VSV Update 7/12/2019: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Colorado has become the third state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VSV).
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.
**Update July 12, 2019:
Both initial (July 3) premises in Colorado are private residences with horses as the only livestock species present. The index premises has 1 of 2 horses presenting with lesions on the sheath and no history of recent movements on or off the premises. The subsequent positive premises has 1 of 3 horses presenting with lip and tongue lesions with a history of only pleasure riding nearby the premises 2 weeks prior and no other recent movements. There are no additional animals at either location currently showing clinical signs of VSV. Both premises are under state quarantine and will remain so until at least 14 days from the onset of lesions in the last affected animal on the premises.
Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2019 have been diagnosed in Kinney and Tom Green counties in Texas and in Sandoval County in New Mexico. Please see the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services website to read the current situation report for all confirmed cases in the US.
What Veterinarians Need to Know
Report any cases that have clinical signs suggestive of VSV to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130. Reporting cases as quickly as possible will benefit your client and is the best way to reduce the negative implications to other owners.
NON-EQUINE CASES: All suspected VSV in non-equine cases (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids) must be investigated by state or federal animal health officials.
Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. States may impose certain restrictions for horses and livestock coming from VSV affected states. Visit this website for a list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices.
If the destination state requires you to certify that the livestock do not originate within a specified distance of a VSV-quarantined premises (for example a 10 mile circle), call our office at 303-869-9130. One of our staff can map the location of your client and the location of the nearest quarantine so you can ensure they meet the destination state requirements.
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Background
Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. The transmission 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.
On Tuesday, April 23rd, Douglas Elbert County Horse Council will be hosting a Barn Manager and Volunteer refresher training for all who have volunteered to help during an evacuation. In order to have things run smoothly during a very high-stress situation, it is important to attend. This meeting should not take very long.
Date: Tuesday April 23rd
Place: Franktown Fire Protection District
1959 N State HWY 83
Franktown, CO 80116
Time: 7:00 P.M.
In case you haven’t heard yet, there is a big snow storm coming tomorrow. All the news channels are covering it. If you want to see your weather forecast, check it out here. In many areas, the rain will start tonight and will slowly turn into snow with snow continuing into Thursday. This storm will also be accompanied by very strong winds.
Now, what we care about? How to take care of our horse and livestock!
Good luck and stay safe in this storm (and be sure to tag us in fun snowy animal pictures on social media!).
The Colorado State Animal Health Laboratory is moving April 1. They will not be shutting down during their move. But please keep in mind this move when you are sending samples, to ensure they get to the correct address. If you are worried about a delay in processing due to delivery to the wrong address or anything else for your coggins test, clients are welcome to drop off samples at the new lab starting April 1st.
The new address is:
300 S. Technology Ct.
Broomfield CO 80021
We are lucky to have Colorado State University here, they offer an exceptional team of equine vets to the community. Dr. Pat McCue has done a series on the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory Facebook Page regarding foaling. If you plan on breeding, we highly recommend watching this to further your education!
We highly recommend following their Facebook page too, so you don’t miss out on any educational videos and articles!
You may have heard about the mountain lion attack here in Colorado recently. We wanted to share the information with you so you can be informed.
On Monday, Feb. 4 at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space a trail runner was attacked by a juvenile mountain lion. The victim was able to defend himself from the attack, resulting in the death of the mountain lion (by suffocation). The runner was then able to leave the open space property and get himself to a local hospital.
These attacks are not common in Colorado. But if you ride or hike, remember that Colorado has wildlife and to always stay attentive and vigilent.
This serves as a reminder that living in Colorado means living among our wildlife. Here’s what to do if you encounter a mountain lion: https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeLion1.aspx
Let’s face it, as a horse owner, we have all relied on a boarding facility at some point to be able to enjoy our equine friends. And unless you are really blessed, most of us will always require a boarding facility to be able to enjoy horses.
Boarding facilities offer us so many amenities, they really are a blessing to us; a blessing that a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and money go into so we have great facilities available to us for the riding and care of our horses.
We know owning a horse is not cheap, but you would be surprised the favors that boarding facilities are actually doing for us, based on the actual cost to operate one VS the cost they charge us.
So in hard costs per horse, that is already $183/month (or $255/month for a little more hay).
Now we are up to $273/month (or $345/month with a little more hay).
We are up to $573/month with these additional costs (or $795/month with a 1/2 bale instead of 1/3 bale, and $15/hr labor instead of $10/hr labor).
This does not take into consideration the specialty insurance the facility needs to have to be able to board your horse and have you ride there, the cost of the tractor and attachments (mowers, drags, plows, etc.), maintenance for facility and facility equipment, water and electricity, facility repairs due to horses damaging items, etc.
So if you have a facility you enjoy boarding at, and the cost is under what we outlined above… your facility owner is probably not making any money (and actually your horse being there is costing them money in the bigger picture). So before you complain about how much your board is, keep that in mind!
Having a great boarding facility also gives us the option to go on vacation for a week, or not see our horse for a day as needed. Providing us with a LOT of flexibility to enjoy our lives outside of horses.
And remember to support your facility owner by taking lessons when offered, participating in clinics and events, and just being sure to thank them once in a while for the wonderful facility they make available to you.
If you happen to love a horse person, one of the ways to their heart is DEFINITELY through their horse. So here are 10 affordable gift ideas every horse lover will love! Click on any of the images to link to the page to purchase them!
Lettia Rhinestone Padded Leather Halter – $69.99
Woof Wear Color Fushion Dressage Saddle Pad – $69.95
Lettia CoolMax Western Saddle Pad – $89.99
Word Necklace Live Laugh Love Ride – $12.69
Great Grip 8Pc Grooming Package – $47.49
Eqyss Avocado Mist Conditioner Detangler – $20.99
Lettia Sparkly Polo Wraps – $29.99
Stud Muffins Horse Treats – $9.70
Bling Horse Hat – $22.19
Horses are Where the Heart Is Hoodie – $30.49
The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival is going on this weekend. They happen to be live-streaming the classes for us to enjoy! Keep an eye on their FB Page if you want to live-stream, or we will be updating this page with links as they are
Ride Schedule: http://horseshowoffice.com/info/2019/37-69/Ridesch.pdf
Click here to watch the fifth broadcast of the day; CDI-U25 FEI Young Rider Grand Prix (16-25), CDI-J FEI Junior Individual Test, CDI 3* Intermediate A, CDI 1* Intermediate Freestyle, CDIW Grand Prix Freestyle.