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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 18, 2011 20:08

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 8, 2011 17:28

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Corman Park Veterinarian Services Customer Appreciation Night

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 6, 2011 20:58

What:  All CPVS clients are invited to a Phizer meeting and supper

When:  May 10, 2011

Where:  Flying Appaloosa

Supper:  6:30

Phizer presentation:  Vaccination and disease prevention protocols


Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 6, 2011 20:55

Equine Herpes Virus

Equine herpes virus (EHV) is a common virus which affects horses. The disease is also known as Equine Rhinopneumonitis. This virus causes respiratory disease as well as abortions and neurologic disease. Respiratory disease is most common in young animals. Older animals can be infected and shed the virus without showing any signs of disease.

Horses with respiratory disease caused by EHV may have fever, coughing and/or nasal discharge. Some horses develop neurological signs such as incoordination, urinary incontinence and bladder distension. Severely affected horses may be unable to rise and “dog-sitting” may be observed. Neurologic disease may or may not be accompanied by respiratory disease. In pregnant mares, abortion may occur in late pregnancy or the foal may be born alive but with weakness, jaundice, respiratory distress and neurological signs and die within a few days.

The time from infection to the onset of disease is usually between four to six days. Abortions can occur from two weeks to several months after exposure to the virus. The virus is transmitted both directly (contact between horses) and indirectly (airborne virus or contaminated clothes, equipment, etc). The virus is mainly spread by aerosol droplets caused by coughing and snorting. Aborted fetuses, fetal membranes and fetal fluids are also infectious and the mares that have aborted shed the virus in their respiratory secretions.

Treatment for EHV-related disease is mainly supportive. Neurologic cases will need a safe, well-bedded stall especially if they are uncoordinated or recumbent. Horses that have difficulty urinating may need to be catheterized.

The outcome is good in the majority of cases. For horses that are recumbent for a long period of time, the prognosis is usually poor. It may take weeks or months before neurologic signs disappear completely, although in a few cases neurological problems have persisted for life.

Horses usually shed the virus for about a week after the onset of fever or neurologic disease. Once infected, animals carry the virus for life. They can shed virus periodically with or without showing signs of the disease, typically during periods of stress. This re-activation of the virus is responsible for the spread and survival of the virus in horse populations. Because the virus is so common, most horses become exposed to one or more strains of EHV at some point in their lives.

Several vaccines against EHV are available; however, vaccination does not prevent infection with EHV but does reduce the frequency and severity of clinical disease. Vaccination is generally recommended for broodmares.  None of the currently available vaccines state any claim for protection against the neurologic form of EHV infection.

Any suspected outbreak of EHV should be taken very seriously and steps taken to prevent spread of the disease. If you suspect your horse is infected with EHV, consult with your veterinarian for confirmation. When EHV is detected, isolate any infected horses immediately and avoid all direct and indirect contact with other horses. Exposed horses should also be isolated as a precautionary measure. Additional biosecurity measures should be taken, such as stopping all horse traffic on and off premises where infected horses have been identified and isolating infected and exposed horses from the general population for 28 days following the onset of the last identified case. Thoroughly clean and disinfect all facilities and equipment to prevent further cases.

For more information on this and other equine health issues, please contact your local veterinarian.

Dr. Wendy Wilkins, DVM, PhD

Disease Surveillance Veterinarian

Livestock Branch

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture




posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 26, 2011 08:21

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Performance Handlers visit OVC

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:24

On April 4th 2011, Students from the "Performance Horse Handlers Course" at the REACH campus of Ridgetown College were treated to a field trip to Equine Guelph and the OVC.  Instructors Doug Nash and Sharon McMaster report the class was very impressed by the future opportunities displayed.  One Participant commented, "It was an awesome experience, seeing first-hand how and what it takes to operate such a facility and the many opportunities available for careers addressing the welfare of Horses.  Equine Guelph was an amazing source of information regarding career opportunities, courses and knowledge as well as where to find them. The live demonstrations on Anatomy and the use of Heart Monitors and lectures provided by Equine Guelph was the best part"!!!   Thanks to Dr. Jeff Thomason, Dr. Kim McGurrin and Equine Guelph director Gayle Ecker for hosting this informative excursion.



Welcome to Equine Guelph’s First Integrative Therapies night!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:21

This seminar is a memorial tribute to Rosalie Logan from family members to share her love of the horse.  Rosalie believed an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure and Equine Guelph is pleased to facilitate this educational evening.  Guest speakers include: Dr. Brad Hanna, OVC, “From Bloodletting to Evidence-based Medicine”, Dr. Scott Hie, D.C., “Integration of Chiropractic Care With Horse Health Care”, Dr. Wendy Pearson, U of G, “The Science of Natural- A Case Study on Mint”, Holly Barnett, REMT CSF, (the role of massage therapy) and Jackie Vandenbrink, M.Sc., Masterfeeds  “Supportive Nutritional Therapies for Health”. 


Location:             Ontario Vet College Room 1438

Date:                    May 19th 2011

Time:                    7:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Register:              Please phone in to Equine Guelph 519-824-4120 ext. 54205 before May 12th.


Entry by donation kindly requested. 


NEW! Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:16


 First Offering by Equine Guelph, May 2011

Recently acclaimed by Horse Sport as leading the way in online equine education, Equine Guelph offers opportunities to increase your horse knowledge while balancing your schedule.

The latest addition to the award winning course line up, Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, will build on your experience with horses and learning from Functional Anatomy to improve your interaction with horses and enhance your ability to locate and use reliable information on equine anatomy. In this course students can research and explore areas of anatomy they are interested in whether it is the hoof, gut, skin, nervous system or any of the other systems based on research and evidence.  "Are you a motivated, independent learner, interested in taking your knowledge of equine biology to the next level, with anatomy as the foundation?  Then this course is for you," states instructor Dr. Jeff Thomason.

Courses Begin May 9th: Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Nutrition, Equine Behaviour, Equine Business Finance & Risk Management, Equine Event Management and Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy.

Courses are filling up fast- Sign up at:  www.equinestudiesdiploma.com



Unwanted Horse Coalition’s Operation Gelding Clinics Help Over 245 Stallions

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:08

WASHINGTON, DC – April 21, 2011 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) Operation Gelding program has aided in gelding 246 stallions to date. The program, which was launched in late August 2010 with the help of seed money from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the UHC, is designed to offer funding assistance to organizations, associations, and events that wish to conduct a public gelding clinic under the name and guidelines of Operation Gelding. An organization that has completed an Operation Gelding clinic will receive funding of $50 per horse, $1,000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic.


Organizations continue to express interest in hosting and conducting Operation Gelding clinics. As of April 18th, 2011, 246 stallions have been castrated with the help of UHC’s Operation Gelding funding. The nationwide program has sponsored 23 Operation Gelding clinics and offered a total of $12,300 in seed money. UHC sponsored clinics have been offered in 20 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Virginia.


Nadia Lane of High Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary hosted an Operation Gelding clinic in California. With her efforts, she and a team of vets were able to help castrate 10 stallions. “I would like to thank you for your help in getting the Operation Gelding seed money check processed for us. The extra effort you made on our behalf really means a lot to me. Our organization is very grateful for the financial help the UHC has afforded toward the gelding of colts and stallions”, said Lane.


The Tacoma Equine Hospital, of Tacoma Washington, was able to host a successful Operation Gelding clinic under the tutelage of Dr. Meg deGravelles. With seed money provided by the UHC, they were able to castrate seven horses. “Operation Gelding was a success! We ended up castrating seven horses. The community has been extremely supportive and grateful, and this was a fabulous opportunity you allowed us to pursue,” said Dr. deGravelles.


Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, said, “We are thrilled with the success of the Operation Gelding program thus far. It is very encouraging to see the amount of interest and participation in the program. Participating organizations have helped hundreds of horses and horse owners in need and have done a wonderful job working together to help with the issue of unwanted horses.”


For more information on Operation Gelding, how to conduct a clinic, or the schedule and location of Operation Gelding clinics, please contact Ericka Caslin, UHC director, at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.




AHC Releases Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 19, 2011 11:08


On April 19, 2011 the American Horse Council released its 2010 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. The 2010 report is intended to provide a brief overview of the responses the AHC received from equestrians to its ongoing access survey in 2010.  The report can be viewed on the AHC website at https://www.horsecouncil.org/images/2010ReportEqAccessFedLand.pdf.


In July, 2009 the American Horse Council launched its effort to collect information regarding equestrian access issues on federal lands. The center piece of this initiative is a online form riders can use to report their personal experiences regarding trails on federal lands that have been closed to them or other access issues.  This online form is located at           https://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.


This effort was prompted by a growing concern among recreational riders around the country that they were seeing a reduction in the number of trails and trail heads open to equestrians on federal land.


In March, 2010 the AHC released its first report on equestrian access, the 2009 Report

Equestrian Access on Federal Land, which can be viewed on the AHC website at



The 2009 report has been used successfully by the AHC to inform members of Congress, federal land mangers and other recreational users of the issues some equestrians have experienced.


“The 2009 report was a great success and has been used  by the AHC to inform members of Congress, federal land mangers and other recreational users of the issues some equestrians have experienced,” said AHC Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass.


Hundreds of thousands of Americans use horses and pack stock to enjoy America’s great outdoors each year.  However, it is an experience that cannot be enjoyed without access to public land, trail systems, and trailheads. 


“The AHC uses these reports to illustrate some of the challenges facing recreational riders,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.” “Our federal land mangers work hard and there are many great recreational opportunities on federal land. However, the equestrian community needs to be vigilant concerning any loss of access to federal land.”


The AHC plans to continue its effort to collect information regarding equestrian access. The AHC encourages all recreational riders to report their experiences to the AHC using this electronic form https://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.