International & National

Three people from Stouffville have been charged with neglect under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the treatment of horses in their care.

Justice the Horse Sues Former Abuser - Justice, an eight-year-old horse, is a party to a lawsuit filed on May 1, 2018, against his former abuser to recover the costs of his ongoing medical care and his pain and suffering. Justice is represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals. If successful, this ground-breaking lawsuit would be the first to establish that animals have a legal right to sue their abusers in court.

Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers have developed a new surgical technique for recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN) that is improving outcomes and helping horses breathe a little bit easier. The technique, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, provides a stronger anchor point on the paralyzed cartilage within an afflicted horse’s larynx to hold it open, and performs better than current surgical practices.

Can foundation training in three-week-old Thoroughbred foals make a difference to their welfare and performance as a racehorse? Thoroughbred racehorses have something of a reputation. The perception is that they are generally trained for one job – to run fast.

When special guests come to stay at anyone’s house, there is usually much fluffing of beds and frenzy in the kitchen, along with extra vacuuming and dusting. Manitoba’s special guests this year are being treated no differently. “Cavalia is coming back!” Word went out earlier this year, and Manitoba Horse Council received a flurry of emails and phone calls looking for tickets. But we didn’t know anything yet! We left calls with the company to find out more.

A revolutionary school in Langley, BC has transformed to meet the unique needs of its students, providing a tailored academic experience to complement and encourage success in the ring, as well as in the classroom. Now in its second year of operation, the Langley Equestrian Academy’s unique format caters to equestrians in grades 7 to 12.

Austin Seelhof of Cochrane, AB is a well-known and respected figure in the Alberta reining community. With seeming ease, he balances a full family life with success as a trainer, competitor, and volunteer. But now, the father of three is poised to make his presence known on a larger scale and qualify for his first major games appearance this September at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Mill Spring, NC.



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