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EHV-1 update

Thought you all might want to see the most recent EHV-1 numbers from the government.

Click on this link to open a pdf of the USDA information. This has state by state info and also even shows the newest numbers in blue for ease of reading.

To sumarize:

* A total of 84 confirmed EHV-1 or EHM cases have been reported in 10 states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OK, OR, UT, WA)

* Of the 84 confirmed EHV/EHM cases, 58 cases are horses that were at the Ogden, Utah event.

* There are 12 horses associated with this incident that are dead or have been euthanized.

* There are 2 newly identified premises with suspect or confirmed cases identified this reporting period - one is in California and one is in Utah.

Please keep up with the measures you are taking to keep your herd safe and alll will be fine. There is no need to get all worried, as long as your property or barn is taking appropriate measures. If you want to know more about any AQHA or APHA shows and cancellations, please check their websites for more information.


AQHA Video

Hello everyone!

Hope you all have some horse plans for the holiday weekend, hopefully those plans include family and friends, as well. It's hot here in Arizona, so we plan on drinking tons of water at the barn and all the time we spend outside, too.

Please remember to honor all of the brave men and women who have served and are serving in our armed forces. They are the reason for our freedom!

Here's a link to a great video from AQHA that covers the latest information on EHV-1, World Show information, Select World Show point information and more! Did you know there's a military discount for the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum? Check out the details in this video!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.



AQHA Select World Show Qualifying Announcement


The AQHA has announce that the qualifying period for the Adequan Select World Show has been extended to June 26th. It was to have ended May 31. Many, many shows have been cancelled due to the EHV-1 outbreak and this now gives exhibitors a chance to qualify. AQHA has also changed the qualifying points for cutting, since nearly all cutting events have been cancelled through June 5th.

Here is the link to the news article on the AQHA website:

It's pretty cool that points earned in the period from May 31 to June 26th will actually count toward the 2011 Select World Show AND the 2012 show as well!

Thank you AQHA!

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) Myeloencephalopathy

Wow, I am sure you have heard alot of info on this subject. Seems like much of the information out there is conflicting or inaccurate.

Only 1 horse has died of this in AZ and three others are confirmed infected. All the horses that were exposed to this virus, at the cutting show in Ogden, Utah have been identified and isolated.

I am posting a few things that you should know and some links to help you better redEHV-1.

Most of you have already seen the cancellation of shows and events in Arizona and surrounding states for the next few weeks. The AzQHA show in Sonoita, AZ scheduled for May 26-29 is cancelled, so is the Blue Ribbon show on the 22nd of May. This is just good sense. Keep your horse home for a while to limit his/her exposure. Most barns will not be allowing haul-ins for a few weeks, as well. This is called keeping a "closed herd" it limits the spread of disease.

Practice good hygiene in your barn. Keep things as clean as you can. This is another good sense item. Don't let people touch your horse and the touch the next horse and so on. Horse people should already know this, but visitors to your barn should also be informed, as well.

Make sure you keep your horse vaccinated on a regular schedule, as recommended by your vet.

Above all else, keep yourself informed with accurate information.

Below are links to Channel 12 news and the USDA for more information on this virus:

If you have more questions, please give me a call @ 480-215-7103