Nevada Gov Sides with Welfare Cows While Trashing Wild Horses

Story by Scott Sonner as published on The Spectrum

Sandoval urges relaxed grazing restrictions as drought wanes

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

RENO, Nev. – Gov. Brian Sandoval is urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reconsider livestock grazing restrictions in northeast Nevada, saying that may now be unwarranted given a wet winter that has drought conditions on the mend.

The Republican governor who recently called for expedited roundups of wild horses in Nevada says the agency’s current management scheme wrongly prioritizes mustangs ahead of ranchers — a matter of much debate for decades in the 10 western states where the mustangs roam from California to Colorado.

Sandoval said widespread precipitation has provided healthy forage and water resources in areas stung by five consecutive years of drought.

“Drought conditions in 2015 were a very different story and decisions based on that timeframe need to be revisited — especially decisions that drastically affect an industry and the livelihoods of many hardworking Nevadans,” he said in a letter last week to BLM Nevada State Director John Ruhs arguing against grazing restrictions anticipated this summer based on last fall’s assessments.

Sandoval said he’s concerned about the growing over-population of horses, “the negative impact they have on our rangeland, and the burden of the proposed solution being solely put upon the livestock industry.”

He said the proposed action “prioritizes wild horse populations above livestock producers.”

Nevada is home to nearly 28,000 wild horses — more than half of the 47,000 estimated in the West. BLM argues the range can sustain less than half that many — about 12,000 in Nevada and 26,000 nationally.

Nevada BLM spokesman Stephen Clutter told The Associated Press that agency officials are conducting tours with grazing permittees to observe on-the-ground conditions and discuss management options and changes for the 2016 season.

Clutter agrees there’s been “significant improvements” in drought conditions over the past year but expressed caution. “The effects of drought are cumulative and it can take several years of good precipitation for vegetation to fully recover,” he said.

At the governor’s wildland fire briefing in Carson City last week, Nevada State Water Engineer Jason King said the 2015-16 winter was good when considering the four years prior.

“I characterize it as an average water year,” King said. “We’re doing much better than we were, but we’re not out of the drought and we shouldn’t forget that.”

Clutter said grazing restrictions are one of the tools the agency has to protect the ecological health of the range, and the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 is just one of many laws that guide BLM.

Under that law, areas where the animals were found in 1971 are to be managed “principally but not necessarily exclusively” for wild horses or burros, Clutter said

Greta Anderson, deputy director of the Idaho-based conservation group the Western Watersheds Project, said it’s clear ranchers have no legal right to graze their livestock on public lands.

“They have the privilege of having the preference to graze when conditions are favorable as determined by the BLM and based on science,” she said. “First in line should be the endangered species like the sage grouse that absolutely need to be relieved of livestock grazing in their range if they are going to recover.”

Anderson said Sandoval’s letter is “indicative of how politicized public lands livestock grazing is — with the industry getting politicians to strong-arm agency decision making.”

“Instead, the governor should be concerned with job creation programs for a sustainable economy,” she said, “and propping up the cowboy culture of the arid West isn’t it.”

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2016/05/29/sandoval-urges-relaxed-grazing-restrictions-drought-wanes/85141246/

Memorial Day: Learning from NYC’s Horse Soldier Monument

By Dan McSweeney as published on the New York Post

“…the image of the mounted warrior serves to weave a thread of continuity through our history as a people…”

The Horse Soldier Monument statue Photo: Reuters

The Horse Soldier Monument statue Photo: Reuters

It’s easy to sleepwalk through New York City without noticing everywhere around us the evidence of our military men and women’s ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day, which many Americans view as the start of summer, is a good time for us to wake up.

Emanating from our very first war memorials — erected before the Revolutionary War — America now maintains thousands of them across the globe. Collectively, they tell the long and complicated story of our emergence on the world stage.

There are more than 270 war memorials in New York City alone. The newest was moved to its permanent site on the southwest corner of the World Trade Center on May 4. Known informally as the Horse Soldier Statue, it depicts a lone American special operator in Afghanistan, launching our offensive just after the 9/11 attacks in what has since become the longest war in our history.

The statue’s official name is “America’s Response Monument, De Oppresso Liber.” It was commissioned by a small group of bank executives who lost friends and loved ones at Ground Zero. Its rendering was funded by the Green Beret and Gary Sinise foundations and contributions by many private citizens.

According to the sculptor, Douwe Blumberg, “the image of the mounted warrior serves to weave a thread of continuity through our history as a people.” To some, the 16-foot statue draws upon an enduring American mythology of rugged individualism and the horseback taming of a wild land. There is irony here in considering the intense teamwork upon which military operations depend and the advanced technology and complicated alliances necessary in defeating the enemies we currently face.

Whatever one’s interpretation of the Horse Soldier, we shouldn’t fixate on the bronze and stone of this or any other statue on Memorial Day. It’s infinitely more important to understand and deeply feel the sentiments that motivated their creation. In doing so, we develop a clear view of the biggest threat facing America today: distraction and complacency in the body politic.

The total commitment and sacrifice of the mounted warrior stand in stark contrast to that dangerous mind-set and make for an appropriate memorial to those who have served in all branches of the armed services since 9/11…(CONTINUED)

http://nypost.com/2016/05/29/learning-from-new-york-citys-270-plus-war-memorials/

Feel Good Sunday: Frederik the Great ~ the ‘handsome’ horse that’s going viral

by as published on The Guardian

“With a flowing black mane, strong torso and noble bearing, his supporters have described him as ‘magnificent’ and ‘sexy’ – and he’s even been offered film roles…”

Frederik the Great is ‘absolutely’ aware of his good looks. Photograph: Facebook

Frederik the Great is ‘absolutely’ aware of his good looks. Photograph: Facebook

The owner of Frederik the Great, hailed as “the most handsome horse in the world”, has praised the stallion as a “showman” who will not let fame change him.

Frederik, a 15-year-old Friesian stallion based in Arkansas, entered the public consciousness this week after people began sharing pictures of him online.

Blessed with a flowing black mane, strong torso and noble bearing, the horse was an instant hit. His supporters have described him as “handsome”, “magnificent” and “sexy”, and he has been offered film roles.

“The first time I laid eyes on him,” said Stacy Nazario, owner of Pinnacle Friesians, the farm Frederik calls home, “I knew he was an exceptional stallion.”

Nazario acquired Frederik when he was six years old. She imported him from the Netherlands, where he had been co-habitating with his mother, and brought him to live with her on her farm in the Ozark mountains.

“His personality went right along with his looks. He’s just phenomenal. His temperament is sweet. I could put a baby right next to him and he would just be gentle with it. He’s a gentle giant.”

While Frederik only rose to widespread fame this week, Nazario said he has had a cult following for some time.

“He’s always been popular with his fanbase,” she said. “Before this his videos and his photographs have been all over. He’s got fans from all over the world.”

Images from Frederik’s Facebook page have been shared thousands of times, in which he demonstrates a wide range of poses. He is shown galloping through a field with his head up and chest out, proud and true, but is also seen in more reflective repose, gazing out over a wooden fence.

This combination of power and sensitivity goes someway toward explaining his appeal.

“There will NEVER be a more majestic, handsome, sexy horse on the face of the earth. Never, ever. I wish I could just touch and “smell” him just once,” wrote Facebook user Sharon Younts under a picture of Frederik running wild and free.

“He is so stately & proud!! Magnificent!!!” commented Donald Ledford, responding to a photo of Frederik rearing up on his hind legs.

Nazario said Frederik, who enjoys taking part in dressage competitions, is “absolutely” aware of his good looks.

“He lights up when he’s in the arena or when there’s photography going on. It’s almost like watching a celebrity, you know, the difference between when they’re at home and under the lights,” Nazario said. But, she said, Frederik would not be seduced by the fickle mistress of fame.

“He’s that gentle and sweet of a horse, which is ingrained in his personality, that will not change.”

One of Frederik’s most distinctive features is his long mane, which flows down almost to his fetlocks. The striking body of hair has attracted admiration from expert horse fanciers as well as casual enthusiasts.

“He’s very noble to look at, he has a lot of presence,” said Melody Hames, a horse hairdresser who runs JMC Equestrian Custom Clippings in Lancashire, UK. “You see power but at the same time elegance.”

Hames praised Frederik’s smooth, shiny coat, and sleek mane, a look she said could be achieved by using special horse hair conditioner, which she recommended leaving in the hair until dry.

Elizabeth Moyer, editor of Horse Illustrated magazine, said Frederik the Great had all the characteristics of a handsome horse.

“From the standpoint of beauty, what makes an attractive horse: a shiny coat and a fabulous mane and hale definitely contribute to a handsome horse.

“Athletic talent and beautiful movement also add to a horse’s appeal. But clearly I can see a great presence and attitude [in Frederik] that has captured the attention of the general public as well as horse lovers everywhere.”

A busy few months lie in wait for Frederik. He has media commitments, including photo and video shoots, and Nazario is considering a couple of movie offers. The horse is also standing at stud – “Frederik ships only fresh cooled semen,” according to his website – and has dressage competitions coming up.

On Friday afternoon, though, Frederik was content to be away from the spotlight, just a horse being a horse.

“He’s just eating grass, walking around, he’ll look out at the deer,” Nazario said. “He loves to just relax.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/28/frederik-the-great-viral-horse-facebook

Action Alert: Please Tell Appropriations Committee Members to Maintain Federal Protection for Our Wild Horses

Source:  wildhoofbeats.com

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by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Appropriations Sub-Committee on the Interior will be voting next week in Washington D.C. on the BLM’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request.  We need you to send your opposition comments to the Administration’s BLM policy changes affecting the Wild Horse and Burro Program. They want to do this through the Appropriations Bill.  The BLM is calling for changes to the Wild Horse and Burro program that will set a dangerous precedent for many years to come.

BLM’s proposal would allow for unlimited transfers of wild horses to other Federal, State and local government agencies for use as work animals.  The transfer of wild horses under the provision would be unlimited, would be subject to immediate transfer of ownership (instead of a one-year wait required by the 1971 Act) and the horses would lose their status as a wild free-roaming horse or burro as defined by the Act.

There is grave concern from the American public that without protections, these horses may be sold to slaughter and that this could be a convenient way to get rid of the horses and burros.

The proposal also indicates the BLM’s plans to use permanent and dangerous sterilization techniques to control populations of free-roaming horses and burros.

However, there is no overpopulation of wild horses and burros on our public land.  Most herds, 78% have numbers below the level necessary to sustain genetic viability – 150 adults.  Wild Horses have lost 22 million acres where they were originally found at the time the 1971 Act.  Livestock grazing outnumbers wild horses in all of the Herd Management Areas where they are supposed to be managed as the “principle species” by 100 – 1.

Protection of our wild horses and burros is Federal, and their care and management should never be transferred to state and local governments, many of whom have been aggressively calling for the elimination of wild horses from their states.  Wild horses are vulnerable to ending up at slaughter under this misguided plan.

The sterilization research that is being performed on wild mares is so dangerous that it would be unsafe even being performed in a sterile environment on domestic mares, let alone on wild mares in a filthy holding facility or out in the field.  Sterilization is a permanent solution, and will lead the end of wild horses on our public lands.  This is truly management to extinction.

If the BLM is concerned about the growing numbers of wild horses in holding facilities, then they need to STOP rounding them up and not proceed with the roundups of thousands more wild horses in Wyoming this fall of 2016.  Our wild horses need to managed on the range, not rounded up and removed and warehoused at great and greater taxpayer expense.

Please call and send your comments to these Committee members:

REPUBLICANS–
• Tom Cole, OK- 202-225-6631- holmes.whalen@mail.house.gov
• David Joyce, OH -202-225-5731-amanda.shaw@mail.house.gov
• Chris Stewart, UT-202-225-9730- Cam.Madsen@mail.house.gov
• Mark Amodei, NV- 202-225-6155- stephanie.walker@mail.house.gov
• Evan Jenkins, WV -202-225-3452 brian.barnard@mail.house.gov
DEMOCRATS
• Chellie Pingree, ME- 202-225-6116, kimber.colton@mail.house.gov
• Derek Kilmer, WA- 202-225-5916- katie.r.allen@mail.house.gov
• Steve Israel, NY -202-225-3335-mark.snyder@mail.house.gov

Texas’ Laughing Horse Ranch not Laughing: Underwater, AGAIN

by R.T. Fitch, president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“We rescued the horses from the lower pastures before the water swallowed everything…”

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IMG_587212+ inches of rain in only a few hours and our rescued horses, cats, dog, Terry and I are huddled together on top of our little hill with the water actually lapping at the doors of our barn and house.

We have been here for ten years and have never seen anything like this, it eclipses the flood of last month and the water has not stopped rising.

Our concern goes out to Marjoree Farabee and her hundreds of rescued donkeys, burros, mules and horses.

More news as time permits.

Keep the Faith

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Update: Paint Ball Abused Horse gets Royal Treatment from Stewarts

by Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer of Philly.com

“She is just the sweetest, sweetest horse I’ve ever met…”

Clem Murray / Staff Photographer Tracey Stewart and Lily, the neglected and abused horse she and her husband, Jon, have adopted.

Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
Tracey Stewart and Lily, the neglected and abused horse she and her husband, Jon, have adopted.

Unlike her husband, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, Tracey Stewart isn’t comfortable in front of cameras – something she isn’t shy about acknowledging.

But she stood in front of more than a dozen reporters at a private animal-rehabilitation center in Kennett Square, Chester County, on Wednesday to gush about a new member of the Stewart family – Lily, the horse found malnourished and splattered with paint in Lancaster County in March.

“She is just the sweetest, sweetest horse I’ve ever met,” Stewart said.

Lily also evidently is one of the luckiest.

The Stewarts adopted Lily and will bring her to live at their animal sanctuary in Colts Neck, N.J. SPCA investigators said Lily had been headed for slaughter.

Stewart said she was glad to use the family’s fame to shine a light on animal-welfare issues and adopt Lily after hearing her “really disturbing, really horrifying” story.

But she stood in front of more than a dozen reporters at a private animal-rehabilitation center in Kennett Square, Chester County, on Wednesday to gush about a new member of the Stewart family – Lily, the horse found malnourished and splattered with paint in Lancaster County in March.

“She is just the sweetest, sweetest horse I’ve ever met,” Stewart said.

Lily also evidently is one of the luckiest.

The Stewarts adopted Lily and will bring her to live at their animal sanctuary in Colts Neck, N.J. SPCA investigators said Lily had been headed for slaughter.

Stewart said she was glad to use the family’s fame to shine a light on animal-welfare issues and adopt Lily after hearing her “really disturbing, really horrifying” story.

It is unclear how Lily came to be covered in paint, but an investigator with Lancaster County’s SPCA said that Lily was so sore she had to be sedated when she was rescued and that the paint took weeks to wash off, conditions that suggested she was hit with paintballs.

That conclusion was disputed Wednesday by Lily’s former owner, Doreen Weston of Pittstown, N.J. She told the Associated Press the horse actually was used for finger painting by children before she gave it to a dealer, not shot with paintballs. Weston said that the horse loved the children’s touch and that she had let officials know early on of the finger-painting.

The Lancaster County SPCA’s director, Susan Martin, responded that she did not find Weston credible, saying she should have come forward weeks ago.

Lily, a relatively old horse, was emaciated when she was found. Veterinarians had to remove her right eye, which had lost its sight due to disease.

Since March, Lily has gained 150 pounds and looks healthy.

The Stewarts also adopted Anita, a mare that lost an eye to cancer and was rescued from auction about a year ago. Lily and Anita, both recently treated at The University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, have become friends.

Stewart offered to adopt Lily after hearing about her from an official at Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit in New York with which the Stewarts work. At Wednesday’s event she wore a Farm Sanctuary shirt.

At the Stewarts’ sanctuary, Lily will be “living the good life” and “doing whatever she wants all day,” Stewart said.

The public will be able to visit Lily at the sanctuary starting next spring. Stewart also plans to keep people updated on Lily through a Facebook page, the Daily Squeal.

At Wednesday’s news conference, Stewart hugged and thanked Kelly Smith, director of the Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in York County, for taking care of Lily. Smith said people need to remember there are thousands of horses like Lily that need rescuing.

The dealer, Philip Price Jr., 65, of Rhode Island, dropped off Lily for auction in March at the New Holland Sales Stables in Lancaster County, law enforcement officials said. Price was convicted last week by a district judge in New Holland of five summary counts relating to his handling of Lily, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

“We’re happy justice was served in this case and Lily will be going to a great new home,” said Christine Wilson, an assistant district attorney.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160526_Paint-balled_horse_gets_royal_treatment_from_Stewarts.html#XRs6jHjYGD6fwiPO.99

The BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Statistics Continue to Suck

Forward by R.T. Fitch, commentary and stats provided by Grandma Gregg

Dunce Welfare Cow“For years we have verified and reported on the BLM’s junk science, bogus numbers, poor math and yet they continue to spew nonsense, propaganda and misinformation to the ever eager and uninformed mainstream media.  From buzzwords like ‘feral’ and ‘overpopulation’ the BLM spins tales of doom and gloom about the upcoming apocalypse of the wild ones while ignoring the profiteering of welfare ranchers whose subsidized, private cattle out number protected wild horses and burros by 100s to 1 on our public lands.

Once again, our avid researcher, Grandma Gregg, has discovered yet another number published by the BLM that would make one believe that our wild burros are reproducing faster than cloned rabbits.  If it were not so illegal and sad it would be funny.” ~ R.T.


Wild Burros Really DO have Litters!

(Data from BLM Herd Stats)

Although it is not REALLY funny … take a look at BLM’s math … the little burros were sure “going at it” that year with a 202% increase!

250 burros had 504 (surviving) babies in ONE year!

Quick … call the Guinness Book of World Records!

Big Sandy
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats BLM AML       111-139
Year       (March 1st) Increase /Decrease % Change Known Removals Subtotal Last Capture/Removal
3/1/2016 1201 166 16% Aug-13
3/1/2015 1035 135 15% Aug-13
2014 900 146 19% Aug-13
2013 754 504 202% Jul-07
2012 250 41 20% Nov-09
2011 209 27 15% Nov-09
2010 182 -2 -1% Nov-09
2009 184 25 16% Jun-03
2008 159 22 16% Jun-03
2007 137 -2 -1% Jun-03
2006 139 0 0% Jun-03
2005 139 Jun-03

Ohio State veterinarian and engineer to research ‘improved’ contraception for wild horses

By Fran Jurga as published on The Equus
“The war against our native wild horses and burros takes on many faces as the BLM turns up the volume in it’s mission to mismanage our federally protected wild equines into extinction while catering to grazing, hunting, mining and other special interests.” ~ R.T.


On May 11, 2016, the BLM released new(?) statistics on the wild horse and burro population.

frankMarco Coutinho da Silva, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACT, associate professor-clinical of theriogenology and reproductive medicine in OSU’s Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Dr. John Lannutti, professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, are collaborating in an effort to curb the overpopulation of wild horses  and burros in the United States, thanks to an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Wild horses and burros (WH&B) can be found roaming free in many western states. The animals have been federally protected since 1971 as part of the Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which declares the animals “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west.”

On May 11, 2016, the BLM released new statistics on the wild horse and burro population. In 1971, there were 25,000 WH&B on U.S. lands. Over the past few decades, the WH&B population has surged to an unprecedented 67,000, which is 40,000 more than the BLM’s Acceptable Management Level of 27,000 at which wildlife and livestock can live in balance with the animals.

Currently, the animals are rounded up every three years and given various treatments, one being a contraceptive. The contraceptive is in the form of a vaccine that contains porcine zona pellucida (PZP), which inhibits pregnancy by stimulating the creation of antibodies that prevent sperm from attaching to eggs….the propaganda continues here: http://equusmagazine.com/blog/ohio-state-veterinarian-pzp-contraceptive-wild-horses-blm-53121#sthash.9tN9nbJ4.dpuf

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Dying Vietnam Vet Asks for Final Meeting with Beloved Horses Outside Hospital

FoxNews.com

“When the horse came up to him he actually opened his eyes…”

Photo: (Lupe Hernandez, South Texas Veterans Health Care System)

Photo: (Lupe Hernandez, South Texas Veterans Health Care System)

Vietnam veteran Roberto Gonzalez’s final wish was granted Saturday when he was reunited with his beloved horses — Ringo and Sugar — outside of a Texas VA hospital.

Gonzalez, of Premont, Texas, who was shot and paralyzed during the war, was wheeled outside the front doors of Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio where he was greeted by the horses he had raised for decades, mySA.com reported.

Gonzalez, who was one of the hospital’s first patients when it opened in 1974, had asked his family to see his horses one last time. The family passed along the request to hospital staff who gladly obliged. Ringo and Sugar then made the 150-mile trip to the hospital to see him.

“Horses are his life,” his wife, Rosario Gonzalez, told KABB. “We’ve been training and raising horses for 30, 40 years.”

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System posted a photo of the meeting on its Facebook page on Sunday, calling Gonzalez a great American and identifying him as one of the first patients at the hospital.

“A heartfelt Thank you, to all at Audie L. Murphy V A Hospital,” Rosario Gonzalez posted in response. “A special thank you to the spinal cord staff, all of you became a part of our family.

“The care you have been giving my husband and to me goes above and beyond,” she wrote. “You are our angels God Bless you all.”

Gonzalez reportedly learned that his kidneys and liver were failing when he recently visited the hospital for a back wound.

“He never let his injuries slow him down. He loved horses, he loved cattle, he loved ranching and farming. He was proud to serve his country,” Rosario Gonzalez told ABC affiliate KSAT.

Gonzalez’s May 21 visit with the horses came 46 years to the day after he was wounded in Vietnam. His wife told local media stations that her husband was one of the only licensed, handicapped horse trainers in Texas.

“When the horse came up to him he actually opened his eyes. They came up to him and I think they were actually kissing him,” Gonzalez told News4SA.com.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/23/dying-vietnam-vet-asks-for-final-meeting-with-beloved-horses-outside-hospital.html

2 Horses Die in Races Before Preakness

“A total of 4,649 thoroughbreds…died in racetrack-related incidents from 2009 to 2015…”

Two racehorses died Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, site of the Preakness Stakes to be held later in the day.

Homeboykris leads Saturday in the race he later won. The horse died on his way back to the barn.

Homeboykris leads Saturday in the race he later won. The horse died on his way back to the barn.

Homeboykris collapsed after the first race of the day while walking back to his barn. The horse, a 9-year-old gelding, won the race at the Maryland track in Baltimore.

Trainer Francis Campitelli was in the stands when his horse went down.

He told The Baltimore Sun, “The boy that takes care of him said they had gone probably 100 yards, and he got wobbly and fell over and he pretty much was dead when he hit the ground.”

Campitelli said they thought the horse was in “really good health” and why he died was still a bit of a mystery.

“They’re thinking at this point it was some sort of heart attack … ruptured aorta or something like that,” he told the Sun. We won’t know until they do a necropsy on him, just to find out exactly what happened.”

>Pramedya, a 4-year-old filly, fractured a cannon bone in her leg while running on grass in the fourth race and was euthanized on the track. Jockey Daniel Centeno broke his collarbone in the fall.

The horses will have necropsies performed at New Bolton Center Hospital in southeastern Pennsylvania, Pimlico spokesman David Joseph said.<

Mike Hopkins, executive director of Maryland Racing Commission, said those tests usually take seven to 10 days.

“It really is unfortunate,” he told CNN. “We at the Maryland Racing Commission take safety and integrity very seriously and we conducted thorough examinations and inspections before every race, as well as after every race. We have several veterinarians on-staff and on-site, and we inspect them in the barns, in the paddock, and at the starting gate.”

Pramedya is owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who owned Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby who pulled up lame during the Preakness. He underwent eight months of veternary care but was euthanized in in January 2007. Pramedya had won two of her first four career starts, including one race this year.

Homeboykris had run 62 races before Saturday, winning 13 and finishing in the top three 28 times. He finished 16th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby.

A closer look at racing deaths

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called on the horses’ owners “to release veterinary records & complete list of medications that horses were administered before #Preakness races.”

A 2012 New York Times look into horse racing found that 24 horses die each week in the United States on average. The Times wrote that after Eight Belles was euthanized on the track after the 2008 Kentucky Derby, Congress got the horse racing industry to increase safety for horses and riders. One of the measures was a policy banning many anabolic steroids.

A total of 4,649 thoroughbreds — a rate of 1.87 for every 1,000 starts — died in racetrack-related incidents from 2009 to 2015, according to the Equine Injury Database compiled by The Jockey Club. In 2015, the fatality rate was the lowest (1.62) of the seven years for which data was available,

“These improving fatality rates are clear evidence that we can move the needle and that the efforts of so many are truly bearing fruit,” Dr. Mary Scollay, the equine medical director in Kentucky, said in March.

The Jockey Club, the registry for thoroughbred horses in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, said the data include horses that had injuries that caused death within 72 hours of a race. The data doesn’t include quarter horses or standardbred horses.

Last week, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety & Intergrity Alliance announced that it had reaccredited Pimlico Race Course.

“We are proud to once again earn the highest of marks in safety and integrity in the alliance’s accreditation,” Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said.