Tag Archives: Equine Protection

Equestrian Sport Productions and Palm Beach Equine Clinic Address Sick Horse Information at WEF

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2017 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) and Palm Beach Equine Clinic, the official veterinarians of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, were recently made aware by a competitor’s veterinarian that a horse stabled off the horse show grounds has tested positive for equine influenza.

This horse has been isolated along with other in-contact horses under the supervision of their veterinarian. The horse was appropriately vaccinated and is no longer febrile or showing clinical signs of disease.

This horse tested negative for equine herpes and strangles, and at this time there are no confirmed cases of equine herpes at WEF. As it has always been the standard practice, ESP and Palm Beach Equine Clinic, along with competitors’ veterinarians, are prepared to isolate and test any further horses with fevers of unknown origin and will update competitors as necessary.

We thank everyone for being responsible in reporting such cases. As competitors are vaccinating this time of year to prepare for travel leaving Wellington, fevers may happen. We remind all competitors the importance of hygiene and biosecurity, with suggested protocols listed below.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your veterinarian or the horse show office at 561-793-5867. Questions may also be directed to Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599.

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.


An integral part of a showing environment includes healthy horses.  Exhibitors, especially those traveling long distances, can contribute to that healthy environment by following some basic recommendations listed below.

  1. A current negative Coggins test. Please renew before it expires, and not just before it is necessary to leave the state. It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the show grounds. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days. Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you use.
  2. A health certificate within 48 hours is required for all horses shipping onto the property. All horses should be able to produce proof of vaccine, preferably labeled on these health certificates. Those who need health certificates when they arrive can contact Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599 or contact PBEC vets on the show grounds.
  3. You should be able to document your horse’s normal temperature before arrival. Please do not ship horses with elevated temperatures. It is recommended that you establish a log of temperatures taken at least twice daily. If there is an elevated temperature for more than a 24 hour period, please consult your local Veterinarian immediately.
  4. Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van, or moving from stable to stable, is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbors’ horses’ health.
  5. Any horse on the show grounds with a fever of unknown origin or of suspicious origin should be reported to Equestrian Sport Productions Management. It is always better to err on the side of safety. Isolation stalls will either be available on the grounds or at a local veterinary practice if the need arises.
  6. Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and express its importance to your grooms in everyday care.

Please visit www.PBIEC.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Wild Horse Overpopulation Is Fake News

Americans are outraged and want a real head count

San Francisco, CA. (February 19, 2017) — According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), there is no evidence of wild horse overpopulation on public land. Deadly roundups continue based on sloppy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates and fake news. A petition to investigate the wild horse & burro count in captivity and in freedom calls for immediate head counts. (https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom) BLM avoids head counts because it would expose the truth.

“Why spend millions to billions on roundups, population control and hoarding wild horses in government pens when a real head count of wild horses is needed first?” explains Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “The public and our elected officials deserve to know how many wild horses are left in America today. Wild horse and burro overpopulation is fake news used to fear monger Congress into giving a rotten federal agency more money to spend.”

Read more here: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=10149.

Protect Mustangs

Support of New USDA Soring Rules for Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses

Lexington, Ky. – The United Professional Horsemen’s Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Hackney Horse Society and the American Road Horse & Pony Association joined the United States Equestrian Federation in supporting and applauding the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of new rules added to the Horse Protection Act (HPA) designed to end the practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses. Together we commend USDA’s consideration of our comments during the rule making process, and credit our members with making our collective voice heard.

While the new rules specifically and exclusively apply to Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses, it is important to note that all horse shows, exhibitions and auctions in the U.S. are still subject to HPA regulations, as they have been since 1970.  Historically, USDA has focused its HPA enforcement on Tennessee Walking Horse and racking horse events, so many of our members may be unaware of regulations that apply to their horses.  Specifically, Section 11.2 of the HPA regulations details certain “Prohibitions concerning exhibitors.”  Though none of the prohibitions involve practices common in USEF disciplines, we recommend that our members familiarize themselves with their responsibilities in order to avoid inadvertent non-compliance.

© 2017 US Equestrian Federation

USEF Supports New USDA Soring Rules for Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to offer its support of the Final Rule (Docket No. APHIS-2011-0009) issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding the Horse Protection Act regulations. This rule is designed to eradicate the cruel practice of horse soring in Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses. The USEF commends APHIS in its efforts to amend and strengthen previous regulations. While always supporting this rule, the USEF submitted a Comment during the proposed rule review period in an effort to prevent what would have resulted in redundant and overly broad regulation that would have unintended consequences for the 29 breeds and disciplines currently regulated by the USEF.

APHIS specifically recognized in the issuance of its final rule the USEF as setting “leading industry standards for equestrian sport” as part of the rationale for limiting the application of the proposed amendments to Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses.

After an initial review of the APHIS’ final rule, the USEF applauds the strengthened requirements for Tennessee Walking Horses and racking horses. The USEF will continue to review the final rule in its entirety and will keep its membership informed.

© 2017 US Equestrian Federation

USEF Upholds Horse Welfare and Fair Play with Stiff Penalties for Doping

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hearing Committee has issued its first decision imposing penalties pursuant to the Equine Drugs & Medications Penalty Guidelines that went into effect January 1, 2016. The Penalty Guidelines recommend ranges of penalties for violations of the Drugs & Medications rules with regard to particular categories of forbidden substances. Substances in Category IV, which include GABA, contain the most serious penalties. The Penalty Guidelines also take into account whether it is the respondent’s first, second, or third offense.

Larry Glefke received a 24-month suspension and a $24,000 fine after Kelley Farmer’s horse, Unexpected, tested positive for GABA at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show in a Pre-Green Hunter 3’3″ class on July 28, 2016. Glefke was identified on Unexpected’s entry blank as the trainer. Farmer was identified as Unexpected’s owner and rider.

The Hearing Committee also found sufficient evidence to support imposing a 12-month suspension and a $12,000 fine against Farmer in her capacity as a “Person Responsible,” and thus accountable for the condition of the horse under General Rule 404 of the Drugs & Medications rules.

In support of the penalty against Glefke, the Hearing Committee referenced his prior reserpine violation, also a Category IV substance, a recent violation involving the sedative acepromazine, and a violation for filing false Medication Report Forms. These are factors considered under the Penalty Guidelines for enhancement of penalties. Likewise, the Hearing Committee noted Farmer’s prior reserpine violation as a factor that attributed to the penalty awarded against her.

The Hearing Committee expressed concern that despite their awareness of the charges against them and of the scheduled hearing, neither Glefke nor Farmer attended the hearing or submitted any witnesses or evidence to rebut the charges against them.

Bill Moroney, USEF Chief Executive Officer, said, “We applaud the Hearing Committee’s decision in this matter. We are focused on ensuring safety and fairness in equestrian sport. The use of GABA in horses competing in USEF competitions compromises these priorities. Our Equine Drugs & Medications program is designed to protect our horses, as well as the participants who compete clean horses. It’s clear from the penalties issued in this decision that the Hearing Committee takes the purposes of the program very seriously.”

From the USEF Communications Department

Chevy Chase Adds His Name to Petition Urging Obama to End Horse Slaughter

Dec 14, 2016 — One of America’s most beloved comedians and actors, Chevy Chase, has signed this petition urging President Obama and Vice President Biden to end the slaughter of America’s wild and domestic equines as part of their legacy. We all love Chevy’s performances on television and in film, and his hilarious appearances as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live which debuted in 1975. Chevy, his wife Jayni, and their children are all avid horse lovers. We thank them for their support of this petition and ask you to sign and share it as well.


Giving Tuesday. Can We Count on You?

Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, is a day designated to honor and support nonprofits on following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. America’s Wild Horse Families count on the Cloud Foundation, a recognized leader in the fight to protect and preserve them on our western public lands.  Can we count on you?

The Cloud Foundation

Wild Horses of Sea and Sand

Photo – Ann Evans.

In October, Ann Evans and I visited the northernmost point of the Outer Banks Islands off the coast of North Carolina. I have wanted to see the wild horses there for a long time.

The island might seem inhospitable for wild horses but, for nearly 500 years, it has been home to a wild herd. Named for the Island on which they live, the Corolla Wild Horses are survivors of shipwrecks on a turbulent coastline called the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Now, however, the horses are severely endangered. Recent, rampant development of their tiny island threatens to destroy the herd. Fewer than 100 animals remain.

DNA work on the herd by Dr. E. Gus Cothran of Texas A&M University confirms their unique Spanish heritage and also their vulnerability to inbreeding. The herd has only one matrilineal line remaining. Plans for captive breeding are underway but uncontrolled development could leave the herd with no room to roam.

If you want to help these tough, little survivors, we urge you to contact the Corolla Wild Horse Fund – www.corollawildhorsefund.org. Ask the Fund what you can do to help.

Our thanks go out to Karen McCalpin, Executive Director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, and Meg Puckett, Herd Manager, for guiding and educating us. It was an unforgettable trip as you can see from this video!

Happy Trails,

The Cloud Foundation

Palm Beach Equine Clinic Warns Fla. Horse Owners to Check Pastures for Toxic Creeping Indigo

Wellington, Florida – The veterinarians at Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, FL caution horse owners of recent toxicity cases that have arisen in South Florida suspected by the low growing weed, Creeping Indigo. Although Creeping Indigo is not native to Florida and has been reportedly growing in the state since the 1920s, the plant has recently spread from the past summer’s humid conditions. Most toxic plants are not palatable to horses and therefore do not pose as much risk; however, it appears that horses are eating Creeping Indigo with suspected fatal effects. The only real treatment is to recognize and remove the poisonous plant from all grazing areas.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic’s Dr. Kathleen Timmins explained that veterinarians in South Florida are suspecting Creeping Indigo cases more often and in more places than ever before. Many people are unaware of the problems this toxic plant can cause.

“Toxicity from Creeping Indigo can present itself through a number of different symptoms, which can make it difficult to recognize and definitively diagnose,” Dr. Timmins noted. “There is no test or treatment, and the damage that it causes can be irreversible. The only true treatment is limiting their exposure to it.”

The most important step to avoid illness is to eradicate the plant from all pastures and grazing areas. Horse owners should walk through their property and review grass areas for the plant. Creeping Indigo is a prostrate plant that is commonly found in high traffic areas of grass, such as parking lots, turf, roadsides, medians, and overgrazed pastures. Flowers arise from the base of the leaves and are pink to salmon in color. It often grows under the grass, and when it is not flowering, it can be difficult to see. It also has a very deep root, so it is not easy to pull up.

Both neurologic and non-neurologic signs are documented, and researchers are uncertain how much Creeping Indigo a horse needs to consume before clinical signs appear.

The most notable signs are neurologic; horses may seem lethargic or have less energy than usual. Head carriage is often low, and there may be rhythmic blinking and jerking eye movements. An abnormal gait may be noticed, characterized by incoordination and weakness in all limbs.

Non-neurologic signs may include high heart and respiratory rates, high temperature, watery discharge from the eyes, discoloration of the cornea or corneal ulceration, or ulceration of the tongue and gums.

“There are so many varied symptoms that it is often not the first diagnosis you would think of,” Dr. Timmins explained. “There are also many other toxic plants, but if horses have access to good quality feed or grazing, they will not usually eat the toxic plants. The best solution is to find the plant, get rid of it, and not have to find out if it has been consumed.”

Horses that are quickly removed from the plants may recover completely, but there is no effective treatment, and symptoms may persist. The best way to prevent poisoning is to stop access to paddocks where Creeping Indigo is present and to remove plants by physical means or herbicide application.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic suggests that horse owners check their paddocks and grazing areas prior to use. For more information, call PBEC at 561-793-1599.

About Palm Beach Equine Clinic
The veterinarians and staff of PBEC are respected throughout the industry for their advanced level of care and steadfast commitment to horses and owners. With 28 skilled veterinarians on staff, including three board-certified surgeons, internal medicine specialists, and one of very few board-certified equine radiologists in the country, PBEC leads the way in new, innovative diagnostic imaging and treatments. Palm Beach Equine Clinic provides experience, knowledge, availability, and the very best care for its clients. To find out more, please visit www.equineclinic.com.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
Jump Media

No Land. No Horses.

Can Wild Horses and Burros Survive the 2016 Election?

There has been a move afoot for several years to privatize our public lands, turning over millions of acres owned by the American public to states or corporations or even individuals. Take the Bundy family for instance. They have refused to pay their grazing fees for decades, claiming that public lands belong to them because they live next door. Never mind they didn’t buy the land. They believe they are entitled.

This isn’t the first time a movement such as this reared its rapacious head. In the 1980s a Secretary of the Interior named James Watt supported a similar movement. It was called the Sagebrush Rebellion. Thankfully, he and the movement faded away, but guess what? They’re baaaaaack.

If you think wild horses and burros have had it tough in the past 20 years (and they have!) consider how much worse it would get if the state of Utah or Nevada for instance had the ability to make decisions on whether to allow wild horses and burros to roam free.

Without the protections afforded in the Wild Horse and Burro Act, the wild horses and burros would be history. Consider this when you vote next week. Where do your candidates stand on this issue?

The Cloud Foundation