Upcoming Events of Interest:
Marion DuPont Scott Equine
Medical Center 2012-2013
December 4, 2012: "Equine Dental Disease: What to do when your horse has a bad tooth" by Dr. James Brown
January 8, 2013: "Tumors in Horses; Identification, treatment and what's new" by Dr. Kenneth Sullins
February 12, 2013: "Lameness; diagnosis and treatment of arthritis" by Dr. Jennifer Barrett
March 12, 2013: "Acupuncture: Let's get to the point" by Dr. Anne Desrochers
Seminars will begin at 7:00 pm inthe library of the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia.
For reservations or information: Sharon Peart at (703) 771-6842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center
17690 Old Waterford Road
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Tel: (703) 771-6842
Fax: (703) 777-3423
SAVE THE DATE!
Virginia Horse Council
Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar
The Virginia Horse Council (VHC) will hots its Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar at Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Center in Weyers Cave, Virginia, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. For the first time ever, the Virginia Horse Council will be hosting this event in conjunction with the Equine Lane Conservation Resource (ELCR).
The educational portion of the seminar will be broken into separate tracks to include trails, equine health, ELCR topics and other important issues in the equine industry. The sessions will run concurrently allowing attendees to mix and match topics according to their individual interests.
It's time to hitch and saddle
horses and mules!
It’s time to get ready for the first activities of 2012 and you are reviewing your list of things not to forget. At the top of that list should be a current Coggins test, now that Virginia regulations are requiring a coggins test for all events where horses gather.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced that effective March 2, 2011, an updated regulation will take effect regarding the Coggins test for equine infectious anemia. The updated regulation specifies that “all horses assembled at a show, fair, race meet or other such function or participating in any activity on properties where horses belonging to different owners may come into contact with each other in Virginia must be accompanied by a report of an official negative test for equine infectious anemia.” For years horse owners have been required to have a valid Coggins test when horses are assembled, and the updated regulation clarifies this. Assembly of horses for a trail ride on public property such as a state park is an example of an activity requiring horse owners to have a valid Coggins report with them.
Starting March 2, rangers in state and national parks may check for Coggins papers, and owners without valid test reports could be charged with a Class I Misdemeanor and asked to leave the park. As is currently the case under existing regulations, owners presenting fraudulent paperwork can be charged with civil penalties as well.
“Equine Infectious Anemia is a serious disease,” said Dr. Richard Wilkes, VDACS State Veterinarian. “It affects all members of the equine species and is found in nearly every country of the world. All infected horses, even those that are asymptomatic, become carriers and are infectious for life. Infected animals must either be destroyed or remain permanently isolated from other equines to prevent transmission. The change in regulation is not drastic, but it is important and horse owners need to take seriously the need for a valid Coggins test each year prior to any assemblage with other equines.” Wilkes says that horse owners may get a Coggins test by contacting their local large animal veterinarian. They routinely pull blood samples and submit them for Coggins testing.
For more information, horse owners should contact their veterinarian or VDACS’ Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.2483.
Have you ever thought about setting off on a journey with your team and wagon?
Bob Skelding did just that in August 2008 with his four horses hooked to his homemade RV wagon! Lancaster Farming Publication recently published this article detailing Bob's preparation for his journey, the unfortunate accident in which he suffered personal injury, the complete lose of his wagon and two horses. The publication will feature more of Bob's story in an upcoming issue. Bob Skelding's website and blog: www.wagonteamster.com.