Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in Texas Update
Since the August 13 update, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses located 8 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County. One premises in Guadalupe County, one premises in Travis County, and all premises in Val Verde County have been released.
Aug 23, 2014, 15:31
Fitting the Sale Horse: It Pays to Prepare
Horses consigned to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales in Reno, Nev., are in one of the most important competitions of their lives, as they try to win a buyer willing to pay their maximum value. When sifting through hundreds of sale horses, a savvy shopper looks closely at conformation and pedigree. Those two qualities influence buyers to raise their hands at the auction, but to command top dollar, a horse must also look like a champion.
Aug 23, 2014, 15:30
West Nile Virus can Threaten Horse Health this Fall
It’s not too late to help protect against the spread of disease during peak mosquito season
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Aug. 19, 2014 — July through October coincides with peak mosquito activity, which can place your horse at the highest risk of contracting West Nile virus (WNV) during this time of year.1 However, with the right vaccine and preventive measures, it’s not too late for horse owners to help protect their horses against this life-threatening disease.
Aug 23, 2014, 15:23
Reminder: Register Now for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting!
Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 17
We are ready for good vibrations as we focus on healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy horses at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, October 29 through November 1 in San Diego! This conference, presented by title sponsor Purina, is a premier event in the equine-assisted activities and therapies field.
Aug 23, 2014, 15:18
Empty Fields Everywhere—Why Movement is So Important
Driving through Kentucky recently, I passed breathtaking farms – acres and acres of meticulously manicured pastures, lined with white Kentucky-style four board fences that seemed to travel for miles. What struck me, however, was their barrenness.
Aug 23, 2014, 15:12
Potomac Horse Fever: True or False? Test Your Knowledge
Most horse owners around the country are fully aware of the threats posed by diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV), rabies and Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1). But fewer horse owners know about Potomac Horse Fever (PHF), its inherent risks and how to determine whether or not their horse is at risk and should be vaccinated. Here’s a short true or false quiz to help separate fact from fiction.
Aug 21, 2014, 13:51
5 Equine Emergencies Barn Managers Face
Part of being a barn manager is sometimes being a "first responder" when a horse is looks ill or appears injured. Recognizing theses 5 common barn emergencies can help you help your clients before the vet arrives. Learning how to prevent them is even better.
Aug 21, 2014, 13:41
Veterinary Mobility Act Signed Into Law
On Friday, August 1, President Obama signed into law an American Horse Council (AHC) supported bill, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, making it legal for veterinarians to provide the care necessary to horses away from their licensed place of practice and across state lines.
Aug 21, 2014, 10:16
AHC Opposes Easing of Import Restrictions on Horses from Saudi Arabia
The American Horse Council has opposed the easing of the current 60-day U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) import requirement on horses from Saudi Arabia.
Horses from Saudi Arabia, and all countries affected with African Horse Sickness (AHS), must be quarantined for sixty days before entering the U.S., while horses from non-AHS countries may be admitted with a shorter quarantine period. The extended period is required to ensure that horses from AHS countries are not infected with AHS, which has a long incubation period. AHS is a highly contagious and deadly disease that affects horses, donkeys, and mules and has a mortality rate of up to 95% in naive horse populations like that in the U.S.
Aug 21, 2014, 10:15
One Horse, Several Episodes of Colic
Wyatt, a 15-year-old warmblood, excelled in his professional show career and his personality made him many friends. His owner, Alice Dunn, and trainer, Katie Young, enjoyed working with Wyatt and knew he was a special horse. This is why Dunn never had a problem treating the mild cases of colic Wyatt occasionally experienced.
Aug 17, 2014, 07:07
Arabian Horse Study to Combat Obesity & Laminitis in Horses
The UF Department of Animal Science and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with the UF Genetics Institute is examining substances generated in the blood from horses that may have what is now termed “equine metabolic syndrome.” This disease has similarities to Type II Diabetes in humans, where conditions of obesity are linked to abnormal responses of insulin, the hormone that controls sugar levels in the blood.
Aug 17, 2014, 07:06
Large Animal Veterinarian Shortage
According to American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Approximately 6 percent of veterinarians specialize in equine veterinary medicine. Less than 2 percent of veterinarians practice exclusively on food animals,
Aug 17, 2014, 07:02
Convention Keynote Speaker to Dispense Wisdom Gleaned From Six Decades of Veterinary Practice
Veterinary legend Dr. Marvin Beeman will share the lessons he’s learned about practice and life during his nearly 60 years as a horse doctor when he delivers the keynote address at the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 60th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Aug 17, 2014, 06:56
Federal Horse Soring Legislation Reaches 300 Cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives
House Leadership Urged to Allow Floor Vote
A federal bill to protect Tennessee walking horses from the cruel practice known as “soring” reached a congressional milestone last week by earning its 300th cosponsor in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R.1518, now is cosponsored by 115 Republicans and 187 Democrats. The parallel Senate bill, S. 1406, has the support of 57 cosponsors.
Aug 17, 2014, 06:52
AAEP Annual Convention Celebrates 60 Years This December
The world’s largest continuing education event dedicated to equine veterinary practice will celebrate its diamond anniversary when the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show convenes at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 6-10, 2014.
Aug 17, 2014, 06:50
SHERIFF’S ANIMAL CRIMES UNIT CRACKS DOWN ON ANIMAL HOARDING CASES IN EAST, NORTH AND WEST VALLEY... 60+ Animals Seized
Arpaio says Two Hoarders Arrested and A Third Partially Eaten by Pets
(Maricopa County, AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his animal crimes investigators have been working day and night this week on cases involving three separate animal hoarders in the communities of Fountain Hills, Wittman and New River. At the same time, animal crimes detectives are winding down their investigation into the Gilbert Green Acres Boarding Facility where 22 dogs died last month. That case should conclude by the end of the month, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says.
Aug 16, 2014, 13:11
Animal Crimes Investigations Unit (ACIU)
Sheriff Arpaio created the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit over a decade ago and to this day, it remains one of the only units of its kind in existence inside a law enforcement agency.
Aug 16, 2014, 13:07
How Do I Get My Horse to Respect Me?
Q. How do I get my horse to respect me?
A. First, so that we’re on the same page, let me explain what I think of as respect from a horse.
I certainly don't think of it as fear. I also don't think respect has to be a kind of profound obedience wherein a horse doesn't move a foot unless directed to do so by his handler.
Aug 16, 2014, 13:03
Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 69 Colorado Quarantines
Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 69 locations under quarantine after horses and one cow tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.
Aug 16, 2014, 13:01
First 2014 case of equine West Nile virus confirmed in New Mexico
People reminded to minimize risk to themselves, horses by minimizing mosquitoes
(ALBUQUERQUE) – State officials are recommending mosquito control measures to protect both humans and horses after lab tests confirmed the state’s first known case of equine West Nile virus this year.
Aug 16, 2014, 12:58