What's New: Equine Welfare News 2019

VSV – 21 Cases – Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Confirmed in Colorado

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The following is from the Colorado Horse Council:

July 12, 2019
Colorado State
Veterinarian’s Office
Vesicular Stomatitis
21 Cases Confirmed  Weld, La Plata and Larimer Counties, Colorado
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2019
Veterinarians and Livestock Owners Contact:  Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office, 303-869-9130
Media Contact:  Mary Peck, 303-869-9005, mary.peck@state.co.us

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has additional confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in La Plata, Larimer, and Weld counties. The total count of premises under quarantine for VSV by county is outlined in the table below.  CDA’s Animal Health division is updating this table with the latest data on its CDA VSV website.

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VSV -Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Confirmed in Colorado

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The following is from the Colorado Horse Council:

Colorado State
Veterinarian’s Office
Vesicular Stomatitis Case Confirmed in Weld County, Colorado
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Horses in Weld County, Colorado test positive for vesicular stomatitis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2019
Veterinarians and Livestock Owners Contact:  Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office, 303-869-9130
Media Contact:  Mary Peck, 303-869-9005, mary.peck@state.co.us

Broomfield, Colo. – Colorado has become the third state in the U.S. to have confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV). Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2019 have been diagnosed in Kinney and Tom Green counties in Texas and in Sandoval County, New Mexico.

On July 3rd, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported positive test results on samples submitted from two horses in Weld County. The two horses reside on separate locations in Weld County and have been placed under quarantine. The initial Colorado disease investigation was completed by a field veterinarian from the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

“Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

The Weld County epidemiological investigation indicates an incursion of VSV-infected insect vectors is the likely source of infection. Biosecurity measures and vector mitigation have been instituted on both locations to reduce the potential spread of the virus. The animals are being monitored daily and the index premises will remain under state quarantine until at least 14 days from the onset of lesions in the last affected animal on the premises. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VSV.

Vesicular Stomatitis Background

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle, and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. The transmission process of VSV is not completely understood, but includes insect vectors such as black flies, sand flies, and biting midges.

The incubation period ranges from 2-8 days. Clinical signs include vesicles, erosions, and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats, and coronary bands. Often excessive salivation is the first sign of disease, along with a reluctance to eat or drink. Lameness and weight loss may follow.

Humans may become infected when handling affected animals, but this is a rare event.  To avoid human exposure, individuals should use personal protective measures when handling affected animals.

Tips for Livestock Owners

  • Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
  • Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
  • Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. Contact information for all state veterinarian offices is listed here.
  • Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of veterinary inspection (CVIs or health certificates) issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can be beneficial in reducing risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements. See the Vesicular Stomatitis Guidelines for Shows and Fairs.
Important Points for Veterinarians
Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after hours, the voice message will indicate which staff veterinarian on call.
Additional resources

CDA Vesicular Stomatitis Information

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Colorado Horse Council June Newsletter

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The following is from the Colorado Horse Council:

2019 Heritage Ride Recap

This year’s Heritage Ride was a success! Participants enjoyed riding their horses on the Arapahoe Racetrack and watching the Arabian, Thoroughbred and Quarter horses race.

Riders took their horses through the Colorado Obstacle Challenge Series and 10 people won Cinch western shirts as a prize for their participation in the poker ride.

 

“The barn tours gave participants behind the scenes access to the racetrack and the opportunity to learn the innerworkings of the industry,” said Bill Scebbi, MNM, executive director of CHC.

CHC thanks everyone who participated and continues to support Colorado’s equine industry.

Save the date for the next ride! The CHC will host a ride in Douglas County on September 7. More details to come.

 

You can still participate! Donate Here to help support the work of the Colorado Horse Council.

Donate Here

 

 

 

Mid-Year Membership Renewal/New Membership Offer

It’s not too late to renew your CHC membership this year! Renew today to benefit from exclusive member opportunities, services and discounts for the rest of the year.

Here are a few ways that your membership makes a difference:

-Membership fees help pay lobbyists to promote equine interests at the State Capitol

-Allows you to make informed decisions with legislative updates about the equine industry

Here are a few ways your membership directly benefits you:

-$1 million worth of excess liability insurance for equine activities

-2 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Grounds Admissions tickets

-A business listing in the CHC member directory

-Discounts and member rates with associated equine companies

-Access to member mailing lists/directories/newsletters/email bulletins

Renew your CHC membership at Renew here

Become a new CHC member at Join here

 

Chip Your Horse

Microchipping your horse is more important than you may think. The grain-of-rice-sized chip can prevent theft, help recovery after disasters and gives your horse a permanent ID.

An estimated 40,000 horses a year are taken from their owners either by strangers or opponents in civil or legal disputes. Microchipping your horse allows you to report he/she as stolen and help authorities find your horse much easier.

After the chaos of a natural disaster, a microchipped horse is much easier to locate and return to you. As Colorado residents, we face the threat of fires, floods and tornadoes. Your horses could go missing in these disasters and an unchipped horse could be impossible to return to the correct owner.

Finally, it’s affordable. The microchip and lifetime registration is $20 through the Colorado Equine Microchipping program. From there, you can call a veterinarian at your convenience to insert and register the microchip. A horse microchipped through the Colorado Equine Microchipping Program will meet all the required criteria to register for events and races.

To learn more about CHC’s microchip program visit

Microchip my horse

 

“Support the Horse” License Plate Program

Looking for a unique way to support Colorado’s equine industry? Purchase a “Support the Horse” license plate for $30. All proceeds fund statewide research, education and promotion that enhances the equine industry in Colorado.

This year we are making it easier than ever, the process is now online. This makes the program more secure and easily accessible. Here are the simple steps to get started:

  • Donate online to the CHDA Support the Horse Program License plate program
  • Receive a DMV pin number by email
  • Bring the pin number with you to the DMV and show the pin number and email to the clerk

Show everyone you support Colorado’s equine industry and they should too!

 

VSV -Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Confirmed in Texas

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The following is from the Colorado Horse Council:

Colorado State
Veterinarian’s Office
Vesicular Stomatitis Case Confirmed in Kinney County, Texas
Stay informed!
Stay informed and help us protect your rights as Horse Owners
Join or Renew your Colorado Horse Council membership online today!
Did you know you can renew membership or become a new member online at the Equine City Hall?  Just  Click Here!
Save the postage and the time, and renew today!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 25, 2019

Veterinarians and Livestock Owners Contact:  Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office, 303-869-9130

Media Contact:  Mary Peck, 303-869-9005, mary.peck@state.co.us
Broomfield, Colo. – On June 24, 2019, the Texas Animal Health Commission announced a confirmed case of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in a horse located in Kinney County. While several hundred miles from Colorado, the case is concerning to livestock owners in Colorado due to the potential of a northward movement of the virus throughout the summer.
The transmission of VSV is not completely understood but includes insect vectors such as black flies, sand flies, biting midges, as well as mechanical transmission and livestock movement.
“This recent confirmation of VSV in Texas serves as a reminder that livestock owners must be vigilant in safeguarding their herds from this virus,” said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Now is the time to start thinking about disease mitigation practices to protect Colorado’s livestock.”   Learn more
To stay informed of equine diseases and equine health across the country and in your area, please refer to the
These quick links can be found on
The Colorado Horse Council work very closely with the Colorado Ag Department and the the Equine  Disease Communication Center to be certain the Colorado  equine community is aware and informed of important information regarding your animals health.
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Push “Restore Our Parks” Across the Finish Line!

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

American Horse Council Action Alert

House Must Repair Neglected Trails, Support Restore Our Parks Act!

As Congress moves toward a break in August, lawmakers have an opportunity to create a “super-majority” of supporters for the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA) of 2019.   This important legislation will end the neglect of our nation’s public trails by funding National Park Service maintenance projects with revenues from energy development initiatives.

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Volunteer Appreciation Meeting – ( Fixed registration link)

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The following is from Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

Expo Feedback and Planning 2020

 

The 2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo was great and we thank all of you that helped to make it a success!

You are invited to attend an

Expo Appreciation Meeting and Celebration

on May 4th, 2019,

at Arapahoe Race Park

Derby Day at the Park!

Expo Appreciation Meeting starts at 1:30PM

The Kentucky Derby Starts at 4:50PM

Refreshments and Prizes to all that volunteered

at the 2019 Expo!

During our gathering we will go over the 2019 Expo activities and get your input and ideas.

We will then start talking about 2020!

Are you interested in helping in 2020?

Come Join us!

After our gathering you’ll then have plenty of time to enjoy the Kentucky Derby at Arapahoe Race Park

Please register for the meeting below.

The link will take you to the Equine City Hall .

If you do not have an account there, please set one up

New Visitor Registration.

By registering , you are not joining the membership.

This registration means you have an account with us for notices about the Colorado Horse Council and the Expo and costs you nothing.

The Arapahoe Race Park is located at:

Arapahoe Park

26000 East Quincy Avenue

Aurora, CO 80016

Here is the link to their website: Arapahoe Race Park

Thanks to all of you that make the

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo a great Success!

Sincerely,

Bill Scebbi

CEO/Executive Director

Colorado Horse Council

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Push the PAST Act to the House Floor!

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

American Horse Council Action Alert

 

Push the PAST Act to the House Floor, Bill Gains 219 Sponsors!

Since being introduced in January, the bipartisan “Sen. Joseph Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act” (H.R. 693) has gained 219 cosponsors, which is more than half of the members of the House of Representatives.  Under new House rules, any legislation gaining 290 or more co-sponsors will receive an automatic vote on the floor.  As soon as H.R. 693 gains 71 more supporters – a target the horse industry can reach with your continued advocacy – House leadership will schedule the bill for a vote on the floor, where it’s assured quick passage.

H.R. 693 will strengthen the Horse Protection Act and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. The American Horse Council, along with most major national horse show organizations and state and local organizations, supports the PAST Act.  To send a letter to your representative urging him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor, please hit continue and follow the prompts.  For more information related to H.R. 693 and how to move the bill forward, please contact AHC’s Bryan Brendle at 202-296-4031.

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Co-Sponsor the Bi-Partisan PAST Act of 2019!

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

American Horse Council Action Alert

Tell Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Bi-Partisan PAST Act of 2019!

Following up on commitments made to the horse industry earlier this year, Sens. Crapo (R-ID) and Warner (D-VA) have led a bipartisan charge to re-introduce the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2019 (S. 1007).  Other original co-sponsors include Sens. Blumenthal (D-CT), Casey (D-PA), Collins (R-ME), Daines (R-MT), Feinstein (D-CA), Markey (D-MA), Moran (R-KS), Toomey (R-PA) and Wyden (D-OR).  If your senator is an original cosponsor, be sure to contact his or her office to express thanks for taking the lead on equine welfare issues.  If you don’t see your senator’s name listed, be sure to take this opportunity to send a letter to your lawmakers’ offices to urge co-sponsorship of the PAST Act.

As you know, S. 1007 will strengthen the Horse Protection Act and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. The American Horse Council, along with most major national horse show organizations and state and local organizations, supports the PAST Act. To send a letter to your senators urging them to sign on as co-sponsors and move this important bill forward, please click on the following link:

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