Brindle filly

19 08 2007


I noticed this stripey girl at Heaven Can Wait equine rescue. Not much is known about her except that she’s a Standardbred cross, 1.5 years old and in need of some TLC. (“But Defrost, what’s a brindle horse?”)

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New charges for Aussie vet who starved horses

17 05 2007


A woman accused of starving her horses faces further charges of mistreating wildlife on her Lara property.

RSPCA inspector Jason Nichols said Julie Tilbrook, 56, of Lara, had been charged with 21 new counts of animal cruelty relating to a python, two goannas, a skink and three sugar gliders. The RSPCA has charged Ms Tilbrook, who holds a wildlife permit, with failing to house the reptiles properly and with confining her animals in circumstances likely to cause suffering.

Mr Nichols said Ms Tilbrook had also been charged with failing to provide veterinary attention to a dog.

The charges are in addition to 17 counts of animal cruelty laid against Ms Tilbrook in March.

Ms Tilbrook, who has not yet entered a plea to the charges, did not appear in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Magistrate Ian von Einem adjourned the hearing until May 29. Story link

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Four more organizations join The Unwanted Horse Coalition

17 05 2007

Four more equine organizations have joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), bringing the total number of members to 16. The mission of the UHC is to educate the public on the issue of unwanted horses and to remind people to “Own Responsibly.”

“The UHC is pleased to welcome new group members the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association,” said UHC Chairman Dr. Tom Lenz.

The resources and support that UHC member organizations offer will be invaluable as the coalition works towards the ultimate goal of reducing the number of unwanted horses and improving the welfare of these horses.

The new organizations join current members of the coalition, which include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, The Jockey Club, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Professional Rodeo Stock Contractors, AHC State Horse Council Committee, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, United States Equestrian Federation, and U.S. Trotting Association.

“It is very encouraging to see so many organizations recognizing the plight of unwanted horses as an important issue and stepping up to the plate to help make a difference,” said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council, under whose auspices the UHC operates.

To learn more about the UHC and this issue and your responsibilities, visit the UHC Web site at (Story link)

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Five memorable mares

29 04 2007

Tell a gelding, ask a stallion, discuss it with a mare


Oh yes, you know what I’m talkin’ about! Here are some ladies you should meet.

1. Ruffian

Foaled in 1972, this niece of Secretariat is considered by many to be the greatest racing filly of the modern era, if not all time. She won all ten starts against fillies, but in a televised match race with Foolish Pleasure on July 6, 1975, both sesamoid bones in her right foreleg snapped. Her jockey, Jacinto Vasquez, tried to pull her up, but she ran on for another 50 yards, unwilling to give up the race. Attempts were made to save her but after waking from anesthesia Ruffian fractured the new cast causing greater damage and she was euthanized. Ruffian is buried near the finish line in the infield at Belmont Park. It has been said of her “The only race she ever lost was the race to save her life.” Read more | The Ruffian Breyer

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition

29 03 2007

The Unwanted Horse Council (UHC) announced has launched a new website and announced the release of an awareness brochure.

“The Unwanted Horse Coalition includes equine organizations that are concerned with the number of unwanted horses in the United States,” said Dr. Tom Lenz, Coalition Chairman.

“The website and brochure are our first steps in educating current and future owners, breeders, traders, and others involved with horses about the issue of the unwanted horse. Our goal is to make the coalition unnecessary.”

Both the website and brochure explain the UHC and its mission, which is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare. It will do that through educational outreach and the efforts of various organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of unwanted horses.

The UHC was created following the Unwanted Horse Summit that was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in April 2005. In June 2006, the group was folded into the American Horse Council and now operates under its auspices.

In addition to information about the UHC, the website provides resources and links for retiring and rescuing horses, methods for handling the loss of a horse, and suggestions to help people “Own Responsibly,” which is the motto of the UHC.

“We want people to learn how to own responsibly,” Jay Hickey, President of the American Horse Council, said. “If they buy, sell, and treat horses responsibly, there will be fewer unwanted horses.”

The website will be updated regularly with news releases and publications describing the progress of the UHC and the plight of the unwanted horse. Both the website and the brochure provide information on how to become a member of the UHC and how to contribute to the UHC. (Via HorseTalkNZ)

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Hope he didn’t take the keys

25 03 2007

A young Welsh Cob stallion named Triple Five required fourteen firemen, a vet and some cutting equipment when he got stuck in a caravan (similar to a North American camper van) after smelling hay inside and climbing in to chow down. Triple Five was unharmed after his hour-long ordeal. (Say that last sentence in Kent Brockman’s voice) Link

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Update on retired NYPD horses

25 03 2007

Last November I told y’all about a dispute over retired NYPD police horses; it was felt that the animals were not getting proper care, a charge the caretakers denied. The Gothamist is now reporting that twenty of the horses have been adopted out, and the remainder sent to other farms: “The health of the horses, who range in age from 3 to nearly 30, has improved dramatically since the move, according to the police mounted unit.”

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