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The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed the 4 yr old TB filly displaying neurologic signs on February 15, 2018 tested positive for EHV-1 “A” strain by PCR. This filly was euthanized on February16, 2018. Exposed horses in Barn 10 at Belmont Park continue to be quarantined and monitored. An epidemiological investigation has been initiated. State animal health officials and racing officials continue to monitor the situation.
On Friday, February 16, 2018 the Kentucky Department of Agriculture quarantined Barn 30 (in addition to Barn 3 that was quarantined earlier this week, and Barn 7 that is being used to house positive horses) at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington following a horse in that barn being confirmed positive for EHV-1 ‘wild type’. The 3-year old Thoroughbred filly tested PCR positive on both nasal swab and blood. The patient, after presenting with a fever, was moved from the barn into isolation and precautionary measures implemented on Thursday evening. With the confirmation of EHV1 on Friday Barn 30 was quarantined, perimeter fencing to control movement in and around the barn area erected, guarded security placed on the barn and biosecurity procedures implemented at ALERT status.
EHV-1 is one of the most common strains of equine herpes virus and is known to cause respiratory disease, as well as outbreaks of abortions and neurologic disease.
As this disease is primarily spread through sneezing/coughing it is important to avoid horse-to-horse contact. Be sure not to cross contaminate with shared feed, water, barn tools, buckets etc. Also you can spread the disease through your own clothing as well as the horse’s tack.
Unfortunately once a horse has suffered an EHV1 attack it may become a silent shedder of the disease with the latency factor, particularly when a previously exposed horse becomes stressed.
Sadly, there is still no vaccine to protect against the neurologic form of EHV-1,3 so take appropriate biosecurity measures to help prevent exposure the spread of the disease.
Don't share tack and equipment and minimize stress on your horses. Always quarantine horses for 30 days before introducing them into your herd and clean and disinfect your horse trailer if you transport horses other than your own.
Contact your vet immediately if your horse exhibits any neurologic signs of the disease.
Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage
With a ton of experience horse breeding, importing, training horse and rider in dressage it is no big surprise that our own Nikki Alvin-Smith has been signed up to write a book on the topic. The book will be chock full of advice on everything dressage from horse selection to piaffe and passage training.
“I’ve always believed that every horse and rider can benefit from dressage training no matter what discipline they currently favor. The advanced levels are attainable for everyone and I love to take the mystique out of all horse training and provide a down to earth program for riders and horses of all abilities. My book will have a humorous touch with the ‘road map’ portion legend that will warn the rider when to put on the brakes or proceed with caution as they train their own horse through the various movements. Classical dressage training is fun and this title will include lots of anecdotal experiences I love to share including travel to buy horses abroad, competing abroad and clinic snafus that have happened during my career. I am thrilled at this opportunity!” said Nikki.
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage is slated for release in Spring 2018 and will be available for purchase through www.TheHorseStudio.com and Amazon in both print and e-book format.
Cash In On Horizon Structures Rewards Program
So here we are in 2018 and perhaps this is the year you’ll add a new barn, run-in shed or indoor arena to your property. Winter is the perfect time to plan and whatever critters you have to house, Horizon Structures is ready to help you make your dreams a reality.
Horizon Structures is proud to have served many horse owners over the last decade, and the team at Horizon Structures treasures their reputation for providing a hassle free and positive customer service experience at reasonable prices with top notch Amish built structures. If you have an existing indoor arena, horse barn, kennel, coop, garage, shed, gazebo, pavilion, cabana, pergola that Horizon Structures has produced for you we’d like you to cash in on our Rewards Program.
Here’s how it works. You simply refer a friend or family member to Horizon Structures for their building needs and we give them a $100 discount on any upgrade they would like to make to the structure. Once it is built, delivered and paid for, we send you a check for $100, our way of saying thanks for your support. Just be sure to have them mention your name when they call or email. Learn more about this program and also about how you can become one of our ‘map members’ and earn money from referrals on a regular basis by visiting https://www.horizonstructures.com/referral-rewards
Horizon Structures is very proud of their stellar reputation, and word of mouth referrals are the best indicator of customer satisfaction. To date Horizon Structures Rewards Program has given out $25000.00. Don’t be shy, come join in!
If you are busy mapping out your plans for 2018 you are not alone. The team at Horizon Structures is very excited to be working on several new projects to be rolled out shortly:
• New ‘Horizon to the Rescue‘ Program.
• Horizon Structures will continue to work with the renowned Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Sante Fe, CA.
• New indoor arena packages will be available Spring 2018.
• Horizon Structures will continue to extend work with K9 trainers and vet clinics, Therapeutic Riding Programs for their housing needs.
So please watch this space!
Horizon Structures Inc., Atglen PA – Modular horse barn and indoor riding arena specialists. Please visit https://www.HorizonStructures.com to learn more.
UHC Publishes Estate Planning Guide
Provides valuable information on preparing for the future
(Washington, DC)- The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce a new publication, “Estate Planning: A Guide for Equine Owners,” is now available.
“Unfortunately, the UHC receives quite a few calls about horses whose owners have passed away, and the next of kin or friend is unsure what exactly to do with the horse, or even lacks the knowledge to care for the horse,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “The UHC is often looked towards as a resource for information, so we felt publishing a guide to Estate Planning would help expand our message of what Owning Responsibly entails. While estate planning can certainly be a tough subject to talk about, we feel horse owners will find the brochure to be a very helpful guide when it comes to planning for the future.”
The Estate Planning Guide examines the differences between setting up a trust versus simply naming the horse in your will, the different types of trusts available, as well as other considerations to keep in mind such as registration papers and medical records for the horse, equipment, land, and your equine business.
“The UHC intends this to be a general guide for estate planning as it applies to your horses, and we certainly recommend contacting a knowledgeable equine attorney to guide you through the details of estate planning involving your equine,” said Ms. Furst.
A pdf of the brochure can be found on the UHC’s website here: http://www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org/uhc-materials/ , and hard copies of the brochure are also available upon request. If you or your organization is interested in receiving copies, please email Ashley Furst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View Article on UHC Website
Know Before You Show:
New Rules for the New Competition Year
Below are important rule changes that were approved by the USEF Board of Directors in January that will be effective for the 2017 competition year. Please take the time to review these important updates that were developed with horse and rider well-being and safety, fairness of play, and enhancing the competitive experience in mind. Read the full article...
Equine Disease Communication Center Launches Outbreak Alert E-mail Service
Owners, trainers, veterinarians and other equine industry participants can be alerted to infectious disease outbreaks and updates through an e-mail notification system recently implemented by the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), an industry-funded hub for efficient communication of information about equine infectious diseases and disease outbreaks.
The EDCC’s Outbreak Alert e-mail service advises subscribers when an infectious disease outbreak is confirmed or an update to a previously reported outbreak is available, such as when a quarantine has been lifted. Each e-mail includes a link to the Disease Outbreak Alerts page of the EDCC website for detailed information about the alert.
The e-mail alerts are available at no charge as a service to the industry; subscribe through the EDCC Mailing List link at www.equinediseasecc.org. Alerts and other information are also posted on the EDCC’s social media platforms. “Like” the EDCC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EquineDiseaseCC and follow @EquineDiseaseCC on Twitter.
The EDCC is based in Lexington, Ky., at the AAEP’s headquarters with website and call center hosting provided by the United States Equestrian Federation. The EDCC is funded entirely through the generosity of organizations, industry stakeholders and horse owners. To learn how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the EDCC, visit www.equinediseasecc.org and click the Sponsors link.
Standing a Stallion? Cash in on a FREE listing in Catskill Horse Stallion Directory
The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse continues to add more resources to the magazine to service regional horse businesses and horse owners with the addition of a Stallion Directory.
To grab your free listing as a stallion owner please submit the following via email to us at info@CatskillHorse.org :-
Bloodlines to 3 generations:
Registry of Stallion: GOV/VHW etc.
20 words or less highlighting his credentials:
Stud Fee: Up to you whether you want to list or show as Private Treaty
Location where stallion stands: Town/State ( Your full address if you wish published)
Contact Tel #:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.
The Horse Studio, The International Equestrian Shop Launches New Year Round Charity Campaign
Pick your favorite charity, horse rescue/sanctuary, therapeutic riding program and send their name to the online tack store The Horse Studio and they will consider the charity for their giving campaign. The organization must be a registered 501c charity. A percentage of sales from the strap goods (bridles/halters/leather leads etc.) on their site will be donated to the charity.
Congratulations to the latest addition to the program, Northeast Hackney Rescue & Sanctuary, of Brookfield, New York. Simply add their name in the comments box of your order of any Masters line bridle or any leather halter and they will receive 5% of the proceeds from the item sold!
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