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New Efforts Towards “Gene Doping” in Horses Thwarted

New Efforts Towards “Gene Doping” in Horses Thwarted

Recently, a process called “gene doping” has come to light*. This illegal and unethical, yet scientifically remarkable, process involves injecting horses with small pieces of genetic material, referred to as “transgenes,” which have been linked to athletic performance. Once these transgenes have been injected, they integrate into the horse’s own DNA, presumably giving the horses an athletic advantage.

The Horse: Pet, Livestock, or Something Different Entirely

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The Horse: Pet, Livestock, or Something Different Entirely

Horse industry highlights include a revised statutory definition that excludes equines from a blanket definition of “pets” and funding for key livestock and international market development programs through Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. In the wake of extensive horse industry outreach, lawmakers struck language in the senate version that defined horses as “pets” within the context of a “Pet and Women Safety” (PAWS) measure. Industry requested that lawmakers delete “horses” from the proposed statutory definition of “pets,” but retain “horses” as a stand-alone category. 

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Ever At The Ready: “We Never Want to Turn Away a Horse in Need.”

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Ever At The Ready: “We Never Want to Turn Away a Horse in Need.”

“Because the fires broke out in the middle of the night, we had people coming in after we locked our gates at 9:00 p.m. They call the emergency number we have posted on the gate and our Facility Manger, Luis Flores, opens the gate.”

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Feasibility of an Urban Equestrian Center in Detroit

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Feasibility of an Urban Equestrian Center in Detroit

Detroit Horse Power, a non-profit organization founded by David Silver, teaches Detroit youth how to ride and care for horses as a way to develop critical skills that will set them up for future success. Currently, DHP transports over 130 students to riding facilities outside of the city. DHP’s vision to develop an urban equestrian center in the heart of the Motor City will bring equestrian opportunities and a managed green space directly to their kid’s neighborhood year-round.

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A Christmas Gift Idea? Horsepacking Adventure Trips For Outdoors Enthusiasts

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A Christmas Gift Idea? Horsepacking Adventure Trips For Outdoors Enthusiasts

This deluxe seven-day pack trip covers the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness— with the Golden Trout Wilderness of the High Sierra as your laboratory. The instructor will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry.

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The Importance of Standards and Professionalism in the Equine Industry

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The Importance of Standards and Professionalism in the Equine Industry

Dr Kendra Coulter, Professor of Labor Studies at Brock University, reported on her recently released study on horse farm employers and employees in Ontario, showing that 50% of stable workers reported earning minimum wage or less and almost half of the workers are improperly classified as independent contractors, and are thus are not protected by the Employee Standards Act.

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Does Bitting Up a Horse For The First Time Cause Stress?

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Does Bitting Up a Horse For The First Time Cause Stress?

Introducing the bit is traditionally one of the most important training procedures in a young horse’s life. The majority of our performance horses are ‘bitted,’ so this process forms a key part of the foundation training for many horses. Investigating procedures to optimize this introduction could lead to benefits in performance and, in some instances, improvements in welfare.

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Licking and Chewing- A Sign of Submission or Stress?

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Licking and Chewing- A Sign of Submission or Stress?

Horses sometimes lick and chew during training and this has often been interpreted as a sign that the horse is learning or showing ‘submission’ to the trainer. However, a new study suggests that this non-nutritive licking and chewing behavior is a natural behavior that is shown after a stressful situation.

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No Hoof, No Horse

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No Hoof, No Horse

The old saying “no hoof, no horse” still holds true. No matter what your horse’s job is, his feet provide the foundation for soundness and performance.

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This Holiday Season, Avoid the Evergreen, Yew; Extremely Toxic to Horses

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This Holiday Season, Avoid the Evergreen, Yew; Extremely Toxic to Horses

However, Yew is extremely toxic to horses. Consumption of as little as six ounces of fresh Yew can often result in sudden death of a horse. Additionally, all members of the Yew family should be considered highly toxic to horses.

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