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A gift horse indeed: Equestrian vaulting opens doors for Arizona children with disabilities

Salt River Vaulters, an Arizona non-profit that makes it possible for children or adults with disabilities to participate in equine therapy and therapeutic vaulting, allows participants to grow physically and mentally and helps increase communication skills.... Read more»

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Az Racing Commissioner: Tracks like Rillito 'a killing field' for horses

Something is not right in Arizona horse racing. On Saturday I was at Rillito Racetrack in Tucson. There were two horses that suffered life-ending injuries on opening day. On Sunday, Rillito had two more dead horses. One during racing and another during an incident in the paddock.... Read more»

24 horse fatalities during Arizona's Turf Paradise racing season raise concerns

Turf Paradise is making headlines for the wrong reasons early in the horse racing season - since Nov. 5, 24 horses have died at the north Phoenix track, including 11 while racing, a death rate is nearly twice the national number in 2020.... Read more»

Crowns and cowgirls: Horsemanship, pageantry part of Miss Rodeo Arizona event

The 39th annual Miss Rodeo Arizona Scholarship Pageant - part of a long-standing tradition in the American West - recently crowned its 2022 Miss Rodeo Arizona, Kennadee Riggs, and Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona, Tova Conner, at Heart Cry Church in Queen Creek.... Read more»

Why are racehorses still dying? Authorities struggle to find the answers

Mongolian Groom was the 37th racehorse to die at the Southern California racetrack since December, tying the park record, which had been set the previous year. More thoroughbreds have died at Santa Anita than any other racetrack in the country.... Read more»

Heroes on Horses uses therapeutic riding to help Az veterans

Joseph Bailey Jr. starts his Thursday mornings with Fiesta, a black-and-white-patterned horse. Bailey brushes Fiesta and whispers in his ear for him to behave before the two begin their ride. A Navy veteran, Bailey lost the use of his left leg and hand due to a spinal problem that developed three decades after his discharge. The Southern Arizona VA referred him to Heroes on Horses to help him rehabilitate from a 2002 surgery.... Read more»

Providers of animal massage in legal battle with state vet board

Celeste Kelly has been making a living as a horse massager for more than a decade and is certified by three private schools as an equine massager, but 18 months ago the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board sent her a cease-and-desist letter for diagnosing and treating an animal without a veterinary license.... Read more»

New Mexico reins in permit for new horse slaughterhouse

The New Mexico Environment Department has declined to renew a wastewater permit for the Valley Meat Co., which is due to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell on Aug. 5. The facility will be the first new horse slaughterhouse in the United States in six years.... Read more»

Horse slaughterhouses to reopen in U.S.

The U.S. government has given the go-ahead to a slaughterhouse that will produce horse meat for human consumption. The plant, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM, is the first such slaughterhouse in the country in six years.... Read more»

Tombstone’s tinkle trail ends at 'sandbox'

Like tourists, horses are common on Tombstone’s streets. And most of them – horses and tourists – are properly potty trained.... Read more»

Border Patrol's latest agents: Six wild mustangs

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents saddled up six former wild mustangs in Willcox on Friday. The mustangs will become part of the Border Patrol's horse unit that aids agents while patrolling remote and rugged terrain. (with videos)... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Slaughter of horses needs congressional attention

Wild horses embody the Western spirit that has animated our national conversation about protecting animals and open spaces. Horses and burros form some of the strongest bonds with humans found anywhere in the animal kingdom. We shouldn't leave horse slaughter, public or private, in the no man's land it currently occupies.... Read more»

State launches registry to help abandoned horses

Brandy needed urgent medical care, Rim Rock was abandoned and Priya had been abused. These three, now at Arizona Equine Rescue Organization Inc., represent the fate of many horses in Arizona these days.... Read more»