North American Western Dressage Takes a Stand Against “Behind The Vertical”

North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is dedicated to protecting the welfare of all horses being ridden in competition. It is with that goal in mind that NAWD has taken a public stance against horses being ridden “behind the vertical” and enacted steps to protect horses against this style of riding in NAWD competitions. Continue reading

ABCs of FECTs

Dealing with horse poop is by far one of the least favorite chores of horse owners, but that horse poop can also be a window into parasite surveillance and detection of dewormer resistance. As more horse owners move away from outdated rotational deworming and into a more recommended strategic deworming program, fecal egg count tests (FECT) become especially important. Continue reading

Generous donors make significant research opportunism possible

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announced that their 10th year anniversary campaign surpassed its goal in 2015. This new campaign fund of $120,900, will be invested in a research project to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. Up to $100,000 will be given to fund an awarded grant and the remainder will offset assessment, administration and management expenses. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research that will ultimately impact physical/mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies. Continue reading

The World’s Largest International Equine Welfare Charity Begins Work in Mexico

Brooke USA, the American fundraising arm of the Brooke, has announced a pilot project in Mexico to help horses working in a garbage dump and recycling centre in San Martin, Puebla State. The horses are some of the most vulnerable of the 12.8 million working equine animals in Mexico. Continue reading