Horse Slaughter Opponents Sue USDA Over Permits

A coalition of animal protection groups is asking a federal court in northern California to block the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants. A lawsuit filed Monday by the Humane Society of the United States, four other groups and five individuals seeks an emergency injunction to overturn the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s […]

Strawn Valley Ranch Announces Complete Dispersal

Strawn Valley Ranch, Strawn, Texas, has announced they will be holding a complete dispersal sale of approximately 48 head of cutting stock. The sale, to be managed by Western Bloodstock, will be held on Sept. 25 at Silverado on the Brazos, the day before the start of the Brazos Bash. Read more at the Mineral […]

What Is Acceptable?

On June 3, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held a Town Hall meeting to discuss equine welfare. The three-hour meeting, available to view at, had a short, but powerful agenda. Two of the items centered around rule changes – one to institute mandatory reporting of horses that collapse at a USEF-licensed show for no apparent reason; and the other to prohibit injections within 12 hours of competition, with minor exceptions.

Now, just because cutting and reined cow horse aren’t USEF disciplines, like reining, doesn’t mean the rest of you shouldn’t pay attention, too. History has proven time and again that equestrian sports don’t operate in a bubble – what happens to one can, and will, eventually happen to us all. So listen up.

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Learning Your Lessons

bankston jimmyIn cutting – really everywhere, but cutting is all that matters – we tend to have a higher estimation of ourselves than is correct. We think we are fine, everybody else thinks we are rough. Buy us for what we are worth, sell us for what we think we are worth, and you’d have a nice profit. This makes for a poor student. If you have to learn all your lessons the hard way, you will be bruised and battered, like a chicken fried steak.

Feds Approve NM Horse Processing Plant

Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company’s application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant. In approving Valley Meat Co. plans to produce horse meat, USDA officials also indicated that they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and […]

Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

On June 27, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) on a 68 to 32 vote.  The AHC supports this bill because it would fix many of the immigration issues facing the horse industry. Read the complete story from the American Horse Council.