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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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Mosquito

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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NC Horse Blogpsot

Check out the NC Horse Blogspot. New posts every Monday!

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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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Trot to Trophy

Check out the Trot to
Trophy App!

Trot to Trophy is a mobile game with an educational intent, encouraging players to learn and master the ways of the equine world. Horse 101, if you will! Grab life by the reins and learn how to care and provide for your horse. Train them and test their skills by going up against the evil Luchador in order to take his place as the one true champion! NCSU’s Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips is a Game Designer and Subject-Matter Expert for Trot To Trophy.  The app is designed for both iPhone and iPad and is available on iTunes for $3.99.Proceeds from downloads go back to the NCSU Animal Science Department.  To learn more about the program and to view screenshots, go to www.trottotrophy.com

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2016 Horse Judging Course Offerings

NCSU and Extension Equine Husbandry are proud to offer two opportunities for individuals to improve and enhance their horse judging skills.  The following chart explains the two different offerings and also provides links MORE »

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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 »

Awards

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

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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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 weeks 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
— 1 month 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
— 1 month 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
— 1 month away
Open Horse Show Judge's Certification ClinicSat Nov 19 - Sun Nov 20, 2016 - ALL DAY— 2 months away
Youth Horse Judging, Horsebowl & Hippology Team Training ClinicSat Jan 14, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
— 4 months away
State 4-H Horsebowl & Hippology ContestsSat Mar 4 - Sat Mar 4, 2017 - ALL DAY Where:
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
— 5 months away
State 4-H Horse Judging ContestSat Apr 22 - Sat Apr 22, 2017 - ALL DAY Where:
St. Andrews University, 1700 Dogwood Mile St, Laurinburg, NC 28352, USA
— 7 months away
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