Horse Authority: In the News

As of 2019, Horse Authority’s equine and news expertise are highlighted and utilized as a source for mainstream media outlets. Similarly, our work is included in two books, with another on the way. Its focus is on equine law.

Our in-depth news investigation after a pony’s death, allegedly at the end of a needle, also landed us on the front page of The New York Times. Then, the investigative TV news series Full Measure sourced Horse Authority (formerly Rate My Horse PRO) after dozens of dead animals were found on the property of a Virginia non-profit horse rescue. And the list goes on.

To date, EQUUS is the only major equine magazine to publish information about our work, while also utilizing us as a source.



Are you a member of the press that needs to interview equine experts or horse welfare advocates? As journalists, Horse Authority’s team knows how to help and is happy to do so, whenever possible.

We also work closely, in the background, with authorities needing help with animal cruelty cases. These interactions are kept in strict confidence. Feel free to use us as a resource. If we don’t know the answer, we will get you to someone who does.

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Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson


The Investigative TV News Series Full Measures looks at When Horse Rescuers become Horse Abusers features Horse Authority as a source
Debbie Hanson

Full Measure featuring (formerly Rate My Horse PRO) Horse rescues and equine abuse, a not so uncommon occurrence, but why?The syndicated investigative news series Full Measure sourced Horse Authority (formerly Rate My Horse PRO) in late 2015 after a horrific animal cruelty case at a Virginia horse rescue.

Sharyl Attkisson is an Emmy winning journalist. In this episode, she explores the factors that may lead horse rescuers down a path of animal cruelty. 







When Horse Theft Is Not A "Crime" | EQUUS Interviews Debbie Hanson of Rate My Horse PRO
Horse Authority (formerly Rate My Horse PRO) in When Horse Theft is Not a “Crime”


The August 2015 edition of EQUUS horse magazine features the article When Horse Theft is Not a “Crime”.

Rate My Horse PRO’s Debbie Hanson offers tips to help horse owners from becoming victims.

“When engaging the services of a friend or professional in the industry, a contract is essential, and is meant to protect both parties,” says Debbie Hanson of…

… The contract does not have to be formally put together by an attorney, although that is ideal, says Hanson. However, she says, “The agreed-upon terms should be noted and the document must be signed by both parties.”

Keep the contract current at all times. “We see victims get into trouble when the initial contract ends and new terms are agreed upon verbally,” says Hanson. “Always protect yourself; don’t get comfortable. Add the new terms to the original contract and have both parties sign and date it. If they won’t agree to it in writing, walk away.”


The EQUUS article states:

Since 2010, has advocated for fair practices within the horse industry by providing a resource for people to rate trainers and other equestrian professionals. The site also offers criminal background checks, sample contracts, and a compendium of news stories, including horse professionals who have been charged with criminal activity.

The horse magazine lists Rate My Horse PRO as a recommended resource for horse owners.




Equine Journal


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