I'm seeing the panic build already. One vet refused to drive on to Ted Robinson's property, because he had just returned from that show in B'field. The vet met him at the edge of the property, gave him meds, and left.
This doesn't sound like "blind panic" to me. With a disease as easily passed on things like shoes, and other surfaces, why would you ask that vet put his other clients in jeopardy?
If he were my vet I wouldn't expect anything different. Bringing a sick horse into a controlled environment like a vet hospital is vastly different than walking on to someones property where suspected exposure has occurred.
Two horses in Idaho died, according to the KIVI TV news about 20 minutes ago. Both had attended the cutting horse show in Ogden, Utah. So far no resident Utah horses have gotten sick, but there are still the cases in Colorado and California.
I heard this off FB.. shows are being canceled etc.... horses are showing neurological symptoms and several deaths. My horses aren't going anywhere for awhile. Hope the big transport comp. are in the know to make sure it doesnt spread.
I just got home from out vet (who is the "go-to" lameness guy and the vet used by most of the BIG horse auctions (quarter horses, paints, warmbloods, etc and so definitely stays on top of this stuff). He is getting constant calls right now about it and he says that people are panicking over nothing.
He says two confirmed cases - at the cutting event. Cutting horse association cancelled some shows just to be safe that no horse that was at that event would be travelling cross country to another event and MIGHT spread it.
He says not to worry.
He says while Facebook can be a great thing for getting info out, it can also get the info wrong and cause needless panic.
I find it odd how much people are panicking. This happens what seems to be at least once a year at TB racetracks and not nearly as much panic ensues. Horses and tracks are quarantined - including such tracks as Keeneland, Churchill, Calder, Golden Gate, and Penn National in recent years. There was an EHV outbreak at a rehab center in Kentucky that didn't have this much hype around it.
I know how bad and deadly of a disease EHV-1 can be - I worked at one of the major equine hospitals in Lexington and dealt with horses from a couple of the above quarantine situations. But I just don't remember it being such a big outburst of public panic.
Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.
I just checked the CIFA website and there was no mention but maybe it is posted elsewhere?
I didn't see any mention of that either ... I did find this (for what it's worth):
Here in Canada, our own show organizers are taking precautions to assist the containment of the disease. The Alberta Cutting Horse Association officials cancelled the event scheduled for this past weekend on the Saturday morning of the show.
I spoke this morning with Dr. Greg Andrews of Moore Equine Veterinary Centre, and he confirmed for me that there has been one confirmed case of the disease, stemming from a horse which had been at the Ogden show, and one which is being treated as suspicious, though not yet confirmed, also a horse present at the Ogden show. Both horses were located in southern Alberta. Moore Equine Veterinary Centre is working closely with Ashley Whitehead of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. She was present at the time of my conversation with Dr. Andrews and her information at this time is concurrent – one confirmed, one suspect.
I can't speak for other situations, but maybe part of the concern is the fact that the competition in Utah had horses from several different states who then traveled back to their home states and became sick. The information I have is the "Ground Zero" horses that contaminated the Utah competition came from Colorado.
The confirmed cases here in Idaho were horses that absolutely were at the cutting horse competition in Utah. At least one of those horses was being treated at one of the largest (perhaps even the largest) equine hospital in the state and was housed in a building that had other horses, who in turn went back to their home barns before the diagnoses was made on the EVH-1 horse that was euthanized.
It isn't a situation with a few cases in one state and then a few cases in another state a year later. All isolated. There have been several cases all clustered around horses at one specific site, that has now spread over several states.
Yes, I have lived through the EHV outbreak at the University of Findlay in early 2003... We lost many horses and many more were severely affected by the neurologic symptoms. In our case, we never knew where it came from but as soon as the diagnosis was confirmed the farm was voluntarily quarantined, and the surrounding horse community was educated. I can only say that I don't want anybody else to have to go through that and any of my classmates will tell you the same. QUARANTINE practices are oh so important since it is HIGHLY contagious. Take temperatures vigilantly, handwashing, foot baths etc. This is the real deal people. I'm glad that word is getting out there so much, I've been passing the word around on facebook myself. There is no vaccine for the neurologic form because it is due to a mutation in the EHV-1 virus that normally only causes colds and abortions in pregnant mares.
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Washington State University Vet hospital has a horse that was at the Ogden show just tested positive. They are closed to any incoming patients (horses) unless extreme emergencies. They expect to be closed for 2 weeks to monitor this horse--he is not exhibiting symptoms apparently.
Scary. Just plain scary. We are heading to a small show this weekend in Oregon. Should I add this as a worry? I doubt that a h/j show will have any common links to a cutting show in Utah...but it is a small, small world!
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Yikes, I'm just up the road from WSU. We are getting two new horses at the end of the month :-( I'll check with the BO tomorrow to see if I can get anymore information about where the new horses are coming from.
They just cancelled the big Paint show scheduled in South Jordan, Utah over Memorial Day weekend. No horses in Utah are sick, but they don't want to risk it. After the World Show, it's the biggest Paint show in the country.
A few years ago the boarding stable where I had my horses was quarantined for EVA (equine viral arteritis) because they thought one of the horses there had been exposed. Turned out he was okay, but we still were on lockdown for a month.
Whatever it takes to get a handle on it and keep horses from dying. I was amazed that some people there were actually angry that they couldn't come and go as they pleased.