Posts Tagged ‘horse’

Efforts to Reduce the Horse Population

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

With the current economy pinching most horse enthusiasts, there are more horses than people want or can take care of. With groups such as Stallion to Gelding Support offering assistance with horse castration, help is available to avoid the needless suffering that horse overpopulation can cause. In addition to this option many state horse councils are offering education assistance as well as castration assistance. It is vital to control the horse population to keep the population to a manageable level. Please visit the sites of your local horse council as well as the Stallion to Gelding Support and the Unwanted Horse Coalition website for more information. Thank you for helping control the horse population and preventing needless suffering.

8th Horse is Euthanized In Fort Worth Area Stable Fire

Monday, May 25th, 2009

As previously written about on this blog, there was a stable fire at a Fort Worth facility.  The 8th horse that survived the fire was put down.   This horse had suffered burns over 20-30% of its body.  The 4 year old mare was euthanized on Satuday, May 23rd.  Our condolances to the owners of all the horses that were lost in this fire.

Horse Events In Jeopardy As Government Budgets Tighten

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

With many state and local governments encountering a budget deficit, many horse and other farm related events are being scaled back or cancled all together.  The Detriot free press is reporting that due to budget issues, that the Michigan horse racing commission has reduced staff and will not be able to support as many horse races as in previous years.  I was speaking with a company that provides a traveling petting zoo that attends state and county fairs.  They have had 8 events cancel so far this year and are expecting additional cancellations as time wears on.  Hopefully we will start to come out of this recession and horse enthusiasts can get back to business as usual.

Nebraska Rancher Faces Charges

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

A Nebraska rancher faces over 100 counts of animal cruelty for starving over 200 horses and donkeys. Jason Meduna of Morrill County is charged with these crimes. In addition over 74 horse and donkey deaths have been documented by the local sheriff. This is a sad case, but we are seeing more and more of this as the economy worsens. Unfortunately many people are having to make the choice of feeding themselves and their families or feeding their animals. The exact details of this case are unknown, but we can only hope this is not a case of willful neglect of animals. Hopefully all these malnourished animals will recover.

Horse Barn in Ft. Worth Catches Fire

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The Circle L 5 horse arena caught fire this weekend killing 7 horses while an 8th horse was being treat for burns. The Circle L 5 is a prominent, predominately African-American riding club. The founding members have been inducted in to the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame. Let’s hope that the 8th horse is doing well, updates to follow as they become available.

Preakness Stakes this Weekend

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The Preakness Stakes are to be held this weekend.  The second stop on the way to horse racing’s triple crown.  This will be the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes.  The Preakness Stakes come right after the Kentuck Derby.  This is a test for the winner of the Derby to see if it was just a fluke, or the Derby winner has what it takes to be a major champion.    In this year’s Preakness Stakes, Calvin Borel becomes the first jockey to ever leave a winning ride from the Kentuck Derby.  It will be interesting, tune in for a great race!