The Equine Industry has Significant Positive Impact on the Oklahoma Economy

Today, the Tulsa World newspaper published an online article speaking to the positive impact the equine industry has had on the economy in Tulsa - Mane events: Tulsa excels when it comes to the equine industry. Moreover, according the February 2017 Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet, "The estimated economic impact of 15 of the national and world…

Second Oklahoma case of horse mutilated by dogs receives care at Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue

This story breaks the heart and is shockingly similar to an Oklahoma County case from just 3 years ago.   Thankfully we have caring folks like those at Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue willing to step forward and do the hard work of rehabilitating horses like Rudy and now "Ruby." Horses are defined as livestock in…

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