AHC's Issues Forum asks, Where are all the horses?
On June 24, the American Horse Council held its National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold, the makers of Adequan, in Washington, DC. The forum featured speakers from across the horse industry discussing “Where Have All the Horses Gone?” Leaders from breed registries, racing, showing, the various disciplines, veterinarians and other stakeholders spoke about the decline in registered horses and the impact on their segment of the horse industry.
NEWS & NOTES
CSU veterinarians advise ways to avoid infection while traveling with horses
Summer is peak season for horse shows and events, and Colorado State University veterinarians remind riders that it’s important if traveling to take steps that will help prevent the spread of equine infectious disease.
Recent cases and outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), which can cause potentially fatal neurologic disease, have drawn attention to the need for prevention. Influenza, salmonellosis and strangles are some other infectious diseases of concern, said Paul Morley, director of infection control at CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
New equine auction catalog app available
Just in time for buyers interested in Ruidoso Select Sale entries, Robin Glenn Pedigrees, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Quarter Horse Association, is excited to announce the release of its RGP Catalog App.
Vesicular Stomatitis update: 69 Colorado quarantines
The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 69 locations under quarantine after horses and one cow tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis as of Aug. 6. The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful, causing difficulty in eating and drinking.
Dr. Getty notes: Cecum exit defies gravity
Little known fact: The cecum in a horse has its entrance and exit at the top.
And you should pay attention to this because for digested material to exit, it has to actually defy gravity. To process food, the cecum contracts to push the contents out the top. To do this critical digestive function, forage needs to be flowing through the digestive system at all times.
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