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Read news that's good for horses! Equine health, welfare and culture news curated by Fran Jurga and hosted by EQUUSMagazine.com
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VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue California Horse from Barn Loft

VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue California Horse from Barn Loft | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Sacramento Metro firefighters and members of the University of California at Davis Veterinarian Medical Response team rescued a horse from the second story of a hay loft on Christmas Eve.


@FranJurga writes: This time of year, we hear abour horses falling through thin ice, floundering through swimming pool covers, or being marooned by blizzards.


But here's a rescue of an entirely different sort, as a California horse tested the problem-solving skills of the rescue crew.


Click on the headline or image to watch the video and read the article.


Read lots more about horse rescue in the archives of The Jurga Report, a news-filled horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on equiesearch.com.

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Listen/Download/Embed/Tweet/Share: The ScoopIt Horse Sport News for This Week with Chris Stafford and Fran Jurga

Listen/Download/Embed/Tweet/Share: The ScoopIt Horse Sport News for This Week with Chris Stafford and Fran Jurga | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

@franjurga writes: Here we go again! Now that the Olympics are over, the politics can take back the news. 


No, not the Democratic National Convention--horse welfare politics!


Chris Stafford and I discuss some of the issues in the horse world. To me, they're all eggs in one basket. Sneeze at a Walking horse show and someone feels it at a three-day-event.


Keep your eye on the news because the way that equine welfare and reform are handled will affect us all.


How much can you cover in one podcast? Not nearly enough and some comments barely scratch the surface. 


Tune in, listen, download the file, embed it on your blog or web site, listen on iTunes--it's all yours!

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Horses, rhinos come to air cargo's aid in recession | Reuters

Horses, rhinos come to air cargo's aid in recession | Reuters | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Milano de Flore, waiting dozily at Frankfurt airport for a flight to Buenos Aires after competing in the London Olympics, had no idea how important he is to the air freight business.


Lufthansa Cargo, the freight arm of Germany's leading airline Deutsche Lufthansa transports around 100 million live animals per year, almost as many as the number of passengers served by parent Lufthansa.


@FranJurga writes: I loved this article, which explains the rise of equine air cargo, and the entry of Emirates Air to the international carrier list. I'd love to learn more about air transport of horses. Am I the only one who is interested in this aspect of the international horse world?


Click the bold headline or photo to read the article on the Reuters web site.


Keep an eye on the high-flying world of equine health and welfare by reading The Jurga Report for EQUUS Magazine on equisearch.com.

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Will Kentucky Horse Park's new plan bring financial success? | Kentucky.com

Will Kentucky Horse Park's new plan bring financial success? | Kentucky.com | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"As a competitive venue, the Kentucky Horse Park has it all — except a way to break even financially...


"...In some ways, the Horse Park exists in a bubble of top-level competition and tourism — a popular place for riders, spectators and vendors where economic concerns seem remote."


@FranJurga writes: I thought this news story from Lexington, Kentucky was excellent in bringing some of the focus in larger and international media home to roost. While the world watches London and focuses on celebs without budgets like Zara Phillips and her $800K horse-home-on-wheels and Ann Romney's budget of $70,000 to spend caring for her Olympic dressage horse Rafalca, let's come back down to earth at a place we all know (and love): The Kentucky Horse Park.


But wait a minute. Those of us who know the Park know it to be the crossroads of the horse universe, where tourist families rub elbows with Olympic athletes.


But this article suggests that the clientele of the Park is elitist and irrelevant and that the Park has been deemed undeserving of any support from the city of Lexington. A startling revelation: Lexington funnels all its tourism tax dollars to its own convention center and convention and visitors bureau--without giving anything back to the Horse Park, which filled a lot of those hotels and restaurants. (Note: some activities of the CVB are involved with horse-related tourism.)


The Horse Park--and the horse industry--are not blameless in the existence of this oversight, and it's not just Lexington that holds this view. Far too little is being done nationwide to reach out to the public and involve them in horse sports and horse tourism. Until local and state government officials perceive horse sports as having public support and involvement, requests for taxpayer support may go unanswered.


Compare this to The Netherlands and other European countries where even privately-owned riding stables get government support for public access programs. Compare this to public support in the US for other sports venues like stadiums and to public support for other sports events.


What are we doing? What should we be doing? Why aren't we doing it?


Read much more about the culture of equestrianism and the all-important news on horse health on The Jurga Report, Fran Jurga's blog for EQUUS Magazine on equisearch.com.


Click on the big bold headline at the top to read the article on Kentucky.com.


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