There are so many moving rescue stories out there. For some reason, this one really touched me. I hope you'll read it and marvel at the way that things sometimes just work out, when enough people put their heads and hearts to work.
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Prevention, mitigation and management of EHV-1 infections will be a focus for equine veterinary professionals during the Equine Herpesvirus-1 Workshop, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California. The workshop is jointly presented by the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.
During morning presentations and an afternoon panel discussion, nearly a dozen infectious disease experts will provide attendees with current information on EHV-1 outbreaks, diagnostics, vaccine efforts, biosecurity and regulatory mitigation, and other pertinent matters to help equine veterinarians minimize the risk of infection and respond to a potential outbreak.
“The recent outbreaks of EHV-1 in North America highlighted regulatory infectious disease control and the importance of biosecurity,” said Kent Fowler, DVM, chair of the Infectious Diseases of Horses Committee at USAHA and chief of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch. “Increasing the knowledge of the disease and biosecurity practices protects the health of the U.S. equine population. We are very much looking forward to a robust discussion on EHV-1.”
Additional information about the workshop is available by contacting Dr. Fowler at (916) 900-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United States Animal Health Association is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization whose mission is to serve as a national forum for communication and coordination concerning livestock diseases, serve as a clearinghouse for new information and methods for policy and programs development, and develop solutions for animal health issues. Additional information is available at www.usaha.org.
The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated more than $2.8 million to support its mission. Additional information is available at www.aaepfoundation.org.
"Skinny as nature intended: in winter and early spring, commuters on the fast train between Amsterdam and Vlissingen are sometimes confronted with the sight of emaciated and dying cattle, horses and deer, and the carcasses of earlier victims being picked over by scavengers."
@FranJurga writes: We don't often have articles about horses in The Economist, but when one does show up, it's worth a read. That's surely the case here.
Amsterdam's 56 square-kilometre intentional wilderness zone known as the Oostvaardersplassen is an experiment in true wilderness, an attempt to see how and if nature transforms itself. It's not an open classroom or a research lab or a drive-through wildlife park. It's a truly wild place.
Read about the challenges and rewards of tracking 40 years of a wilderness zone's establishment and ultimate transformation from forest to grassland, thanks to herbivores, which include a herd of primitive wild Konik ponies. There are lessons to be learned here for those who advocate for wild horse sanctuaries: should wild horses live on equally wild land?
Without natural predators, will the cattle and horses and deer destroy the land that struggles to sustain them?
Graze some ecological rhetoric and reality in this week's The Economist, on newsstands or via this web version of the story. Click on the headline or image to read this important article.
Palm Beach Equine Clinic would like to inform all of their clients who plan on competing at the 2013 Hampton Classic Horse Show of a new health paper requirement.
The NY State Division of Animal Industry and the management of the Hampton Classic Horse Show are requiring that all horses being brought onto the grounds of Hampton Classic Horse Show have a Statement of Health. This Statement of Health must be signed by a licensed veterinarian within 7 days of arrival at the Hampton Classic Show Grounds.
A separate form must be submitted for each horse.
The form will show proof that your horse:
Has been enrolled in a regular and consistent program of vaccinations against EHV-4/1 with the most recent booster being within 120 days.
Has not shown symptoms of or been treated for EHV-4/1 within the past 28 days.
Has not been exposed to any horses that have been treated for or shown symptoms of EHV-4/1 within the past 28 days.
If your horse is in need of vaccinations, please contact Palm Beach Equine Clinic at (561) 793-1599. For an easy-to-print version of the Statement of Health, please click here.
A two-year-old horse located in Maurepas in Livingston Parish, Louisiana reportedly tested positive for both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile Virus (WNV) and was humanely euthanized by a local veterinarian.
Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM, with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is strongly advising horse owners to vaccinate their animals for EEE and WNV. Reports indicate that the horse was not vaccinated.
“Heavy rainfall, which we’ve had in recent weeks, creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes which can carry both EEE and WNV. Just like humans, horses are infected the same way – by being bitten by infected mosquitoes,” said Strain. “I urge horse owners to get their horses vaccinated. Contact your local veterinarian regarding proper vaccination protocols.”
The mosquito-transmitted diseases can cause inflammation and swelling of the brain and spinal cord. Infected horses may show lethargy, weakness and paralysis. A high percentage of horses infected with the disease will die.
Prevention includes avoiding mosquitoes, using mosquito repellants that are safe for horses and humans, and for horses, vaccination. So far, there is no vaccination approved for people.
By the same time last year, there were seven cases of WNV and 10 cases of EEE in horses in Louisiana.
This report is compiled from a press release issued by the State of Louisiana.
A business in Sigourney (Iowa) will be one of the first to begin slaughtering horses after congress banned the practice seven years ago. Tuesday the USDA gave a green light to Responsible Transportation LLC., a business which vows to humanely euthanize horses.
@FranJurga writes: This news article directly from Iowa gives some insight into the business that received the USDA's second permit in the past week to operate a horse slaughter operation.
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@FranJurga writes: This USDA map shows the status of West Nile Virus in the United States as of June 18, 2013. The tiny pink dot in the southeastern sector of Texas represents the lone case of West Nile Virus so far this year.
"According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the case was confirmed in April. A vaccine for horses offers protection against West Nile virus..."
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The Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, held at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain in New York City Thursday night, raised approximately $400,000, which will be evenly divided between the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Approximately 300 people attended the event.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is the nation's leading source of private equine research funding and helps all breeds of horses; the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is the largest equine sanctuary in the world and is devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation, and retraining of Thoroughbreds.
The evening featured a live auction and the presentation to Flay of the Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Champion Award, annually given to an individual for outstanding efforts and influence on Thoroughbred racehorse welfare, safety and retirement.
Among the highlights of the auction:
A 2013 "Breeders' Cup Extravaganza," which includes private, round-trip jet travel from the New York area to Los Angeles, sold for $62,000. The winning bidder was Fred Hertrich III.
Two "Dream Vacations in Tuscany," which each feature a one-week stay a farmhouse on the La Foce estate, sold for $25,000 and $24,000. The winning bidders were Bob Masterson and Vinnie Viola.
A "Travers Weekend Spectacular," which featured four nights of luxurious lodging and an owner's box for five people Friday, Saturday and Sunday, sold for $18,000. The winning bidder was Virginia Guest Valentine.
A halter worn by European sensation Frankel sold for $18,000. The winning bidder was Ronald Frankel.
"We are immensely grateful to all of the people and organizations who supported this event," said Diana Pikulski, vice president of external affairs of TRF. "Each of them demonstrated a sincere commitment to the proper care for Thoroughbreds when their racing careers have ended."
"The many improvements in surgical techniques and disease control through the years have been made possible by equine research, and the success of an event like this enables us to fund additional research that will help all horses in the future," said Dell Hancock, chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Following is a summary of the other six auction items.
Two tickets to this Sunday's Tony Awards sold for $4,500 each to both Evan Eads and Bruce Lunsford.
Richard Meister was the winning bidder ($3,000) for tickets to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles in November.
Peter Bradley was the winning bidder ($22,000) for a breeding right to Mineshaft.
Rock Talk Farm was the winning bidder ($20,000) for a breeding right to Ghostzapper.
Alan Quartucci was the winning bidder ($45,000) for a breeding right to Animal Kingdom.
Barry Weisbord was the winning bidder ($52,000) for a breeding right to Kitten's Joy.
All four of the seasons were sold with a right of free return if the mares fail to produce a live foal from the 2014 cover.
Relief organizations responding to equine emergencies in the aftermath of destructive storms, fires, floods or other natural disasters are eligible for funding from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.
As part of its mission to improve the welfare of horses, the AAEP Foundation accepts year-round funding requests to assist organizations responding to disasters affecting the equine community, including those involved with developing and implementing equine disaster preparedness programs and efforts.
Organizations working to help horses in areas devastated by severe weather or other natural disasters can apply for funding from the Foundation’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund at http://www.aaep.org/foundation_funding_grants.htm. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the AAEP Foundation created an Equine Disaster Relief Fund to aid horses in the event of a natural disaster. Since the fund was established, the AAEP Foundation has donated emergency funds to support the Mounted Division of the New Orleans Police Department, the Louisiana State Veterinary Medical Association’s Equine Committee Foundation, the Mississippi State Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Disaster Relief Fund, hay and feed programs in the Gulf region, and support for emergency preparedness programs at the University of Florida and Texas A&M Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, among others.
In addition, the Foundation welcomes donations for its Equine Disaster Relief Fund to help accommodate the potential needs of equine and veterinary communities impacted by storms and natural disasters. To make a donation, visit the AAEP Foundation website at www.aaepfoundation.org.
The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated nearly $2.5 million to support its mission.
@FranJurga writes: This information was received from the AAEP via press release.
Once a mainstay of farming, horses are back, as clean and organic as the crops they plow.
@FranJurga writes: When the New York Times focuses on Norwegian Fjords, that's news in our world. I'm looking forward to reading Stephen Leslie's new book, “The New Horse-Powered Farm: Tools and Systems for the Small-Scale Sustainable Market Grower,” published last month by Chelsea Green.
Just click on the image or headline to read the full article in the Times.
The outspoken media experts at PETA have created an image of a horse with a hypodermic needle for a blaze running down its face.
In a touch of classic irony, Congress may soon be deliberating new legislation to preclude drugs from racing. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to clean up the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.
PETA and Congressional delegations on the same side of an issue? Don’t bet on it, but remember that when it comes to horse racing, anything can happen. And probably will.
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Frozen in time: Why do we taxidermy our equine legends?
Fran Jurga's insight:
Click on the headline or image to read the full article on the CNN web site.
@FranJurga writes: Yes, why do we? This article surveys some of the great examples of equine taxidermy--Trigger, Phar Lap, Le Vizir, Comanche et al. I especially enjoyed the serious and not-so-serious comments that people left after reading this!
I'd like to read the book that inspired this article: Rachel Poliquin's "The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing".
"The Serene Beauty of Horses in the Womb" on the Smithsonian Magazine website showcases the stunning photography of Tim Flach as an equine embryo undergoes transfer from its mother to a surrogate at the Equine Fertility Unity in Newmarket, England.
Professional Equine Grooms and Shapley’s are hosting the Inaugural Groom’s Class at the 2013 Del Mar International Dressage Show in Del Mar, CA.
Professional Equine Grooms launched in August of 2011 with the mission of supporting, educating, and honoring Grooms and employers. Part of that mission is creating a series of "Groom’s Classes" at horse shows spotlights Grooms and their hard work behind the scenes.
Shapley’s began in 1938 with the product M-T-G. In the 75 years since then, Shapley’s has expanded their product line to include shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and grooming sprays. Shapley’s has also adopted the mission of honoring grooms by hosting groom’s classes at several horse shows around the nation.
Sally Smith-Burdette, Shapley Director of Marketing, states “We want grooms to know that their hard work is being recognized by Shapley’s, show officials, trainers, owners and riders. We really enjoy seeing the look of surprise and delight on their faces when being recognized in front of the show audience and their peers when they hear they’ve won a groom’s class or award.”
Liv Gude, of Professional Equine Grooms, adds that “Shapley’s is creating the standard for honoring and supporting Grooms at horse shows. We have joined forces with Shapley’s as both of our companies share the same vision of supporting Grooms within the horse industry. It’s a privilege to represent Shapley’s and Professional Equine Grooms in the show ring. I look forward to passing out the Shapley’s Grooming Bucket to the Del Mar Groom’s Class Winner, as well as the Shapley’s grooming supplies prizes for all 10 participants. ”
The prizes also include donations from Custom Saddlery, Ecolicious Equestrian, Ponytail Products, Moxie Designs, Absorbine, Weatherbeeta and Roma, and Professional Equine Grooms.
The former president and CEO of the Keeneland Association, Mr Nick Nicholson, will share insights gained from his career in horse racing as the keynote speaker at the 47th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities on Monday, October 7, at the France Galop Offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Mr Nicholson will speak about the conference’s main topic, Developing and Promoting International Competition, but will also touch upon challenges and other important issues encountered during his time in horse racing.
The International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, chaired by Louis Romanet, will spotlight two main topics. The first focuses on the challenges faced with the international movement of horses and will showcase presentations from Mr Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Dr Brian Stewart, Racing Victoria's head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services and chairman of the International Movement of Horses Committee.
Mr James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, will moderate the second topic, which centers on the marketing and branding of horse racing with panel discussion and presentations.
The conference will also feature respective reports on the activities of European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation (EMHF) and Asian Racing Federation (ARF) by Mr Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horseracing Ireland and chairman of EMHF, and Mr Yu Pang Fey, president & chief executive of the Singapore Turf Club and ARF chairman, special body for developing racing jurisdictions.
Dr Jorge Batlle, president of Uruguay from 2000 to 2005, will deliver a presentation on Uruguayan racing and breeding. In addition, Dr Koji Sato, Japan Racing Association presidential counselor for foreign affairs, will speak to the Japanese racing and breeding industry.
The IFHA executive office will also review current global economic trends in breeding and racing from 2012 and the first half of 2013.
Louis Romanet, IFHA Chaiman and Juan Carlos Capelli, Longines’ Vice President, Head of International Marketing will present the first “Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit” to an outstanding international personality of the horseracing industry.
The IFHA will, for the first time, provide a live video stream of the conference. The open forum begins at 10:30 CEST and can be viewed at ifhaonline.org. A replay of the live video stream will be available in the days following the conference.
"The Western Australia Health Department is playing down fears a mystery horse virus has been contracted by humans and a vet treating the horses says nobody should be alarmed.
"At least 18 horses on four properties in the Swan Valley and South West have developed small solid lumps on their mouths.
"People who have had contact with the horses have also reported they have developed similar lesions in their mouths."
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@FranJurga writes: This is a classic "please don't be alarmed, but..." story. Two weeks ago, an ABC report detailed the mysterious symptoms in the horses and said there was no danger of it being contagious to humans. But what is it? This is a story worth following!
"Woodbine racetrack’s Barn No. 1 was put under quarantine by Woodbine Entertainment Group Tuesday morning on the advice of veterinarians after a horse was euthanized on Monday after showing signs of fever and neurological problems."
Click on the image or headline to read Jenn's full report. Woodbine Racetrack is located outside Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Watch for additional details on The Jurga Report via Equisearch.com.
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Nice news from the World Horse Welfare charity:
In 2011 World Horse Welfare carried out its largest-ever preventative welfare operation in Scotland: to round up, castrate and microchip more than 90 horses that were breeding uncontrollably on a large area of land that could not support them.
Their elderly owner was unable to cope, and WHW's intervention stopped the escalating welfare problems and enabled the ponies to be sold into new homes.
@FranJurga writes: It's a delightful reversal of the classic fairy tale in which young girls dream of riding their feisty ponies around Badminton. Here we have a three-time Badminton winner bringing home some scruffy ponies to turn them into mounts for young galloping girls. Love this story!
So, yes, even celebrities and Olympians find adoption horses to be attractive additions to their training lists. If you have a place in your stable for a deserving horse, get in touch with some charities to see what is available. They'll do their best to make a good match.
Endurance racing needed a smooth day out on Friday at Windsor Horse Show, after the negative publicity that has surrounded it in recent days.
For those not familiar with this niche equestrian pursuit, an endurance ride involves a course of up to 100 miles long which must be completed by one rider on one horse. It is little wonder that the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has identified it as a hotspot for chemical enhancement, with 41 cases of doctored horses reported between 2010 and 2012.
Figures prepared by the Swiss Equestrian Federation suggest that the Middle Eastern states — which have come to dominate the sport since the 1990s — are at the heart of the problem.
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Watch NATURE’s Legendary White Stallions airing Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).
Sure, you already know all about the Lipizzaners and the Riding School and the movements, the quadrille, the uniforms, the music. But this hour-long PBS documentary is more than a travelogue of Vienna or a bucket list stopover for horse lovers.
Click on the image to watch previews of the show on The Jurga Report for EQUUS Magazine on Equisearch.com.