We are owners, trainers, and veterinarians concerned about the misinformation regarding the medication furosemide (Lasix), which is used to control the disease Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage, (EIPH). Lasix is the only medication proven to be beneficial in the control of EIPH, a disease that affects a large majority of horses during strenuous exercise. We believe that Lasix is essential for the health and welfare of racehorses. Thus, this website sponsored by Equine Health and Welfare Alliance, (EHWA) was designed to educate the public. Some stakeholders in the industry have said that the general public cannot be educated about this issue (“cannot tell the difference between Lasix and cocaine”), while others feel that the general public does not care about the health and welfare of horses. We do not believe this to be true!
EHWA is a highly regarded non-profit organization that has sponsored several research studies and other activities affecting the health and welfare of horses. The EHWA is a Kentucky-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promote, protect and preserve equine health and welfare. EHWA was founded in 2010 by four Veterinarians that have devoted their whole lives and careers for the betterment of the health and welfare of the horse. Believing that the horse is the “deaf mute” within an industry that has chosen to ask the horse to sacrifice all in many cases, we believe the horse should have a representative speaking on their behalf. The Equine Health and Welfare Alliance, Inc. continues to be comprised of individuals that believe in the same. The mission of EHWA is to develop and maintain a comprehensive network of education, research and support for the basic needs of all equines that allows them a life of dignity.