Here is our monthly wrap up of news articles and other posts related to horse welfare and equine rescue, in Australia and around the world. This month the NSW bushfires saw multiple horse rescues and other animal welfare organisations working hard to help fire affected people with their horses and other animals. An amazing effort by all involved. An aerial cull of wild horses at Lake Gregory began to much outcry from advocates of sustainable and humane wild horse management. The usual happy rehoming/adoption stories are included below, with the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust celebrating its 100th horse rehomed, as well as an article where Olympic medalists discuss thoroughbreds in eventing.
- See our post “Helping Equines in NSW Bushfires ~ October 2013” for information on the organisations who volunteered their and services to evacuating and caring for horses, collecting donations and otherwise supporting fire affected horses and their owners.
Brumbies and Wild Horses
- “Aerial Cull in Kimberley Region of Australia” – Lake Gregory. For more recent updates see our latest post.
- Trainers pick up their horses for the Australian Brumby Challenge – photos on their Facebook page
- International ~ “Spirited bidding for prison-trained wild horses” in USA
- International ~ “Sad farewell for wild horse who had 17 year police career” in USA
Equine Emergency Rescue
- “Mare reunited with foal after river rescue“
- “Large animal rescue experts for Aust conference”
- “Nico rescued from water-filled ditch in England“
Happy adoption/rehoming stories
- The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust in NSW celebrated their 100th horse rehomed through their program. They also held an open day, photos here on their Facebook page.
- International ~ HRH Princess Anne adopted a horse from World Horse Welfare. 14 year old Welsh Cob Annie had been with the British charity for 3 years, and is part of a campaign to boost rehoming ~ “HRH The Princess Royal rehomes World Horse Welfare Annie“
- International ~ “The Jockey Club Announces 2013 TIP winners” in USA, including OTTB therapy horse Loveable Rascal
- “$10m horse hospital opens in Australia” ~ University of Adelaide Equine Health and Performance Centre
- “Caregivers poor at spotting horse back issues – study” ~ Research revealing that more training in the detection of back problems is necessary for the benefit of horses’ welfare.
Welfare in Competition
- Two horses owned by the same eventing team tested positive for reserpine at Burleigh Horse Trials. Some of the coverage: “Burghley winner Clifton Promise tests positive for ‘prohibited substance'”, “Another Burghley horse tests positive for Reserpine“, “What is Reserpine?” and “Scientist employed in bid to solve Paget’s reserpine mystery“. Analysis of the B samples will take place mid November.
- FEI: “Princess Haya steps in after latest drugs incident” and “Lord Stevens hired by sheikh to investigate racing empire“
- Italian horse welfare charity calls for investigation into death of endurance horse ~ “UAE horse dies in 120km endurance race“
- International ~ “Survey reveals backing for anti-soring legislation” among members of Tennessee Walking Horse association in the USA
Off The Track
- Aspiring Olympian Jade Kluske & Olympic medalists Megan Jones & Gillian Rolton discuss thoroughbreds finding new careers as eventers: “Racehorse Regal De Lago gets a second chance“
- “Sale filly raises $57.000 for retired racehorses” – USA
- Minnesota Hay Bank supports horses in need during hay shortage “Horse Owners pinched as hay prices more than double“
- “Man and Four Horses Die in Stable Blaze” ~ Please see Emergency planning information
- “”He looked like a skeleton” – Welfare officer” ~ Horse rescued by Redwings in Britain
- “Man who worked horse to exhaustion cops fine, loses horse” Britain
- “Grim Horse Toll in South Dakota Blizzard” USA
- “Ten Year Ban for Treatment of British Mare”
- “Prison for horse owner after cliff top tethering tragedy” Britain
For previous monthly “Wrap Up” posts, click here.