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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

     FOALS! What you need to know NOW. It’s that time of year when joy and cuteness enter the world in the form of a long-legged, lanky adorable foal. Are you prepared for ensuring a healthy foal delivery? Tips & timeframes from Drs. Krista Estell and Elizabeth MacDonald of our neonatal intensive care unit: The first few hours of a foal’s life are critical. A newborn foal can deteriorate very rapidly, requiring immediate medical intervention. A newborn foal should: •  breathe independently within seconds of birth •  be on their feet within one hour •  be nursing on...

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Contained: Anne Arundel County Equine Herpes Virus-1

As of today, Friday, April 7, 2017, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there have been no new cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) reported since April 4, when one horse stabled in Anne Arundel County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. The farm was placed on 21-day investigational hold when the first case was confirmed on April 4 and strict biosecurity measures are in place to ensure that no visitors or vendors carry the disease onto other farms. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm since that date. The...

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Averting an Equine Health Crisis; CANCELLED: 2017 Maryland National Horse Show

We must keep in mind the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Click here to read The Equiery‘s first 2017 Equine Herpes health alert.) In what is undoubtedly a proactive and cautious move, management of the 2017 Maryland National Horse Show [Belfield Farm Show Management], which was to be held this weekend, has canceled the show this evening via their Facebook page:In the best interest of our friends, trainers , exhibitors and equines we feel we need to cancel our Maryland National Horse Show. [Thursday, April 6- Sunday, April 9, 2017] The Equiery...

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Anne Arundel County Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpes Virus

THIS JUST IN FROM THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: A horse stabled in ANNE ARUNDEL County has tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). On the evening of April 2, the horse was transported to Marion DuPont Scott Equine Health Center in Leesburg, Va., where it exhibited severe neurological signs, and was euthanized shortly after arrival. Diagnosis of EHV-1 was confirmed today, April 4, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Animal Health Lab in Warrenton, Va. The farm is presently under a 21-day investigational hold and strict biosecurity measures are in place while...

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The 2017 Maryland Legislative Session enters final phase

Yesterday, March 20, 2017, the first official day of spring, was – in the Maryland legislature – also “Crossover Date.” Crossover date is a big deal! For a bill to pass and become law, it must be approved by both chambers. If a bill fails to “cross over,” it is most probably dead for this session. Please note the equivocation on that: “most probably.” As with every rule, there is an exception: a bill could still be resurrected via “Rules.” But for a bill sponsor to do that, he or she is using up a chit, so they will...

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Fair Hill $250,000 Bond Bill

On Sat. March 11, legislators in both houses heard bond bills which would help fund improvements to the equestrian facilities at Fair Hill, which is owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Senate Bill 708 and House Bill 977 would authorize the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $250,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to The National Steeplechase Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Fair Hill Race Course. If passed, NSF would be required to acquire matching funds. The...

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