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HITS Ocala: Show Goes On, and So Does EHV Quarantine; Vet Seminar Tuesday -- The Jurga Report

HITS Ocala: Show Goes On, and So Does EHV Quarantine; Vet Seminar Tuesday -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The experience of state officials and veterinarians in Florida seems to be paying off in the successful containment to date of a possible outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (strain EHV-1) at the large hunter-jumper show known as 'HITS Ocala' in central Florida.


"The Ocala location is especially vulnerable because the community is a highly active horse center. Thoroughbred farms in the area are shipping mares to be bred this time of year, sales go on, and local trainers and breeders routinely ship horses in and out of the area.


"The Jurga Report has compiled some recent information from show management and the University of Florida for the public's information."

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Vet Services Manager Appointed for 2014 World Equestrian Games | eurodressage

Vet Services Manager Appointed for 2014 World Equestrian Games | eurodressage | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The year 2013 is looking particularly promising for the Normandie 2014 Organising Committee thanks to its decision to bolster the team with some very specialist expertise.


"The veterinarian, Anne Couroucé-Malblanc, has come on board to manage all veterinary and health issues..."


Click on the headline or image to read the full article on the Eurodressage web site.


@FranJurga writes: Anne Courouce-Malblanc, DVM, PhD, Dip.ECEIM is author of the textbook Maladies des Chevaux, a board member of the World Equine Veterinary Association, and an authority on equine respiratory disease and evaluating equine performance.


She is on the staff at the veterinary school at Nantes, France.

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Oregon Horse Treated for Equine Influenza at OSU Vet School; Horse Owners Warned to be Vigilant

Oregon Horse Treated for Equine Influenza at OSU Vet School; Horse Owners Warned to be Vigilant | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

A horse from Eastern Oregon that was referred to Oregon State University’s veterinary teaching hospital because of illness has been diagnosed with equine influenza virus, a highly contagious respiratory disease in horses that typically is not fatal.


The four-year-old quarter horse mare, which recently arrived in Oregon from Texas, has been placed in isolation and is being treated.


@FranJurga writes: Oregon State University has issued a statement about the horse hospitalized at the vet school in Corvallis.


Click on the headline or image in this ScoopIt window to read the full announcement.

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No Ship-Ins from Ocala, Increased Biosecurity Protocols at Palm Beach International in Wellington -- The Jurga Report

No Ship-Ins from Ocala, Increased Biosecurity Protocols at Palm Beach International in Wellington -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: Are you planning to ship horses to or within Florida soon?


The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington is the first event to announce shipping restrictions and increased biosecurity in light of a positive case of Equine Herpes Virus sourced to the HITS Ocala Show in Central Florida today.


(Jan Glas photo)

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Two South Jersey Horse Farms Quarantined After Horse Tests Positive for Neurologic Equine Herpes -- The Jurga Report

Two South Jersey Horse Farms Quarantined After Horse Tests Positive for Neurologic Equine Herpes -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

New Jersey has issued a state information bulletin warning of EHV in that state. Horse owners, transporters and horse care professionals should be aware of states where EHV is active and anticipate possible effects to movement of and access to horses, farms, showgrounds and racetracks.


Read the official statement from New Jersey on the Jurga Report; just click on the headline or image to read the news.

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Research Report: Who’s More Stressed in the Show Ring: Horse or Rider? -- The Jurga Report

Research Report: Who’s More Stressed in the Show Ring: Horse or Rider? -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
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It’s show time. And there you are walking your horse toward the in gate. It’s about to open. The crowd will cheer. The symptoms are palpable: rapid pulse, dry mouth, shaky voice, blushing and sweaty palms. Your trainer is talking, giving last minute instructions, but you don’t hear her anymore.


Riders forget their dressage freestyles, eventers get lost on cross-country, and saddle-seat equestrians sweat off all that carefully-applied makeup. It feels like the whole world is watching.


But what about your horse?


Read about this new research study comparing levels of the stress hormone cortisol in both horses and riders, while training and while competing. You might be surprised at what the researchers found in the horses and riders of the Cadre Noir elite haute ecole unit in Saumur, France.


Click on the headline or image to read the full article on THE JURGA REPORT.


Keep up with horse health news by reading The Jurga Report, a horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on Equisearch.com.


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Jay Hovdey: Tangled world of equine slaughter

Jay Hovdey: Tangled world of equine slaughter | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
In an admiral display of equine harmony, the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee of the Oklahoma Senate voted 9-0 last Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow for the operation of equine slaughterhouses in the state.

 

@FranJurga writes: The Daily Racing Form's eloquent Jay Hovdey summarizes some recent activity in the USA to revive commercial horse slaughter, while Europe points fingers in every direction over the mislabeling of horse meat for beef.

 

The photo with this snippet is not in the Daily Racing Form; it is from my archive of horse slaughter and butchery photos and is by Frank Kovalchek. This horse meat shop is in Passau. Germany near the Austrian border.

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Austrian dressage rider banned from competition for nine months for "painful and illegal training methods" -- via eurodressage

Austrian dressage rider banned from competition for nine months for "painful and illegal training methods" -- via eurodressage | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Austrian FEI rider Ulrike Prunthaller has been convicted to a nine month ban from competition and a 4,000 euro fine for the application of "painful and illegal training methods" to her horses.

 

Her coach Friedrich Atschko is fined 5,000 euro for conscientiously supporting these methods.

 

@FranJurga writes: That must have been quite a hearing. According to Eurodressage, the rider and trainer were exposed by grooms who posted a video on YouTube.

 

Yes, that is a sign of the times that sounds just as modern as the training techniques sound archaic. And cruel, to say the least.

 

Click the headline or image to read the story on eurodressage.com

 

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Watch it! The Jockey Club, NBC Sports Group Announce 2013 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” TV Schedule

Watch it! The Jockey Club, NBC Sports Group Announce 2013 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” TV Schedule | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

(via press release) The Jockey Club, in collaboration with the NBC Sports Group and six racetracks, will provide live coverage of six major prep races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands, as well as a 30-minute special previewing the Triple Crown season, during the last two Saturdays in March and the first two Saturdays in April, it was announced today.

 

The Road to the Kentucky Derby series starts with a 30-minute special previewing the televised races and the Triple Crown season. The special will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, March 23, from 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

All six races fall into the highest tier on Churchill Downs’ new points system to determine starters for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, on NBC.

 

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE (All Times ET)

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6 – 6:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Road to the Kentucky Derby preview show

 

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 6 – 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Florida Derby (Gulfstream Park) and Louisiana Derby (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots)

 

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Wood Memorial (Aqueduct Racetrack) and Santa Anita Derby (Santa Anita Park)

 

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4:30 – 6 p.m. (NBC)

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Keeneland)

 

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6 – 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Arkansas Derby (Oaklawn Park)

 

And of course, the Kentucky Derby will be broadcast on NBC on Saturday, May 4

 

Read the full release at this web address: http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=605

 

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@FranJurga writes: It sounds like the cable and satellite giants are silent partners in this; only the Derby itself and one race--the Bluegrass--will be available on free tv. So make sure your cable bill is paid! The news release this morning did not mention livestreaming or pay-per-view on the web.

 

Many people are working, traveling, or anywhere but home on Saturday afternoons and a webcast is a great way for racing to broaden the base of viewers who would tune in via a URL and support racing.

 

But at least you have a few weeks to arrange your schedule accordingly; mark your calendar today!

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Might the Psychology of Inclusion Answer the Challenges of Thoroughbred AfterCare? -- Secretariat Center Blog

Might the Psychology of Inclusion Answer the Challenges of Thoroughbred AfterCare? -- Secretariat Center Blog | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Rescue/rehab/reschooling groups of which the MMSC is one, are no different. We might be even more guilty of the Psychology of Exclusion. 
We are a passionate bunch and passion begets emotional thinking. We are predominately women and women are fiercely protective of their “babies."


"And we are all scrambling for the same dollars.


"How easy is it, therefore, and how comforting to criticize the mission, the mores, the horses, the horsemanship, the decisions, the actions of another organization?! Cattiness makes us feel better about ourselves, more secure, more self righteous.


"Naysaying might win allies. Their loss is our gain. But who in the end suffers? 

 

"The horses, of course."


@FranJurga writes: Susanna Thomas, executive director of the Makers Mark Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park examines the damage done by exclusion and separatism within the Thoroughbred aftercare culture and, by extension, the entire racing and horse worlds.


It seems like a "no-brainer", but the reality is obviously quite different. She only alludes to the behavior of individuals and--by extension--organizations so it's hard to know where and how the handholding might begin.

 

Maybe that will be in her next blog post!

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The Carriage Association of America Toured my Stable and Carriage House! - Martha Stewart Blog

The Carriage Association of America Toured my Stable and Carriage House! - Martha Stewart Blog | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Last Friday, a group from The Carriage Association of America (CAA) came to my farm for a tour of the stable and the adjacent carriage house.  Founded in 1960...


Via Susie Blackmon
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@FranJurga writes: How did I miss this? I would have loved to have been part of this tour!

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The Man Who Could Save America's Wild Horses (But Will He?) -- The Atlantic

The Man Who Could Save America's Wild Horses (But Will He?) -- The Atlantic | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
Meet Raul Grijalva, a rumored potential nominee for Secretary of the Interior -- and dedicated friend of the nation's untamed herds.

 

When Ken Salazar announced his resignation earlier this month as Secretary of the Interior, it set off quivers of speculation among wild horse advocates about who might replace him in the post most important to the fate of the nation's vulnerable herds...


@FranJurga writes: Be sure to read this excellent article! Click on the headline or image to read lots more about Raul Grijalva and Christine Gregoire, two likely candidates for Secretary of the Interior.

 


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Mine That Bird and Canonero II - Both Derby Longshot Winners Trained at High Altitudes

Mine That Bird and Canonero II - Both Derby Longshot Winners Trained at High Altitudes | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
Mine that Bird and Canonero II are commonly recognized as the biggest upsets in modern Derby history, with post time odds only surpassed by the 91-1 Doneraile, winner of the 1913 edition of this Am...
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Horse meat: Dark dealings of Europe's cruellest trade - Telegraph

Horse meat: Dark dealings of Europe's cruellest trade - Telegraph | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Horses sold for meat at a night-time fair in Poland are being transported across Europe in a trade that has suspected links to organized crime."


Click on the image or headline to open this rather lengthy but intriguing article that is well worth a read.


@FranJurga writes: This is the best article I read today. Also the worst. 


Read it and I think you'll see why I say that. 

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Equine Herpes Virus fails to dampen spirits at HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

Equine Herpes Virus fails to dampen spirits at HITS Ocala Winter Circuit | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
At just past the halfway point of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, exhibitors remain positive and eager to compete despite concerns of a potentially fatal horse illness discovered on the grounds last week.

Via Susie Blackmon
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Ocala HITS Show Responds to EHV Threat at Showgrounds in Florida -- The Jurga Report

Ocala HITS Show Responds to EHV Threat at Showgrounds in Florida -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
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Equine Herpes Virus has been diagnosed in a horse that was removed from the showgrounds of the HITS Show in Ocala, Florida last night.


Kristin Vale, officer manager for the showcase winter hunter/jumper show in Central Florida responded to a call today to provide information about the situation with the event.

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Florida Division of Animal Industry: Official EHV-1 Outbreak Information

Florida Division of Animal Industry: Official EHV-1 Outbreak Information | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

A single case of Equine Herpes Virus in Ocala, Florida has set a series of biosecurity measures into motion, including an announcement from state animal health officials.


Click on the headline or image to open the official announcement from Florida.


(Photo by Zlatko Unger)

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Horse Meat Scandal Moves Great Britain to Overhaul Equine “Passport” ID System to Protect Horses from Slaughter -- The Jurga Report

Horse Meat Scandal Moves Great Britain to Overhaul Equine “Passport” ID System to Protect Horses from Slaughter -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Verbatim information about the British government system for horse slaughter pre-identification has been edited from a longer document explaining the situation, provided by the charity World Horse Welfare. Please note that there is no comparable system in North America.


Please continue to The Jurga Report to read the plan to overhaul the system.


@FranJurga writes: The British Equestrian Federation, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Local Government Trading Standards, British Equine Veterinary Association and horse welfare charities have succeeded in initiating government action to overhaul the horse identification system in light of the recent horse meat scandal nd the discovery of traces of bute in approximately 5% of horse meat tested.


There are actually two issues here: the entry of a huge quantity of horse meat into the human food system without proper labeling and the testing of horse meat disclosing the presence of bute, which may be harmful to humans.


British horse interests feel that there has been misuse of the existing horse passport system. Does the public trust the system? 


Click on the big bold headline or image to read the full article.


Keep up with horse health news by reading The Jurga Report, a horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on Equisearch.com.


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Winter worries: Michigan horseowners have new equine feed and welfare resources during shortage

Winter worries: Michigan horseowners have new equine feed and welfare resources during shortage | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

via Michigan State University press release


As a result of the 2012 drought, some horse owners in the state of Michigan are having difficulties finding feed sources for their horses. Michigan State University Extension has created an online resource to aid horse owners with equine feeding and welfare issues. 


“The hay supply is short this year in part because of the devastating drought that we experienced this past summer,” said Karen Waite, MSU equine Extension specialist. “This new online resource contains options for horse owners during this time of need.”


The resource page on winter feed is available at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/. To get to it, run the mouse over the “Agriculture” category along the green navigation bar at the top and click on “Horses” from the drop-down menu. All the horse resources are listed under the “Resources” header along the right-hand column.


The direct link is http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/horse_feed_resources


The Equine Feed and Welfare Resources page features MSU Extension articles on alternative feed sources, hay prices and availability, hay and pasture, and equine welfare and body condition scoring.


For more information about hay resources, drought or winter feed sources for horses, visit the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension website at www.msue.msu.edu. The site features information from MSU Extension experts throughout the state.

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Sharp fall in British Thoroughbred numbers continued in 2012- Horse & Hound

Sharp fall in British Thoroughbred numbers  continued in 2012- Horse & Hound | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
The number of thoroughbreds being bred in Britain is in sharp decline, which is welcome news to racing and welfare bodies

 

@FranJurga writes: While it is not possible to compare numbers directly between the US and the UK, it might be interesting to know how the percentage of decreased breedings compared. 

 

What's your guess?

 

Click on the headline or image to read the Horse & Hound article detailed the past five years in British breeding.

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Isabel Werth’s El Santo NRW Tests Positive For Cimetidine in Germany -- The Chronicle of the Horse

Isabel Werth’s El Santo NRW Tests Positive For Cimetidine in Germany -- The Chronicle of the Horse | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

It was a long-kept secret between Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth and the German Equestrian Federation that Werth’s ride El Santo NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the 2012 Rhineland Championships, held at Langenfeld (Germany), June 21-24.

 

But the secret came out on Feb. 8 in the online edition of the leading German equestrian magazine St. Georg, after the disciplinary commission of the German FN had its most recent meeting on the case about three weeks ago.

 

The result of the A sample was made known to the rider a short time after the Rhineland Championships. Later, the B sample also tested positive.

 

Click on the headline or image to read the full article

 

@FranJurga writes: The dressage star is caught in a no man's land between FEI and German national regulations. The medication is allowed, with restrictions, by the FEI, but she was showing at a German national event, so she is in the hot seat (again).

 

You should read this article, if for no other reason, to hear the complicated barn water system malfunction explanation for how a medication given to one of her horses ended up in another's system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Severely burnt horse recovering at Ohio State research center

Severely burnt horse recovering at Ohio State research center | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Northstar, a horse burned by unknown arsonists who intentionally drenched him in flammable liquid and set him on fire last August, is making strides in his recovery process at Ohio State’s Galbreath Equine Research Center.

"The 7-year-old paint gelding underwent his latest skin graft surgery on Tuesday as part of his long journey back to health."


@FranJurga writes: Ohio State provides an update on this courageous horse's recovery. It's great to hear how well he is doing!

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Darley Flying Start program shapes new generation of industry leaders

Darley Flying Start program shapes new generation of industry leaders | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
The Darley Flying Start program is one of the most unusual programs in racing, and 2013 marks its 10th anniversary, having produced almost 100 graduates employed in the horse industry internationally.

 

@FranJurga writes: This is one of my favorite programs in the horse world--and it should be a model for more like it! I've always wanted to launch a program like this for hoofcare. If we're not thinking about the future, what are we going to do when we get there?

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Meet the trainer behind the Super Bowl Clydesdale commercial - Tampa Bay Times

Meet the trainer behind the Super Bowl Clydesdale commercial  - Tampa Bay Times | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

The hidden star behind it all is a 43-year-old trainer, performer and stuntman who was counting on a quiet winter until the Budweiser folks called in mid December and asked if he was interested in training some of the world's most famous horses...

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@FranJurga writes: Here are some details about the making of the Budweiser Clydesdale commercial in Sunday's Super Bowl. Tommie Turvey was on the job!

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Friends at Work: Part-time farrier in Iowa gets her kicks in shoeing horses--and riding them! --Sioux City Journal

Friends at Work: Part-time farrier in Iowa gets her kicks in shoeing horses--and riding them! --Sioux City Journal | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Dani Rueter gets her kicks out of being a farrier.

 

...For every quarter horse running barrels and chasing calves on the rodeo circuit, there's a farrier standing behind.

 

Or, under them, as the case may be.

 

How ScoopIt works: Click on the bold headline or image to read Dani's story.

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Are you following @HoofcareJournal on Twitter?

 

Have you "liked" the hoofcare and lameness news and media page www.facebook.com/hoofcareandlameness?

 

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