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25+ Horse Found Dead in Wicomico Co.

On the evening of Friday, March 16, WBOC 16 reported that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the presence of several dead horses at a farm in the 6000 block of Cherrywalk Road outside of Herbron. Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office told WBOC 16 that, along with Wicomico County Animal Control, entered the property around 11am on March 16 after being notified about the deceased horses. Robinson reported that they found the remains of more than two dozen horses at various stages of decay. At this time, the causes of the deaths and how long each horse has been dead is under investigation. Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC 16 that his deputies had been called to the house on several occasions but not for this sort of situation. According to Sheriff Lewis, horses from this property have gotten loose dozens of times nearly causing several accidents on nearby roadways. He added that he did not recall any calls related to malnourished horses. According to WBOC 16, the property owner was previously fined in Wicomico County for multiple instances of littering. There are over 100 horses on the property. This most recent investigation may lead to charges, according to Sheriff Lewis. He told WBOC 16, “Absolutely.  Well certainly animal neglect, but it could be animal cruelty based on what our investigation finds out...

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ELD Mandate Ag Exemption Extended

Breaking News! U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate that affects the transportation of livestock, including horses. To read more about the original mandate, click here for the January 2018 Equiery story: Below is the most recent statement from the USDA, posted on March 13, 2018. (USDA – Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her announcement of an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Agricultural compliance with the mandate would have been problematic for the agriculture industry because the devices do not accurately account for the agricultural exemptions currently provided in the law. The ELD rule went into effect in December 2017, with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granting the agriculture industry an initial exemption that was set to expire on March 18, 2018. With the granting of another extension, the agriculture industry will now have additional time to comply. Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statement: “The ELD mandate imposes restrictions upon the agriculture industry that lack flexibility necessary for the unique realities of hauling agriculture commodities. If the agriculture industry had been forced to comply by the March 18 deadline, live agricultural commodities, including plants and animals, would have been at...

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EHV-1 Reported in Maryland

This past weekend, several reports citing that the Maryland Department of Agriculture placed three Maryland farms on hold due to exposure to equine herpesvirus-1 were circulating on social media. Horses from three farms, located in St. Mary’s County, Calvert County, and Montgomery County, attended a show in Virginia the weekend of February 24-25, where the exposure to EHV-1 occurred. According to the Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh, “as of this morning no horses at the Calvert and St. Mary’s County locations have shown any signs of EHV-1.” Dr. Radebaugh stated that, “as long as everything continues in the right direction, both farms will have their hold orders removed this weekend.” The Montgomery County farm has one horse with a fever that tested positive for the wild strain of EHV-1, but according to Dr. Radebaugh is not currently showing any neurological symptoms. The hold order on the Montgomery County farm has been extended. As more information is provided by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, The Equiery will keep you...

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About the Cover: A Brewster Family Hunt Cup History

When Derwins Prospector crossed the finish line at last year’s 121st Maryland Hunt Cup ahead of Drift Society by a nose, owner Gerry Leiper Brewster celebrated his first Hunt Cup win. Although this was Gerry’s first personal victory in 16 attempts, the Brewster family has a long history of successes at the Maryland Hunt Cup, which began over a century before Derwins Prospectors win last year. Gerry was born and raised on Worthington Farms, where the Hunt Cup has been run since 1922. Gerry’s parents Senator and Mrs. Daniel Brewster owned the farm in the 1950s and 1960s, and...

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Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Diseases of the Equine Respiratory Tract

with Elizabeth MacDonald, BVMS, MS Clinical Instructor of Equine Medicine Diseases of the respiratory tract are common in horses of all ages. Clinical signs vary from exercise intolerance, respiratory noise, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, cough, fever, and nasal discharge. Because many respiratory diseases can look alike when they are in the early stages, an accurate diagnosis is important to ensure the best treatment outcome possible. Respiratory disease can be classified into infectious and non-infectious causes. Infectious causes can be contagious to other horses and include viral infections like equine herpes virus and equine influenza virus, and bacterial infections like...

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St. Mary’s Riding Club Scholars

The St. Mary’s Riding Club has recently awarded two $400 academic scholarships to members Allison Willenborg and Rachael Richie. Allison is a senior at Leonardtown High School while Rachael is a senior at Great Mills High School. Both ladies plan to attend colleges this fall and will use their scholarship funds towards...

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