HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Author and journalist Steven Long, editor of Horseback Magazine and Horseback Online, was recognized Monday for outstanding journalism based on his investigative work in the delivery of quality health care for Texas horses in a story on the continuing battle between equine dentists and the veterinary establishment. He was also cited “for his work protecting the rights of personal choice of Texas horse owners.”
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is attempting to put lay dentists out of business, despite the extreme lack of training most vets receive on the horse’s mouth.
The award was presented before the prestigious Greater Houston Horse Council by the Association of Equine Health Professionals, an industry trade organization that supports both veterinary and non-veterinary equine health practitioners.
Presenting the award was James Hardie, founder of the AEHP, and Loren Hardie, an equine dentist.
“The Greater Houston Horse Council is one of the most powerful voices for horses in the State of Texas,” Hardie said. “And Steven Long and Horseback Magazine have done more than anyone else to bring the issue before the public and our government officials.”
“I’m absolutely thunderstruck” Long said. “I had absolutely no idea this was coming. I did nothing more than my job covering a very complex issue and an apparent injustice to some very important care givers.”
Writing about healthcare issues is nothing new for Long. His first book, Death Without Dignity, exposed catastrophic nursing failure in a nursing home. It won a State Bar of Texas Award for distinguished journalism. The book was published by Texas Monthly Press
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