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Durham County stable
quarantined after sick horse found

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016 CONTACT:  Dr. Mike Neault, director of livestock programs NCDA&CS Veterinary Division 919-707-3250 Durham County stable quarantined after sick horse found No threat to local horses, but horse owners should always take precautions RALEIGH – The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus, EHV-1, has been confirmed in a horse at a stable in Durham County. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services put the stable under a temporary quarantine last week when the horse initially began showing signs of illness. Lab results confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday and the stable will remain under a full quarantine for at least 21 days until veterinarians are sure that all horses are free of the disease. The horse, a 21-year-old thoroughbred has been responding well to veterinary treatment. All owners who have horses at the stable have been contacted. “We have been working with the stable owner and are confident that this virus is under control,” said Dr. Mike Neault, NCDA&CS director of livestock programs. “We are working with the local veterinarian to watch for signs of illness in other horses at the stable. There is no reason for other horse owners in the area to be alarmed.” EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses, but poses no threat to humans. It most often causes respiratory infections in young horses, but different strains can also pose neurologic problems. The virus also can cause abortion in pregnant horses or neonatal death. Vaccines are available that protect horses from most forms of EHV-1, but not from the strains that cause neurologic problems. Horse owners should take basic biosecurity precautions whenever they travel with their horses. Water and feed buckets should be disinfected and not shared. Stalls and trailers should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the spread of disease. New additions or those returning from shows and exhibitions should be isolated for three weeks prior to commingling with other horses upon returning home. Horse owners should also talk with their veterinarian to determine a vaccine schedule. More information about EHV-1 and how to prevent the virus can be found at www.ncagr.gov/vet/Disease Alerts.htm.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Durham County stable
quarantined after sick horse found

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016 CONTACT:  Dr. Mike Neault, director of livestock programs NCDA&CS Veterinary Division 919-707-3250 Durham County stable quarantined after sick horse found No threat to local horses, but horse owners should always take precautions RALEIGH – The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus, EHV-1, has been confirmed in a horse at a stable in Durham County. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services put the stable under a temporary quarantine last week when the horse initially began showing signs of illness. Lab results confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday and the stable will remain under a full quarantine for at least 21 days until veterinarians are sure that all horses are free of the disease. The horse, a 21-year-old thoroughbred has been responding well to veterinary treatment. All owners who have horses at the stable have been contacted. “We have been working with the stable owner and are confident that this virus is under control,” said Dr. Mike Neault, NCDA&CS director of livestock programs. “We are working with the local veterinarian to watch for signs of illness in other horses at the stable. There is no reason for other horse owners in the area to be alarmed.” EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses, but poses no threat to humans. It most often causes respiratory infections in young horses, but different strains can also pose neurologic problems. The virus also can cause abortion in pregnant horses or neonatal death. Vaccines are available that protect horses from most forms of EHV-1, but not from the strains that cause neurologic problems. Horse owners should take basic biosecurity precautions whenever they travel with their horses. Water and feed buckets should be disinfected and not shared. Stalls and trailers should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the spread of disease. New additions or those returning from shows and exhibitions should be isolated for three weeks prior to commingling with other horses upon returning home. Horse owners should also talk with their veterinarian to determine a vaccine schedule. More information about EHV-1 and how to prevent the virus can be found at www.ncagr.gov/vet/Disease Alerts.htm.

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Horse owners urged to
vaccinate horses after two S.C. horses confirmed to have EEE

RALEIGH – North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equine after two horses in Horry County, South Carolina contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County is the northern-most coastal county in South Carolina and borders Brunswick County in North Carolina. EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms includ e impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death. Once a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito, it may take three to 10 days for signs of the disease to appear. “If your horses exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately,” said State Veterinarian Doug Meckes. Meckes recommends that equine owners talk to their veterinarians about an effective vaccination protocol to protect horses from EEE and another mosquito-borne disease, West Nile virus. The combo vaccination initially requires two shots, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. Meckes recommends a booster shot every six months. Mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days, so removing any source of standing water can reduce the chance of exposing animals to WNV or EEE. Keeping horses in stalls at night, using insect screens and fans and turning off lights after dusk can also help reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Insect repellants can be effective if used according to manufacturers’ instructions. People, horses and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases, but there is no evidence that horses can transmit the viruses to other horses, birds or people through direct contact.

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2016 NC State 4-H
Horse Show

For information about the 2016 NC State 4-H Horse Show, please follow the link to this webpage: 2016 NC State 4-H Horse Show 2016 State Show Bulletin for Exhibitors- updated 6/20/16

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NC Horse Blogpsot

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2016 NC 4-H Horse
Program Calendar of Events

Click here for a printable copy of the 2016 NC 4-H Horse Program Calendar of Events.  Be sure to check the website and Google calendar regularly for updates.

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2016 NC State 4-H Horse Show Results

Thank you to all the youth that competed at the 2016 NC State 4-H Horse Show.  In the end, 311 horse/rider combos showed in 138 different classes.  Across the 16 divisions, there were MORE »

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2016 Communications Contest Results

Congratulations to all the youth that participated in the 2016 NC 4-H Horse Program Communications Contests which were held on July 16 at NCSU, during the NC 4-H Congress.  Complete results and win MORE »

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2016 NC State 4-H Horse Show Photos popular

Thank you to High Time Photography for serving as our official show photographer for this year’s show.  The pictures from the NC State 4-H Horse Show are now available on their website at http://www.hightimephotos.com/Other-Shows/2016-NC-State-4H-Horse-Show. Message MORE »

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NSBA Boot Camp being held in NC

The National Snaffle Bit Association is holding a series of 3 “boot camps” across the United States and one of them is being held in Laurinburg, NC,  June 28-30, 2016. Click here for MORE »

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Southern Regional 4-H Championships Horsebowl & Hippology ContestsWed Jul 27, 2016
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Where:
Perry, GA, USA
— 4 days away
Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships Horse Judging Contest & Opening CeremoniesThu Jul 28, 2016
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Where:
Perry, GA, USA
— 5 days away
AQHYA Horse Judging ContestMon Aug 8, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, 73112, Gordon Cooper Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, United States
— 2 weeks away
Quarter Horse Congress Horse Judging & Hippology ContestsWed Oct 19, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211, United States
— 3 months away
NCSU Horse Judging Short CourseSat Oct 29, 2016 @ 8:00 AM -
Sun Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:00 PM Where:
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, United States
— 3 months away
Eastern National 4-H Horse Round UpSat Nov 5, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209, United States
— 3 months away
NC 4-H Horse Program Advisory Council MeetingFri Nov 11, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Best Foods Cafeteria, Siler City, NC
— 4 months away
Open Horse Show Judge's Certification ClinicSat Nov 19 - Sun Nov 20, 2016 - ALL DAY— 4 months away
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