Oklahoma Celebrates the National Day of the Horse on December 13, 2017

In 2004, the United States Senate Resolution 452 recognized December 13th as “National Day of the Horse.”  The purpose of this resolution was to “encourage the people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.”  According to the 2004 resolution, the…

Hauling Horses? Understand how the Federal ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Rule could impact you.

In December 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the final rule on ELDs - electronic logging devices.  In general, these new regulations require commercial carriers to install ELDs to monitor hours of hauling.  The American Horse Council published a press release today, November 30, 2017, pushing for a one year delay in implementation…

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…