Reclassification Of The Horse Is Addressed

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, in a white paper issued to its state association members and the media, is urging any states that may consider changes in the legal definition of the horse to look at the”P>The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, in a white paper issued to its state association members and the media, is urging any states”>The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, in a white paper”<FONT color

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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, in a “white paper” issued to its state association members and the media, is urging any states that may consider changes in the legal definition of the horse to look at the consequences of such action. It follows a similar document issued in early July by the American Horse Council and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


The white paper–a report on an issue–from TOBA suggests that changes in the definition of the horse from livestock to companion animal or nonfood animal could impact financing from the United States Department of Agriculture, and also have liability and tax ramifications for horse owners and breeders. TOBA president Drew Couto said the document was disseminated for information purposes only and is not a position paper.


“All we’re saying is that when confronted with the issue, make sure you understand its impact on other issues,” Couto said. “We’re not saying, ‘Don’t do it,’ but be sure to look at the consequences.”


Generally, proposed changes in the legal definition of the horse stem from animal-rights groups that believe racehorses are not properly cared for when their racing careers are over, and that they need more protection under the law. TOBA apparently does not quarrel with that intention

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