Equine Welfare News

  • AHC UPDATE: Congress Passes National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act



    The following is an announcement from the American Horse Council.

    Today, the Senate passed the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845 S.1110). This follows House passage of the bill earlier this fall.  The bill, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many National Forests, including equestrians.

    The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation and passage of this bill.

    The AHC is pleased Congress has approved this important legislation.  The AHC would like to thank Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for their leadership and work to pass this bill.

    The bill directs the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails.  It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees.   Additionally, the bill will address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and will direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.

    In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.

    The President is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future.

    Click Here To Read the Article on AHC

  • Support AWHPC with New 2017 Calendar


    Help keep the wild horses & burros wild by supporting the good work of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. Their brand new 2017 calendar is available and all proceeds go to fund advocacy, litigation, field and rescue programs. Click here to get yours!

    AWHPC Calendar

  • AWARE Rural Mobile Donkey Clinics to Vaccinate 35,000 Donkeys in Zimbabwe


    The following is an article by Sifelani Tsiko for allafrica.com

    A local non-Governmental organisation says it is targeting to provide free clinical treatment and care to 35 000 donkeys countrywide. Donkeys have grown to be Zimbabwe’s working animals that offer important support for the lives and livelihoods of rural communities.

    Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation (AWARE) director, Dr Keith Dutlow said the programme was part of efforts to provide treatment and care to the animals.

    He was speaking at an event to open an education centre for children at the Lion and Cheetah Park in the capital.

    “Last year, we treated about 28 000 donkeys in all the country’s 10 provinces and this year we are targeting to treat 35 000 donkeys,” said the animal rights lobbyist and wildlife veterinarian.

    “It’s an opportunity to examine each donkey that comes to us for health checks. Sometimes owners are not aware that their animals are sick. Half the times they are not aware and this will certainly give us an opportunity to treat all animals.”

    Zimbabwe has a donkey population of more than 150 000.

    The population of donkeys is probably an under estimate, and Dr Dutlow said Zimbabwe needs to conduct a survey to ascertain the numbers and help provide information that is critical for the treatment and care of the ‘beast of burden.’

    “A survey has not been done for decades and we need to do it now to help us plan and enhance our treatment and care of the donkeys,” he said.

    The prominent veterinarian has been part of a passionate group of wildlife experts trying to save Zimbabwe’s animals.

    “Donkeys have huge benefits for our rural communities and economies. Good protection and care of donkeys means more benefits for our communities and their livelihoods.”

    The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) is providing funding support to AWARE to provide free veterinary treatment for donkeys in areas such as Buhera, Chipinge, Beit Bridge, Chivi, Gokwe, Gweru, Muzarabani and other rural districts.

    AWARE rural mobile donkey clinics will provide veterinary care, dental care, hoof trimming, wound treatment and de-worming, as well as instruction on proper handling techniques and care of the animals.

    Donkeys in most parts of Zimbabwe are vital to the livelihood of their owners, carrying supplies and providing transportation and farming support.

    “Our initial assessment of the donkey population revealed a complete lack of preventive healthcare such as vaccinations and de-worming,” said Dr Erick Mutizhe, a senior vet for the SPANA Zimbabwe programme.

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  • What the Election Means for Wild Horses & Burros


    The following is an update from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

    Photo - KT Merry

    Photo – KT Merry

    Like many people, you may be wondering what the results of this week’s election will mean for America’s wild horses and burros. There is no minimizing the dangers facing the 45,000 mustangs and burros stockpiled in government holding facilities and the estimated 67,000 who remain on the range. 

    Pressure is mounting for mass roundups and the killing or sale for slaughter of captured mustangs and burros. While we don’t yet know the Trump Administration’s position on this issue, clearly the stakes are very high. We’re prepared to work with the new Administration, bringing it up to speed on how the federal government has failed our wild horses and burros and the need for reform. 

    But, regardless of the election’s outcome at all levels of government, our strength will continue because it comes from our supporters and the American people.

    Protecting wild horses and burros is a bipartisan issue. AWHPC has worked, and will continue to work, effectively with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. AWHPC supporters themselves span the political spectrum, but we are united in our love for America’s mustangs and burros and our commitment to saving them. 

    There will be a great deal of uncertainty in the next few months, as Trump is sworn in, cabinet nominations/political appointments are considered and a new Congress gets organized. We will monitor this process closely and develop a strategy that takes into account new threats and opportunities, and will be ready to meet them in the coming year. 

    In the interim, we’ll be working to ensure that any spending bills passed by this Congress maintain the prohibition on destroying healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter. 

    We the People remain the last line of defense between America’s mustangs and the forces that want to destroy them. In the coming year, it’s going to take all of us – united – to wage and win the fight for the future of these cherished national icons. 

    Please stay strong, stay together and stay ready.

    In Freedom,

    Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

  • Folsom Veteran’s Day Parade


    The following is an invitation for All About Equine.

    60b84f7d-2888-46c7-ae0f-17d232317e1bPlease join All About Equine as we walk in the Folsom Veteran’s Day Parade to celebrate and honor our Veterans for their service!

     We will have up to 5 mini’s walking with us, we’ll need banner holders, and especially kids to hold the birthday banner, Pony Pals banner and assist the leads with the mini’s…and the ever so important pooper scoopers.

    Courtesy of our own Dave and Elaine, we will have coffee and goodies at the starting line!

    We all wear blue jeans, a white shirt or blouse and a red scarf (if you do not have one, we will provide one for you). The walk is about 1.5 miles and we will have more information coming soon about where to meet and what time. The parade starts at 9am but we will probably be at the read of the parade and not start until a little later. Stay tuned for more information.

    In order for us to plan better, we need to know how many people are planning to come out. Please call, text or email Kristi Sandberg if you plan to be there at 916.396.7825 .

    Parades are meant for families; bring everyone and come out and walk with us!

    Think fun with other AAE volunteers, supporting AAE and pride in the USA

  • Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary Grant Help


    Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is a 501c3 entity that provides care for elderly and special needs horses.  I placed my older horse with them a year and a half ago and have visited the facility and with the director, Lori, numerous times.  It is a well-run facility by knowledgeable and caring people.  They still have many needs for their 36 horses and it is a very worth cause, especially for equine lovers!  Spirit Keeper is participating in a campaign to raise funds and they have an opportunity to receive a large grant if it can be matched by December 31st!     – Jane Fliesbach, Rocky Mountain Dressage Society

    Every year, the Give! Team makes it possible for community members to learn about and make a donation to trusted nonprofits in the Pikes Peak region by vetting and hand-selecting participants from hundreds of applications. The expert review committee vets every Give! nonprofit for solid financials, ethical practices and credible impact. They look for the nonprofits that operate exclusively in and for the Pikes Peak region, that fill unmet needs in innovative ways, and that might not ever cross someone’s path otherwise. Give helps them make their voices heard with capacity-building training provided by experts in the fields of social media, marketing, technology, data management and governance. We are VERY proud that Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary was chosen to participate in this year’s GIVE! We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and need everyone to rally around us by donating to and sharing our campaign between November 1 – December 31, 2016. We have been awarded a $10,500 matching grant which we will receive IF we are able to raise that much ourselves during the Indy Give campaign 11/1 – 12/31, 2016. Meeting this goal will make it possible for us to build a barn and loafing sheds to house the 9 horses at the sanctuary who currently do not have shelter. 

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  • Update on ISPMB Horses


    The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang on the ISPMB horses.

    First, THANK YOU so much for helping us save these horses. As you can clearly see, they were desperately in need of immediate veterinary and farrier care. Thanks to everyone who has been so loving and generous, these 9 horses from ISPMB are looking at wonderful lives with loving folks.

    Matt and I are packing up and we will be delivering the last 5 to their new homes today. Unfortunately we have to drive about 1,000 miles one way to do this. As usual, we need serious help to get these kids to their new homes. Folks often ask why the “adopters” are not paying for transport. These are simply wonderful folks who are willing to take on the huge expenses of rehabbing these beautiful souls and making sure they are cared for the next 30 years. So we are thankful they will take on that huge mission and are praying that y’all will continue your wonderful support so we can get them there.

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  • AHC: Final Reminder!



    The following is an announcement from the American Horse Council in Washington.


    The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members-we encourage everyone to attend, and to share this email with anyone you think may be interested! To register for the webinar, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us for the first of our quarterly webinars!

  • Media Roundup is now UHC Roundup



    The following is an update from the UHC Roundup.

    The Media Roundup is now the UHC Roundup, a publication with a new name and a broader scope.  In addition to news articles and events, the UHC Roundup highlights member programs and success stories spanning all breeds, disciplines, and regions, plus it has a new photo feature and a link to the UHC Blog.

    If you wish to share your story of unwanted horses becoming wanted again, contact UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell, at jpurcell@horsecouncil.org.

  • AWHP: Urge BLM to Drop Wyoming Wild Mare Radio Collar Study!



    The following is an update and call to action from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Your comments are needed today to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting an expensive and traumatic helicopter roundup of wild horses in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA) for the sole purpose of putting radio collars on 30 mares. The study is designed to lay the groundwork for zeroing out the HMA by showing that Adobe Town wild horses migrate into the Checkerboard sections of the HMA following removal of horses from that area. The entire premise of the study is now invalid, because the BLM has cancelled the 2016 Checkerboard roundup in response to our recet legal victory at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Tell BLM NO to wasting our tax dollars on another unnecessary and traumatic wild horse helicopter roundup and study by clicking here.

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  • Big Girl Update & Picking Up More Horses!


    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue.


    I met a beautiful little princess yesterday. She has the face of an angel. She lit up my world with the most beautiful smile, all the while I was choking back the tears. (The minute the trailer pulled in the tears started, as I knew Big Girl was leaving. After that, the tears were simply from the joy she was bringing this little girl and the difference she will make in her life.)

    Lee is one of the most courageous, wonderful, amazing little girls I have ever met, and her family is just as amazing. She suffered severe burns over her body in a devastating accident, but this little girl is kicking butt, and I absolutely love her. It was an honor and a gift to meet her.

    Big Girl came in with no feet, in so much pain she would not even move to her feed, and with the info that if we hit her with a crop when we rode her we might be able to make her trot.

    Today she has solid wonderful hoofers. They need a little trim and some shaping, but are good hard supportive feet. She is off her pain meds completely and moves around with ease. Thank You so much for all the love, support and prayers y’all sent. YOU made this happen :)

    She now will be Lee’s Therapy Horse. Both of them are loving this and the future looks bright. Lee has to do extremely painful exercises and doing them with and on Big Girl will lessen that pain and it gives her a distraction while healing.

    That was our day yesterday, and one of the reasons all this work is worth it…

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  • AHC Submits Comments on Proposed Horse Protection Act Regulations


    The following is an update from the American Horse Council in Washington.

    AHCThe American Horse Council (AHC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The AHC supports taking action to strengthen HPA regulations, but in its comments requested USDA make several important improvements to proposed rule.

    The HPA was enacted in 1970 to prohibit the showing, exhibiting, transporting or sale at auction of a horse that has been sored.   Soring is an abusive practice used by some horse trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry. It usually involves the use of action devices, chemicals, stacks or other practices to cause pain in a horse’s forelegs and produce an accentuated show gait for competition.  Despite the existence of a federal ban on soring for over forty years, this cruel practice continues in some segments of the walking horse industry. Soring is not a problem in other segments of the horse industry.

    The USDA proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring, including a new licensing program for HPA inspectors and a ban on action devices, pads, weighted shoes and foreign substances at walking horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions.

    In its comments the AHC expressed its opposition to soring and its belief that action is needed to stop the soring of “big lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses.  However, the AHC also voiced concerns that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry. 

    The AHC’s comments strongly urge USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the widely supported   Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act.  The AHC believes making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will still achieve the goal of ending soring.

    Additionally, the AHC supported USDA’s decision to eliminate the current Designated Qualified Person (DQP) program and remove Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) from having a role in enforcement of the HPA.  The AHC believes the new Horse Protection Inspector (HPI) program proposed in the rule will be able to more effectively enforce the HPA.

    The AHC  also asked USDA to take into consideration the costs the proposed rule could impose on smaller “flat shod” walking horse shows that make a good faith effort to comply with the HPA, and make accommodations for such shows.  The AHC proposed several changes to the rule that it believes would help control costs for these types of walking horse shows.

    The AHC is unequivocal that many of the proposed changes to the HPA regulations are needed, but that it is equally important that any new regulations be narrowly focused on the problem of soring and do not  inadvertently impact or unnecessarily burden other segments of the horse show industry that have no history of soring horses.  This position is supported by over 180 Members of Congress who, led by Congressmen Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), have signed a letter to USDA that supports the proposed rule, but also calls on USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses. This letter can be viewed here.

    The AHC hopes USDA will included these needed changes in any final rule that is enacted.

    The AHC’s full comments can be viewed here

    Click Here To View Article on AHC

  • Update on ISPMB from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue


    The following is an update and support request from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.

    Last week Matt and I went to ISPMB and brought home a 3 year old and 2 yearlings. The situation is pretty complicated at this point and Karen is trying to adopt out approximately 100 horses.

    Four State Vets went out and one horse was scheduled to be euthanized, and approximately 30 need to be sorted for special care.. The count was 810 horses on site, and as of now the Sheriff’s office and Counties are feeding the horses. The horses have been gaining weight steadily with all the good food.

    Karen is providing a detailed plan to care for, feed and provide necessary care for the horses. Per the Court order she has until the 21st of October to provide her plan and until I believe the 11th of November to follow through. IF the county does not accept her plan, the horses could be seized and if not adopted out by December 1st they would go to “auction”, and we all know what that means. Karen feels confident that she will retain her horses but does want to make sure she downsizes.

    At this time there are many horses available for adoption. Matt and I were asked to return next week to pick up more horses to be adopted out. We are working with Karen to get some good homes for some of these beautiful horses.

    It is definitely not an inexpensive endeavor, but circumstances dictate helping to move as many horses as we possibly can before the bad weather hits.

    Below are pictures of the horses we brought home. They also need hoof care badly.

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  • Silent Auction to Benefit the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign


    The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s Wild Night Gala is getting underway with their Silent Auction. 

    AWHP-LogoVisit the Online Auction Page to find your treasure and submit your bid. 

    Even if you can’t make it Wednesday, you can still join in the fun! We’ve created the opportunity for everyone to take part in our Silent Auction. Get a jumpstart on bidding on some fabulous items — including art by leading wild horse painters and photographers! 

    Bidding is super easy and can be done anywhere via text from your smartphone. You’ll even know via text if you’ve been outbid, so you can be sure to “win” whatever treasures you have your eyes on. We’ll be happy to ship your items to you for just the charge of shipping. 

    Every item purchased helps us continue the fight to ensure that our national treasures – wild horses and burros — remain free and secure on our public lands.

  • AWHP Update: Feds Broke Law In Wild Horse Roundup




    This is an update from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

    We have been fighting for five long years to stop the BLM’s wipeout of Wyoming’s wild horses. Today, for the second time this week, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has handed wild horses a major legal victory! The court ruled that the BLM broke two federal laws when it rounded up 1,262 wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard in 2014.

    unnamedThis is huge! It means that the BLM’s proposed 2016 Checkerboard roundup is also illegal! The BLM just notified the court that it was pulling the plug on this latest roundup of 500 wild horses, which was scheduled to start on October 18Not only that, the decision permanently prevents BLM from treating the public lands as private and allowing ranchers to dictate whether or not wild horses will be allowed to live on our public lands. 

    This is our third major victory for wild horses in just over a month! On Monday, the Tenth Circuit ruled that BLM is not required to remove horses from public lands just because the population exceeds arbitrarily-established population limits. And on September 9, the BLM dropped plans to conduct dangerous surgical sterilization experiments on wild horses in Oregon, citing the lawsuit filed by AWHPC and The Cloud Foundation as the reason for its decision.

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  • The Great African Donkey Rush


    This is excerpted from an article by Simon Allison for The Daily Maverick.

    donkey-cartForget gold, diamonds or rhino horn. The hottest commodity in Africa right now – the most prized ass-et, if you will – is the humble donkey, thanks to a critical donkey shortage in China. But even this hardy beast of burden is struggling to carry the weight of an insatiable demand.

    Humanity owes a lot to the donkey. Domesticated for over five millennia, donkeys have been used for farming, transport, food and warfare. Hardy, reliable and uncomplaining, they are the ultimate beast of burden, not to mention the preferred ride of a certain Jesus Christ.

    But as the world has industrialised, so donkeys are losing their place in it. Machines farm better, cars are faster, and donkey meat is an acquired taste. Only the very poorest communities still rear and rely on donkeys for their day-to-day needs.

    Nowhere is this more apparent than in China. After two decades of high economic growth, the country’s donkey population has nearly halved: from 11-million in the late 1990s to just six million today.

    The precipitous decline in donkey numbers has had an unintended consequence for a lucrative local industry: Chinese traditional medicine. When boiled, donkey skin produces a rubbery, gelatine-like substance, known as ejiao, which is believed to cure coughs, relieve insomnia and revitalise blood. It is a key ingredient in many popular Chinese tonics and medicines.

    But these days, there simply aren’t enough Chinese donkeys to make enough ejiao, so manufacturers are looking further afield. Specifically, there are looking to Africa, where donkey populations remain in rude health.

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  • Emergency Situation for Donkeys After Industrialization in Brazil


    This is an excerpt from an article at plus55.com.

    plus55The story of the Brazilian Northeastern region is intricately linked to the donkey. For centuries, the resilient animal assisted people in their struggle for survival in the poorest and most arid parts of the country. In recent years, though, the situation has changed and the animal appears more as a nuisance than a cultural symbol.

    Estimates suggest that over the last decade, thousands of animals have been abandoned, often substituted for mechanic labor including tractors, for farming, or motorcycles for transport. The latter saw an expansion from 1.2 million to 6.9 million vehicles between 2003 and 2016 (an increase of 600 percent). Left to themselves, the donkeys have multiplied and are now causing trouble in many states.

    One of the few statistics on the subject hints at the size of the problem. Between 2010 and 2013 in just the western part of Rio Grande do Norte state, donkeys caused at least 100 road accidents — and 60 percent were lethal. The Federal Road Police states that the majority of the over 8,000 road accidents involving animals in the northeast over the last four years are related to donkeys.

    Many towns are trying to come up with a solution to the overpopulation of donkeys. In July, the state of Bahia approved a bill to regulate the killing of the donkeys; their meat is now sent to feed zoos, and the skin sold to international markets including China. The first 300 animals – the majority of which are captured on state roads – have been sacrificed.

    In 2014, state representatives of Rio Grande do Norte contemplated the use of donkey meat to feed inmates and students of the public school system, although the idea was rejected. Other mayors from the Northeast area supported human consumption of the meat, but major obstacles remain with the cultural barrier. People simply don’t want to eat it.

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  • ISPBM Horses and Burros


    A heartbreaking series of photos were posted of the starving horses at the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros property. These horses and burros need your help in ways more than sending money. Contact the Dewey County Sheriff’s department for ways you can help.

    This is a repost of an article by Ashley Parker at ratemyhorsepro.com

    Claims of more than 30 wild horses dying horrific starvation deaths fall upon a South Dakota charity tasked with preservation.

    “It’s heartbreaking and devastating. There aren’t words when you’re here,” says Colleen Burns, the former senior project manager for the International Society for the Protection of Mustang and Burros (ISPMB).

    Burns was fired Thursday after going public regarding the horses’ plight in Lantry. The 501(c)3 organization is home to approximately 650 horses.

    Video shows horses suffering from what Burns says are various forms of neglect including untrimmed hooves so bad they can barely walk. The horses are not supplied with the necessary farrier care. Others are unable to rise due to their weakened state from a lack of nutrition as the land is barren. Their bones protrude from their slight bodies. A stallion’s penis is unable to retract after injury and is left without care along with a mare’s visibly broken ankle.

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  • Action Alert: Starving Horses In South Dakota!


    This post is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue

    Horses dying of starvation, in pain and in critical condition. I spoke with the Sheriff this morning and he said the horses will be seized from ISPMB and a walk through made by the vet, and the horses that need to be humanely euthanized to end their suffering will be taken care of. As we can provide CRITICAL CARE, he said we need to be there on Thursday.

    We have no idea who we will be bringing home, but we desperately need funds to accomplish this rescue. If no one can provide the critical care, the horses will have to be euthanized. So right now we are getting ready for the long drive out there.

    Please help us give them a chance. They deserve so much more than they have been given.

    The Sheriff agreed that the solution is to find safe loving homes for these horses. But for the ones who need critical care, we have to be thereThursday.

    It feels like such a lost cause, because there are so many, but God is telling me to help the ones we can. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP to HELP THEM!  Please share this far and wide and donate if you can. We were hoping for a breather, but cannot in good conscience not try to step up and help.

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  • AHC Statement on Proposed Horse Protection Act Regulations


    This is an AHC Washington Update courtesy of the American Horse Council.

    AHCMany individuals in the horse industry are aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring, including a new licensing program for HPA inspectors and a ban on action devices, pads, weighted shoes and foreign substances at walking horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions.

    The American Horse Council (AHC) strongly opposes soring and believes action must be taken to stop the soring of “big lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses.  However, the AHC is concerned that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry.  Like all industries, the horse show industry requires clarity in any regulatory regime that impacts its operation.  Soring is a problem that is well defined and limited to a very specific segment of the walking horse industry and any new regulations should reflect this fact.

    The AHC’s formal comments to USDA will strongly urge USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the PAST Act.  Making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will fulfill the purpose and intent of the HPA.

    The AHC wants to be clear, many of the proposed changes to the HPA regulations are needed, such as replacing the ineffective Designated Qualified Person (DQP) program with a new independent inspection program. Additionally, because of a long history of utilizing action devices, stacks, weighted shoes, and foreign substances to sore horses, a ban of these items on Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses is justified and needed.

    However, the AHC believes it is equally important that any new regulations be narrowly focused on the problem of soring and do not  inadvertently impact or unnecessarily burden other segments of the horse show industry that have no history of soring horses.

    The AHC will be submitting detailed written comments to USDA in the coming weeks.

    View The Article on AHC Website

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