The most important factor to remember when interacting with the horse is the radical difference in their evolutionary nature. The horse is a prey animal. He is a source of food for predator animals including the cat family (mountain lions, bobcats etc.), the dog family (wild dogs, wolves etc.) and the human family (you, me and everyone else.).
The American Association of Equine Practitioners joins the American Veterinary Medical Association and many others in opposing new legislation introduced on Capitol Hill last week that is being promoted as an alternative to the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1518/S. 1406).
The AAEP staunchly opposes H.R. 4098, the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013, because its implementation will not protect Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle horses and Racking horses from the abusive practice of soring. Soring is the intentional infliction of pain in order to create the exaggerated gait known as the “big lick” in the show ring.
No less than 200,000 tickets for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy are now on sale. The majority of the newly released tickets are for single sessions in one of the FEI Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. Tickets for competitions in the FEI non-Olympic disciplines are also up for grabs.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is looking to prohibit horseback riding from 8,000 acres of Massabesic Water Works property in Auburn, Manchester and Candia (except for during an organized trail ride benefiting a non-profit organization). Many believe this could set a precedent for all state properties in New Hampshire and horse owners are looking for support during a public comment/hearing session at the Manchester Public Library on Pine Street on Thursday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Identification of a new pregnancy-supporting hormone in horses has resolved a reproductive mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, and it may have important implications for sustaining human pregnancies, reports a team of researchers, led by a UC Davis veterinary scientist.