USEF Publishes Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines

With a special focus on horse and rider safety, the USEF has published new guidelines with penalties for unacceptable conduct.  Topics listed on the USEF site include: Excessive Use of Whip or Spurs and Improper Use of Bits; Illegal Equipment; Cruelty/Abuse/Neglect – Includes excessive riding, lunging, training and showing, deprivation of water and feed, striking…

Link to: “BLM invites public to a free off-range pasture tour in Oklahoma”

Oklahoma is home to wild horses under the care of the Bureau of Land Management.  For ease of accessing this tour information, I am copying the announcement in its entirety below. "The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting two free tours on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at a wild horse off-range pasture in Bartlesville,…

Reporting Animal Abuse and Immunity from Civil Liability

Oklahoma law protects veterinarians from civil liability for reporting suspected animal abuse so long as the report is made in good faith.  More precisely veterinarians are required to report suspected animal abuse to authorities within 24 hours of "of any examination or treatment administered to any animal which the veterinarian reasonably suspects and believes has been abused."…

USDA’s published FAQs on Exhibitor and Transporter Responsibilities under the Horse Protection Act.

The Horse Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1821-1831, seeks to end the practice of soring in the horse industry.  As this Federal program impacts Oklahoma horse exhibitors, I have included a link to the USDA's FAQs on exhibitor and transporter responsibilities. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2016/October-2016-HPA-Exhibitor-and-Transporter-Tech-Note-final-102116.pdf

The American Horse Council Reports Extra H2B Visas to be Made Available by end of July

http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/extra-h-2b-visas-made-available/ Attached is a link to an update published by the American Horse Council describing how these additional H2B temporary visas can improve access to temporary workers particularly for those in the horse racing and training industries.

Horse Boarding and the Law of Bailment

In addition to creating contractual rights and duties, horse boarding arrangements form what is referred to as a bailment relationship.  According to Oklahoma law, "[a] voluntary bailment is made by one giving to another, with his consent, the possession of personal property to keep for the benefit of the former... ."  Okla. Stat. tit. 15,…

Oklahoma Reportable Equine Diseases

Oklahoma promulgates a list of equine diseases that must be reported to Oklahoma Animal Industry Services.  This list is periodically updated to reflect emerging health risks for the Oklahoma equine population.   Veterinarians and/or horse owners must report any of these diseases upon a confirmed diagnosis: African Horse Sickness Contagious Equine Metritis Dourine Equine Encephalomyelitis…