Florida Investigates Deaths of 100 Horses at Embryo Transfer Farm

The 100 recipient mares who died in October at the EquiTransfer embryo transfer farm in Ocala, Florida, were apparently poisoned by botulism in contaminated haylage, a processed grass product.   According to a November 4 report by Fred Hiers, staff writer for the Ocala, Florida Star-Banner, preliminary results indicate that the toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum was what … Continue reading

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

The recent controversy over slaughterhouses in the United States brought to light the fact that in many parts of the world today, including France, Belgium, Sweden, Italy and Japan, people still eat horses. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay notoriously encouraged people to cook horsemeat during an episode that aired in May 2007 on his television show The F-Word (a show that … Continue reading

Solitude, Sovereignty, Ancestry and Our Place in the Herd

It is a commonplace that horses are social animals; happiest and healthiest as members of a herd, preferably a large herd with mixed ages, genders and temperaments, created by natural selection and free choice of breeding partners.  It is also a matter of fact that most domestic horses live at least part of their lives … Continue reading

More Than 30,000 Wild Horses in BLM Holding Areas May Be Saved by Madeleine Pickens

Madeleine Pickens, uber-wealthy Texan and friend of wild horses, has proposed adopting all of the more than 30,000 horses that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding in pens and pasture, according to an Associated Press report today in the New York Times.   Pickens plans to create a foundation and buy 1 million … Continue reading

The University of Pennsylvania’s Semi-Feral Pony Herd: Why Are They So Healthy?

I was “flipping through” the latest edition of the online horse health newsletter distributed by The Horse.com.   There was article after article about the health problems of captive horses (not surprising as “horse health” is, of course, the subject of the newsletter) and I was struck by how frequently the same “identify, control and contain” … Continue reading