to the world around them and the people who enter into their sphere. Research into the human—equine dynamic affirms this and more. In a recent post by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA on The Horse magazine's website, entitled Horses Are “Emotional Sponges” , it… Continue reading Research shows horses are “emotional sponges”

Why modern day horses have only one toe

Close up of a horse's hoof. Photo: iStock.

They can reach speeds of more than 40km (c. 25 miles) an hour, clear hurdles more than eight feet high and even pirouette — and they manage it all with just one toe on each foot. Horses are singular in this fascinating characteristic, but it did not start out that way. While the modern day… Continue reading Why modern day horses have only one toe

Istanbul reins in carriage rides over ‘dying horses’

A horse drawn carriage passes by in a street on the island of Buyukada off Istanbul on November 29, 2019. - It's one of the classic excursions in Istanbul: a boat journey to one of the car-free Princes' Islands followed by a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. But the carriage rides have become increasingly controversial in recent years as activists sound the alarm over the welfare of the horses. Some 400 a year are dying on the islands, a parliament committee reported in October, and activists say the real number is twice as high. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

ISTANBUL, Dec 23 — It has been one of the classic excursions for tourists and locals in Istanbul: A boat trip to one of the car-free Princes’ Islands followed by a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through pine forests and past elegant mansions and houses where Turkish writers lived. But its days may be numbered… Continue reading Istanbul reins in carriage rides over ‘dying horses’

Black Beauty

Close up of a camera lens. By Premium Beat.

Hey there folks. This is such a great portrait I just had to share. We know all about the ugliness that can go on here. So we need all the beauty we can get in order to survive this world intact. https://www.instagram.com/p/B44EFRcHX4d/?igshid=1q02jvs3zq6n7 --- Featured Image: Premium Beat by Shutterstock.

Urgent! Contact Congress on these horse bills

Capitol Dome Washington D.C.

Horse Slaughter & Horse Soring Urgent! There are two federal bills pending in Washington D.C. requiring immediate attention. They are: (1) The anti horse slaughter bills — H.R.961 and S.2006 (SAFE Act); and (2) the Senate version of the anti horse soring bill — S.1007 (PAST Act). Note: the House has already passed this bill… Continue reading Urgent! Contact Congress on these horse bills

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

Rep. Paul Tonko promotes H.R.1754 at Saratoga

Racehorse tied in stall.

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) spoke at Saratoga Racecourse promoting the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R.1754), gifting us with an interesting poster. It was on the front of the stand Tonko was speaking from. A link to a pdf version was also available for download online. Number 1 under the subtitle “The Horseracing Integrity Act”, it reads:… Continue reading Rep. Paul Tonko promotes H.R.1754 at Saratoga

Horse racing kills in Australia

Jockey tries to hold an Australian steady up who has a badly fractured foreleg.

From the Australian "Death Watch" report at the Horse Racing Kills website: For a one year period from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses has collected data from the stewards reports from every state and territory in Australia, compiling a detailed report of the horses who have… Continue reading Horse racing kills in Australia

1953 dead racehorses in 4525 days in the UK

Thoroughbred Eye Photographic Print from Etsy.

Death and disarray on the racetrack seems to know no bounds. The numbers in the title of this post are what you find when visiting the UK based Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch page. They describe their mission: Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to… Continue reading 1953 dead racehorses in 4525 days in the UK

Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis

Horses jump out the gate at Del Mar racetrack in California. Unattributed Google search result.

The Ray Paulick Report post entitled, "Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis", was published yesterday evening. Mr. Paulick put it to horse racing stakeholders this way: Paulick email: In recent weeks, I've been approached and contacted by numerous people whose livelihoods depend on the Thoroughbred industry, telling me they fear for the industry's future, and… Continue reading Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis