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Colorado hay banks can help struggling horse owners

Colorado hay banks can help struggling horse owners | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

The Colorado Humane Society wants horse owners to know that help is available if they can't afford to feed their animals.

 

The group issued the reminder Monday following the death of a neglected mare relinquished by its owner in eastern Colorado.

 

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Horse therapist enjoying what she does

Horse therapist enjoying what she does | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"A passion for horses has got the better of Susan Philp, as she leaves a world of IT sales to pursue a career in horse therapy.

 

"I was just over it and wanted to do something different. I have always been interested in horses ever since I started riding at 4; and this is what I'm really passionate about," Philp said...."

 

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Keeping horses in top shape isn't something Calgary's Spruce Meadows takes lightly

Keeping horses in top shape isn't something Calgary's Spruce Meadows takes lightly | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
As Olympic-calibre athletes, the health, safety and fitness of the horses at Spruce Meadows is of paramount importance during the Summer Series.

 

(Click on the headline or image to open the full article on the Calgary Sun website.)

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Today's article in the Calgary Sun informs readers about the FEI system of horse inspection and monitoring for international-caliber competition horses during the summer series of jumping events at Calgary's Spruce Meadows.

 

As well as interviewing head vet Dan French, the article by Dave Dormer interviews head steward Neil Ratledge, who describes what stewards do, and the potential for horses to injure themselves with the shoe studs they wear in the grass ring.

 

I wish we had more articles like this for the public to read about what goes on behind the scenes at horse events.

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Copenhagen: The Horse Who Went from Racing at Newmarket to Defeating Napoleon at Waterloo - The Jockey Club | The Going

Copenhagen: The Horse Who Went from Racing at Newmarket to Defeating Napoleon at Waterloo - The Jockey Club | The Going | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Long before Retraining of Racehorses, one ex-racehorse with a second career played a crucial part in a deciding moment in European history.

 

Copenhagen, who carried the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, was one of the most celebrated horses of his time. In his youth, however, he was a familiar sight on Newmarket heath and the racecourses of England.

 

(Click the headline at the top or the image to go the main article on The Jockey Club UK web site. Read @FranJurga's comments below.)

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Abigail Sawyer has written a useful biography of the Duke of Wellington's famous horse Copenhagen from the perspective of a modern-day "retired racehorse". This OTTB had one amazing career: it included changing the course of modern history!

 

Very often, we read about Copenhagen and Marengo (Napoleon's horse) in tandem, but this story lets Copenhagen stand on his own. 

 

The only thing that's missing: he must have had a stable name. Don't you wonder what it was?

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How horse racing's first Triple Crown winner came to be buried in Wyoming

How horse racing's first Triple Crown winner came to be buried in Wyoming | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Beneath a steel statue, atop a grassy hill in Douglas, Wyo., rest the bones of a champion...

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Not everything related to Thoroughbred horse racing in America happens in Kentucky. This lovely little story from Wyoming reminds us that plenty of small towns have secrets! 

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Colorado researchers use horse sense to innovate joint therapies

Colorado researchers use horse sense to innovate joint therapies | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Horses are leading humans into new territory, inspiring not only patients but researchers in regenerative therapies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. They seek the next big remedies for human musculoskeletal disease through application of established equine medicine."

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@FranJurga writes: This article from the Denver Post looks at the value of equine research through a horse and rider who have both had stem cell therapy procedures. While regenerative medicine is over most of our heads to understand, the reality of this horse and rider bring it close to home, and very good news.

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Little Horse Island revisited: The ponies look healthy

Little Horse Island revisited: The ponies look healthy | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
Last fall, a group of Little Horse Island residents enlisted veterinarians and animal control officials to save the marsh ponies that have wandered tidal flats in northern Beaufort County for more than five decades.
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@Fran Jurga writes: Wild horses come in all shapes, sizes and colors in the United States. Meet the marsh ponies of Hilton Head, far from the golf courses but still on people's minds.

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African Horse Sickness and South Africa's Olympic Host Bid - One Small Step | Sporting Post

African Horse Sickness and South Africa's Olympic Host Bid - One Small Step | Sporting Post | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
A report on recent presentations to the Parliament regarding South Africa's AHS and export challenges
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@FranJurga writes: South Africa would like to submit a proposal to host the 2024 Olympics. But a horse disease stands in the way. Read what they're trying to do about it in this summary article from that country's "Sporting Post".

But why does it take an Olympic Bid to do something about this disease, which threatens the world's horses? 

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‘Pioneer’ equine vet Byars leaves legacy | Jennie Rees, The Courier-Journal

‘Pioneer’ equine vet Byars leaves legacy | Jennie Rees, The Courier-Journal | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
The horse industry lost one of its equine medicine titans Monday night with the death of Dr. Doug Byars at his home in Georgetown, Ky.
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Video: Preventing azoturia ("tying up") and tips for horses with PSSM | Your Horse - YouTube

Click in the window to start the video.


@franjurga writes: British vet Gil Riley offers simple steps to help ward off the painful muscle condition known as azoturia, "tying up" or "Monday morning disease". If your horse has suffered from this condition, you are already aware of it. But many people are caught completely unaware when their horses develop this peculiar form of lameness and reluctance to move.


The video was created by Your Horse magazine in Britain and also mentions the condition known as PSSM, which can have recurrent azoturia as a side effect.


The video does not actually show a horse that is suffering from the condition, but you will get the idea. Keep this information in the back of your mind in case you ever see a horse in distress from tying up.

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The Serene Beauty of Horses in the Womb - Smithsonian

The Serene Beauty of Horses in the Womb - Smithsonian | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"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.


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Professional Equine Grooms, Shapley’s Honor Grooms at 2013 Del Mar International Horse Show

Professional Equine Grooms, Shapley’s Honor Grooms at 2013 Del Mar International Horse Show | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

 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.  

 

Detailed coverage of the event can be found at www.proequinegrooms.com

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47th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities to Focus on Developing and Promoting International Competition; Nicholson to Deliver Keynote Speech

47th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities to Focus on Developing and Promoting International Competition; Nicholson to Deliver Keynote Speech | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Edited Press Announcement


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.


For more information on the IFHA, please visit www.ifhaonline.org.


Longines is the Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA and the sponsor of The Longines World's Best Racehorses Rankings.

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Death of a racehorse: Strait of Dover’s handlers recall his final hours -- The Globe and Mail

Death of a racehorse: Strait of Dover’s handlers recall his final hours -- The Globe and Mail | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Strait of Dover, a British Columbia-bred Queen’s Plate winner with winnings of almost $800,000, was euthanized after emergency surgery to repair a twisted colon made his condition worse..."


@FranJurga writes: I just clicked on a link on Twitter, on a hunch, and this story is what I found. Thanks to @katielamb and @gcoakford for sharing it, and thanks to Robert MacLeod for writing it.


As Katie said on Twitter, "Horses break hearts." This story proves how true that is.


Please click on the headline or image to go to the story and make sure that you read all three pages of this important story.




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Veterinarians keeping horses hydrated at Pan Am Games

Veterinarians keeping horses hydrated at Pan Am Games | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"...In the horse world, the concern is the content of the one saying everyone knows. 'You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.'

 

“You can tell an athlete to drink,” said Mike Pownall, Veterinary Services Manager for the Pan Am Games. Pownall and his wife (partners in their Ontario veterinary practice) are some of more than 20 volunteer veterinarians offering their time to the Pan Am games, and specifically the equestrian events at the Caledon Pan Am park.

 

"...You can’t tell a horse to drink. And they’re in a different environment, they can be sensitive, maybe the water doesn’t taste like what they’re used to? It’s very important with horses to make sure they’re drinking well and they’re very hydrated.”

 

Click on the bold top headline or the image to open the original article on the Caledon Enterprise website.

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Matthew Strader (@CaledonStrader) visited with vet services manager Dr. Mike Pownall at the Pan Am Games about the problems that the vets are facing in Ontario. This short article covers some important points.

 

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Polo Fades in India on the Backs of Endangered Ponies | New York Times

Polo Fades in India on the Backs of Endangered Ponies  |  New York Times | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
The decline of polo and of the Manipuri pony, which was once used in warfare and is now endangered, began when state patronage for polo players ended, around the time of India’s annexation of Manipur.
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Polo looks different in India. This interesting article in today's New York Times looks at once back to the past--to the origins of the sport in India--and ahead, to the possible demise of the sport there, as the trademark Manipuri pony, vital to the sport, is disappearing from both the landscape and the polo field.

 

Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist has written a short but informative article that is illustrated with a 15-image slideshow showing the sport of polo in a light far from the way you'd see it shown here.

 

Worth a look and a thought and a prayer for the ponies.

 

Click on the bold headline or image to open the story on the New York Times website. Follow @Fran Jurga  on Twitter for more horse-related news.

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Why Horse Meat Once Had A Reputation For Curing Scurvy

Why Horse Meat Once Had A Reputation For Curing Scurvy | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Horse meat, while never widely popular, has from time to time been a trendy food. It’s trendiness is not unconnected to its nutritional value. These days, people value it for its iron. Once upon a time, people valued it as a cure for scurvy.

 

"This cure was recommended by Dominique-Jean Larrey, a surgeon with Napoleon’s army. When scurvy was running rampant in the army in Egypt, Larrey ordered an infusion of fresh horse meat."

 

Click on the headline or large image to read the original article; scroll down from insight.

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

@franjurga: And the rest is history, as they say. That's how horse meat and French diets became linked, although one reader from France on my Facebook page objected and said that French people tend to shun horsemeat these days except out of financial necessity.

Regardless, it is interesting to know that horsemeat was once considered a health food...and where it all began. And how horse meat is different from other animals' meat in the nutrition it provides. Perhaps that is why it is popular for zoos to feed to their carnivores.

 

The history of medicine through the lens of wars is fascinating, and this is just one example of how far-reaching that one French surgeon's recommendation went on to become.

Now, where will it all end? 

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Dog Bites Police Horse in Brooklyn

Dog Bites Police Horse in Brooklyn | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
The horse was patrolling East New York with Officer Luis Ramos in the saddle when the pit bull charged at them.
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@FranJurga writes: Here's a story you don't see every day, thank goodness. Click the headline or image to read what happened to this horse while out on patrol.

 

It's interesting to note that the first detail mentioned by the New York Times about the incident is the dog's breed.

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This is why fence and yard maintenance is important - as well as ensuring that your dog is well behaved and socialised

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Murray State Equine Science Professor Pairs Student Interests with Real-World Research

Murray State Equine Science Professor Pairs Student Interests with Real-World Research | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

WKMS (NPR at Murray State College in Kentucky) continues a new series highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities with Dr. Shea Porr of the college's Hutson School of Agriculture's equine program.

 

 

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This is not a standard overview article. Instead, Dr. Porr outlines six different "research" projects she had students undertake, from testing bedding to monitoring lameness to evaluating the efficacy of a supplement in preventing ulcers.

 

How were these activities of value to students in their education and critical thinking processes?

 

I don't know how many equine science programs take an approach like this, but it was interesting to read, and there is a sound file attached to the article so you can listen, if you prefer. I'm sure anyone involved in equine education would get some ideas from Dr. Porr's program.

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MRI machine explodes at Oradell Animal Hospital, critically injuring repairman - News - NorthJersey.com

MRI machine explodes at Oradell Animal Hospital, critically injuring repairman - News - NorthJersey.com | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
MRI explodes at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ in Bergen County.
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These types of accidents are very rare, but they also emphasize the need to show respect for these powerful systems, and the technicians who operate and repair them. Anything can happen, and if you work around these machines, you should know their volatility. I hope the injured technician recovers quickly.

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Fury as British Ministry of Defence admits it has killed over 100 'War Horses' in six years

Fury as British Ministry of Defence admits it has killed over 100 'War Horses' in six years | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
ANIMAL RIGHTS campaigners have blasted military chiefs after the Ministry of Defence admitted it has killed more than 100 'War Horses' in the last six years.
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@FranJurga writes: The British military obviously has a policy for evaluating sick or injured horses and a decision process for deciding which ones are rehabilitated and which are euthanized. This report in a British newspaper suggests that the number of horses in the latter category is deemed too high by "animal rights campaigners"--although only one group is quoted.

No comparison is made with the percentage of working horses euthanized in other public service jobs, such as police horses, or for sport, race or recreational horses. It would be interesting to know before jumping to a conclusion about these statistics.

 

British military horses perform ceremonial duties and entertain the public in demonstrations at events. They work very hard and most live in cramped city conditions with little turnout or vacation time, thanks to military traditions and busy performance schedules.

 

Perhaps the thing to protest is whether or not the military horses enjoy the same standard of health as other British horses. Hopefully, they do. If not, we should all protest on their behalf.

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SmartPak Announces Majority Investment by Henry Schein Animal Health

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PLYMOUTH, MA May 22, 2014 – 
SmartPak’s Board of Directors has approved a majority investment in SmartPak by Henry Schein Animal Health, a leading companion animal health distribution business. Henry Schein is joined in the investment by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm with experience in the animal health market, with the remainder of ownership continuing to be held by the SmartPak management team.

 

This transaction brings together two companies focused on creating innovative solutions that support animal health. SmartPak is the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States, and Henry Schein Animal Health is a leading distributor for small and large animal veterinary practices.

 

“As someone who has spent most of his life serving veterinary professionals, I am very excited to welcome SmartPak to Henry Schein Animal Health,” said Kevin Vasquez, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein Animal Health. “SmartPak and Henry Schein share a strong commitment to supporting animal nutrition and raising awareness of nutrition’s vital impact on overall horse health.”

 

“Building SmartPak over the past 14 years has been a passion for the entire SmartPak team, so choosing the right partner was a critical decision for us. We decided to partner with Henry Schein Animal Health because of its focus on providing the best products and services for delivering the highest level of quality clinical care to animals,” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s President and Chief Executive Officer, who will be staying on with the company in his current role.


“We recognize the essential role of the veterinarian in enhancing the health of horses, and have designed our programs to complement the care that horses require from equine veterinarians. We look forward to bringing these programs to Henry Schein Animal Health’s veterinary customers.”

 

“SmartPak was built on a foundation of putting horses’ health first, and that won’t ever change,” continued Mr. Gisholt. “I’m excited by the possibilities that this transaction brings for the future. We will continue to deliver the exceptional service that horse owners have come to expect from us and we’ll always stay true to our core values and mission of powering healthy horses and happy riders.”

 

To learn more about SmartPak, visit https://www.smartpakequine.com/

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Aged Appaloosa Stallion Saved by New Bolton Center Research Study That Turned Him into a Gelding --Penn Vet Extra

Aged Appaloosa Stallion Saved by New Bolton Center Research Study That Turned Him into a Gelding --Penn Vet Extra | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
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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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Announcement: AAEP/USAHA Equine Herpesvirus-1 Workshop in California on October 1

Announcement: AAEP/USAHA Equine Herpesvirus-1 Workshop in California on October 1 | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

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 kent.fowler@cdfa.ca.gov.

 

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.

 

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Amsterdam’s wild side: ponies in the intentional rough graze somewhere beyond rhetoric and reality -- The Economist

Amsterdam’s wild side: ponies in the intentional rough graze somewhere beyond rhetoric and reality -- The Economist | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"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.

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Horse Health News Capsule: 2013 Hampton Classic Horse Show Upgraded EHV Prevention Requirements

Horse Health News Capsule:  2013 Hampton Classic Horse Show Upgraded EHV Prevention Requirements | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
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. 


Photo by Jim Richmond.


Information provided by Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

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horsesetc.org's curator insight, August 19, 2013 3:45 PM

The Classic is only a few days away, I hope everyone got all their paper work and vaccines done. Good luck to all competitors!!