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Chestnut Oak:Ha had it's first event in the newly graded arena. The Bull Bash was a huge success. Thanks to Ken Gran & Bill Cloy for all their hard work.
 
WARNING: Those of you that have living quarters in your trailers or those of you that camp with your trailers. Please be very careful using "buddy heaters" these are not factory installed and are very dangerous. People use these heaters when they are in primitive camp sites. This past weekend in Hahira GA a family found out just how dangerous they are. Luckily the people and the horses were not injured. Click below for slide show

http://good-times.webshots.com/slideshow/568708731uczXEv

Please Keep Sheena and Anita in your prayers, Both have been injured in a horse related accident, both have serious injuries to their pelvis area.


 

There has been an outbreak of a horrid equine disease: Rhino EHV-1 (Equine Herpesvirus).  This is a mutant strain of the neurological variation of Rhino, there is no vaccine for it, and it is lethal. There are multiple confirmed deaths due to EHV in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Canada, Idaho, and unfortunately, is spreading like you cannot believe.  It is believed that a horse with the virus attended the NCHA Western National Championship cutting in Ogden, UT and has caused a massive cross contamination.  All the horses that are dead or are being treated were vaccinated for Rhino, it doesn’t matter, this strain does not respond to any vaccine.  The first death was a Canadian cutting horse that attended the Ogden show, there have been more in Weld County Colorado, there is a barrel racing stable in Colorado that has a confirmed case, which shows that it is rapidly and easily spreading through different disciplines and through many venues - CSU is now full and most Vets are not accepting Rhino horses, and have considered worldwide experts in this matter.  This is considered an emerging disease. It is behaving in an extreme manor.  A similar outbreak occurred before, and at CSU, despite the fact the school runs one of the nation's top veterinary biosecurity programs, the EHV virus spread to over 20 equine patients on the premises, and spread out of control.   The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and the neurologic form of the virus can reach high morbidity and mortality rates. The incubation period of EHV-1 is typically 2-10 days, but there has been a case of a horse showing symptoms as many as 12 days after contamination. In horses infected with the neurologic strain of EHV-1, clinical signs may include: nasal discharge, discoordination, hind end weakness, recumbency, lethargy, urine dribbling and diminished tail tone. Prognosis depends on severity of signs and the period of recumbency. There is no specific treatment for EHV-1. Treatment of symptoms may include intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatory drugs and other appropriate supportive treatment. Currently, there is no equine vaccine that has a label claim for protection against the neurological strain of the virus.   Horse-to-horse contact, aerosol transmission, and contaminated hands, equipment, tack, and feed all play a role in disease spread.   They cannot stress enough about the cross contamination, this deadly virus can be on anything - your steering wheel in your truck, door handles, trailer latches, your purse, your hat, sunglasses, cell phone, pop or food wrapper, bucket, feed pan, hay bag, rubber bands, brushes, tack, boots, clothing, ANYTHING you touch or rub against could have the virus on it! PLEASE monitor your horses, the first symptom of this disease is a spike in temperature of 102 degrees.  Horses with severe clinical signs of neurological EHV-1 illness are thought to have large viral loads in their blood and nasal secretions and therefore, present the greatest danger for spreading the disease. Immediate separation and isolation of identified suspect cases and implementation of appropriate biosecurity measures are key elements for disease control.   This is a serious matter that demands immediate attention, becoming aware and knowledge about this detrimental outbreak is a necessity – and we ALL, as equine owners, trainers, and event producers MUST do our part to STOP the spread of this horrible mutant and deadly virus.  Serious thought needs to be made on hosting events within infected states and their bordering neighbors.  Many national level events that are scheduled within the next month have been CANCELLED to STOP THE SPREAD of this disease. This information is taken from very reliable sources, here are a couple articles you can read for yourself below.  We will be hearing a lot more about this, please stay alert to the latest information.  http://www.idahocha.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/EHV-1-Alert-14May2011-ISDA.pdf http://www.nchacutting.com/ag/shows/pdf/cda_20110513.pdf
 

 


The Club lists a contact number for the Georgia Horse Welfare Coalition--it's an ad hoc group of concerned horse people who will help direct horse owners to assistance and resources. Recently, several abandoned horses were rescued in Pike County by local folks. If you know of any horse owner who is struggling with hard times, please direct them to the Pike County website for more information or contact cmcauliffe@humanesociety.org for help.

Feral Hogs have been sited several times this summer 2010 at 1099. Please be prepared for this and be careful. They show no fear of humans. PD about Hogs


Greener Pastures

Tax: The Mobleys lost Taz, Mothers Day 2010. Taz was the family "go to" horse that was always a safe ride for any skill level rider. Tammy has said she always knew when she sent a kid out with Taz  they would come back safe. Taz was  loved and will be missed!

Henry: Heather had to put Henry down. He was a rescue Thoroughbred. He was loved & cared for

Dude: Beth McMichen had to have two horses put down Sept 2010. Dude her AQHA had ringbone and the other fellow had stringhalt. Please keep them in your prayers.

Roman Cindy's horse Roman was lost due to storm related injuries. 5/2011
 

 

 





 


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