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Officials struggling to identify virus as people report developing lesions seen in horses - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Officials struggling to identify virus as people report developing lesions seen in horses - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"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!

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Kentucky State Veterinarian Office Keeps an Eye (and writes a report) on EHV-1 in Florida -- Kentucky Horse Council

Kentucky State Veterinarian Office Keeps an Eye (and writes a report) on EHV-1 in Florida -- Kentucky Horse Council | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: The Kentucky Horse Council has shared a report from Rusty Ford in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office on the details of the EHV situation in Florida.


Kentucky is being diligent about the Florida cases out of respect for the large number of horses in that state, and also because so many of the horses affected by the outbreak in Florida will break camp at the end of March...and the Kentucky Horse Park shows and other events or destinations in the state may be their next stop.


Click on the image or headline to read the full report on the Kentucky Horse Council web site.


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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Mary Walker...three for three at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! WPRA report from Las Vegas

Mary Walker...three for three at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! WPRA report from Las Vegas | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

The smile on barrel racer Mary Walker's face says so much. She's having the time of her life.

Who wouldn't? Walker and her great horse, Perculatin, posted their fastest run of the week in winning the third straight go-round at...."


@FranJurga writes: "Mar-eee! Mar-eee! Mar-eee!" American sports has a new hero, and her name is Mary Walker.


The record crowd in the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas last night got their money's worth. Mary delivered her fastest time yet, crediting her horse's long, easy stride style.


Mary has a long rodeo in front of her, let's keep cheering her on!


Why is everyone cheering for a 53-year-old rookie mom from Texas? The rheumatoid arthritis sufferer was set back last year when her son was killed in a horse-hauling highway wreck. So her husband bought her a horse. The horse fell on her during training, crushing her pelvis, breaking vertebrae and leaving her in a wheelchair for months.


But she got back into the saddle and rode that horse to the American Quarter Horse Association's 2012 Barrel Racing Horse of the Year title. Along the way, she qualified for the National Finals Rodeo for the first time in her life!


Since she pulled her rig into Vegas, everything's been coming up like the roses embroidered in her cowgirl shirts: three nights of rodeo, three straight wins.


She is now #1 in the WPRA World Top 15 Standings. She's a rookie no more: a pack of former world champions are chasing her on the scoreboard.


If you can watch tonight on a cable channel called GAC, do it!


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Listen/Download/Embed/Tweet/Share: The ScoopIt Horse Sport News for This Week with Chris Stafford and Fran Jurga

Listen/Download/Embed/Tweet/Share: The ScoopIt Horse Sport News for This Week with Chris Stafford and Fran Jurga | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

@franjurga writes: Here we go again! Now that the Olympics are over, the politics can take back the news. 


No, not the Democratic National Convention--horse welfare politics!


Chris Stafford and I discuss some of the issues in the horse world. To me, they're all eggs in one basket. Sneeze at a Walking horse show and someone feels it at a three-day-event.


Keep your eye on the news because the way that equine welfare and reform are handled will affect us all.


How much can you cover in one podcast? Not nearly enough and some comments barely scratch the surface. 


Tune in, listen, download the file, embed it on your blog or web site, listen on iTunes--it's all yours!

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I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report

I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Today’s news, shared early yesterday by the New York Times, suggests that Doug O’Neill knew throughout the horse’s preparation for the Belmont that his horse was unsound. The story stated that the horse had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis after a post-Preakness set of radiographs and that two days before the Belmont “the colt was injected with two powerful painkillers as well as a synthetic joint fluid”.


The allegations came on the eve of a US Senate Commerce Committee hearing investigating the use of medication and performance-enhancing drugs in racing.


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Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report

Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Forget about EHV, shedding horses, snowstorms and The Sequester. Come with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas as she explores the quiet intimacy of sleeping horses in an exhibit currently running in New York City.


We all know the peace of a late night in a barn full of horses. Many of us can find out way around our barns without turning the lights on. The sounds, the smells and now the sight of sleeping, dozing horses are part of bonding in our roles as caregivers.


Charlotte goes there, takes us with her, and stuns us with her proximity to some of the most important horses in the USA: The caisson horses--mostly Lipizzaners--used for military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington DC.


Click on the headline to read the full article, including a video of the original, larger exhibit, on The Jurga Report.

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VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue California Horse from Barn Loft

VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue California Horse from Barn Loft | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Sacramento Metro firefighters and members of the University of California at Davis Veterinarian Medical Response team rescued a horse from the second story of a hay loft on Christmas Eve.


@FranJurga writes: This time of year, we hear abour horses falling through thin ice, floundering through swimming pool covers, or being marooned by blizzards.


But here's a rescue of an entirely different sort, as a California horse tested the problem-solving skills of the rescue crew.


Click on the headline or image to watch the video and read the article.


Read lots more about horse rescue in the archives of The Jurga Report, a news-filled horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on equiesearch.com.

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Equine Herpes Virus Outbreaks in Utah and Illinois; Four Horses Dead

Equine Herpes Virus Outbreaks in Utah and Illinois; Four Horses Dead | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

A single barn of horses is under quarantine and two horses are dead after positive tests for Equine Herpes Virus at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois, according to updated reports in the Daily Racing Form.


Further west, two additional horses have been euthanized in Utah.


Click on the big bold headline or on the image to read the full article, with official information from Utah state animal health officials.


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Horse Slaughter: Australia set to export wild donkey meat and edible skins to China

Horse Slaughter: Australia set to export wild donkey meat and edible skins to China | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The State Government says Queensland could reap millions from a "donkey deal" with China, that would see the joke of the animal kingdom exported for food and traditional medicine.


"Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin said China had signed a trade protocol with Queensland authorities allowing the export of wild donkey meat and edible skins for the first time.


"As well as allowing Queensland producers to get their mojo back in tough economic times, Mr Mulherin said the deal was likely to put romance in the air in China, where donkey skin is used to boost libido in traditional medicine."


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-to-become-the-ass-end-of-australia-20090622-csw6.html#ixzz24rRGcSOk


@FranJurga writes: This article gives you an idea of the range of perceptions about feral equines and equine slaughter, in general, in different parts of the world.



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