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Feds Want to Destroy 45K Wild Horses

Holding pens are overcrowded; critics say Bureau of Land Management is mismanaging

(Newser) - There are 45,000 horses no one wants, and the US government is suggesting destroying them all, the Verge reports. In what an exec for the Humane Society calls "a complete abdication of responsibility for their care," the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro... More »

Horse Kills Woman During Equestrian Competition

Remember Me fell onto 22-year-old rider Rebecca Weissbard

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman in New York died Aug. 31 after her horse fell on her during an equestrian competition, the Daily Freeman reports. Rebecca Weissbard was going through the hurdle course at Horse Shows in the Sun in Saugerties for a second time on Wednesday when her horse, Remember Me,... More »

'Piles of Dead Horses' Found on Former Olympian's Property

Bruce Akers was charged with 90 counts of animal cruelty

(Newser) - A former Olympic wrestler was charged with more than 90 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found "piles of dead horses" on his property in Australia, the Age reports. Police discovered the horrible scene at the home of 63-year-old Bruce Akers back in April, but a judge ruled Monday... More »

Woman Dies After Riding Sick Horse

CDC says she was infected by S. zooepidemicus

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman is dead after—in a rare occurrence—she was infected by a sick horse in Washington state, Live Science reports. The unnamed woman was visiting her daughter's horse boarding and riding center the week of Feb. 21. According to WZTV , one of the horses had an... More »

Abused Horses Find New Calling Easing Vets' PTSD

Veteran who went through such a program is creating his own in Alabama

(Newser) - After losing sight in his right eye from a 2013 rocket attack in Afghanistan, retired Army Maj. Dan Thomas recovered with help from an equine therapy program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, reports the AP . Hoping to help other veterans, he and his wife traveled to Connecticut last... More »

Neglected Horses' Hooves Were 3 Feet Long: Rescuers

Md. rescue group says horses were found in stall with manure piles 3 to 4 feet high

(Newser) - A concerned call about the welfare of someone's pet pigeons led to a disturbing discovery in a Maryland stable: three horses in such a severe state of neglect that a local rescue group was absolutely horrified. "Of the over 2,170 horses DEFHR has rescued in its 26-year... More »

Horses and Humans Share Lots of Looks

Researchers have observed 17 distinct facial expressions in horses

(Newser) - Scientists at the University of Sussex have taken a long, hard long at our equine pals and determined that horses have 17 distinct looks of their own. Some 15 hours of observing natural behavior in 86 horses, ranging in age from four weeks to 27 years and spanning several breeds,... More »

Civil Servant Outruns 46 Horses on Foot

Hugh Aggleton fares well in odd British race

(Newser) - A civil servant outran nearly all the horses competing against him in a British marathon yesterday. Yes, you just read that: 30-year-old civil servant Hugh Aggleton finished the Man v. Horse Marathon in central Wales at 2 hours and 30 minutes, just 10 minutes slower than the competition's fastest... More »

Horses, Rhinos Have Roots in Ancient India

Fossil discovery offers clues to ancient past

(Newser) - Back when the Indian subcontinent was still an island—before it joined what is now the rest of Asia—it was home to ancestors of today's horses and rhinoceroses, a new study suggests. Both modern animals are members of a biological order known as Perissodactyla, or "odd-toed ungulates,... More »

More Than a Dozen Dead Horses Found in Barn

The abandoned animals were malnourished, authorities say

(Newser) - Authorities say a special unit that responds to animal abuse will handle a case involving more than a dozen dead and malnourished horses found in a Colorado barn. KRDO-TV reports that the El Paso County Sheriff's Office mounted unit is investigating the Friday discovery of the horses in Black... More »

Are Horses 'Vicious'? Court to Decide

Upholding the classification could jeopardize Connecticut's equine industry

(Newser) - After a horse named Scuppy bit a boy in the face, a Connecticut court came to a conclusion that threw animal lovers: Horses are a naturally vicious species. Now, horse owners and farmers are mobilizing as the state Supreme Court hears an appeal in the case today. Such a classification—... More »

Horse Slaughter in US? Maybe

USDA gives Valley Meat Co. OK to covert cattle plant into horse plant

(Newser) - Valley Meat Co., got a coveted OK today: The USDA approved the New Mexico-based company's application to morph a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse; it would be the first such processing facility permitted to operate in the US since the practice was effectively banned by Congress seven years... More »

Horse Deaths Put Beloved Race Under Scrutiny

Steeplechase runs today in England

(Newser) - Might Britain's beloved Grand National steeplechase—the one made famous in this country by the Elizabeth Taylor movie National Velvet—go the way of the fox hunt? Parliament banned the latter on animal cruelty concerns, and a spate of horse deaths has activists calling for the same fate for... More »

Once Spain's Pride, Horses Abandoned by Thousands

Recession leaves former status symbol for dead—literally

(Newser) - Europe's horses haven't been faring very well of late, and their predicament is particularly dire in Spain, where horses that were once a prized sign of the boom are now being abandoned en masse in the bust —to the tune of 60,000 that passed through slaughterhouse... More »

Are You Eating Horse Meat?

Officials doubt it, but horse-meat tests are flying off shelves

(Newser) - With Nestle stung by the horse-meat scandal , you may wonder whether unwanted cheval has reached your dinner table. Federal US regulators say it's unlikely, because domestic suppliers don't slaughter horses and Washington doesn't allow imported beef from European countries affected by the scandal, reports NBC News . That... More »

HBO Covered Up Luck Horse Deaths: Suit

And humane group went along with it, complaint says

(Newser) - HBO horse racing series Luck was canceled in March after at least three horses died; now, a former American Humane Association exec is suing the network and the show's producer. Barbara Casey's lawsuit hits HBO and Stewart Productions for helping cover up alleged abuse of the horses, the... More »

Chicago Police Horses Attacked in Stable

'Agitated' equines released by unknown vandals

(Newser) - Chicago police horses are recovering after a late night attack in their stable. Some 27 of the 30 horses were released from their stalls and at least two were sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher or struck with the extinguisher can, reports CBS . One 20-year-old horse suffered eye... More »

Horseless Detroit Department Employs ... Horseshoer

Job description last revised in 1967

(Newser) - Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department doesn't have any horses—but if it ever gets any, it's totally prepared. The city employs a "horseshoer," whose job it is "to shoe horses and to do general blacksmith work ... and to perform related work as required,"... More »

Elite Horse Sport Offers Peek Into Romney's World

But Ann's sale of $100K horse led to lawsuit

(Newser) - Welcome to the leisure world of Ann Romney, where $100,000 horses make pirouettes and she makes headway into the elite world of an equestrian sport known as dressage, the New York Times reports. Her connection: Jan Ebeling, a German dressage rider who also tutors Ann in horseback riding. "... More »

Mitt Gushes About Wife's 'Warmblood' Horses

Did he put hoof in mouth with another wealth gaffe?

(Newser) - A new/old potential wealth gaffe from the mouth of Mitt Romney. The GOP candidate apparently gushed about his wife's much-deserved time off the campaign trail spent riding her "Austrian warmblood" horses (though he prefers his own "Missouri foxtrotter"); each costs as much as a pricey sports... More »

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