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Day Tripping through Southern Maryland

Just in time for last minute summer day trips! This month, the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) debuted “Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail.” A new heritage “trail,” Hoofbeats through History is a self-guided equine tour, a network of destinations highlighting the important role horses have played in Southern Maryland – and you don’t need to be on horseback to do this trail! The self-guided tour includes sites where cavalry camped during the Civil War, early stage coach routes, a Pony Express path, plus plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days, when horses pulled carriages and plowed fields. Several sites exemplify Southern Maryland’s role in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and others showcase Maryland’s state sport (jousting) or foxchasing. At several destinations, visitors can examine centuries-old equine-related artifacts unearthed in the area. The website is worth checking out – even if you are not planning on doing the tour! It includes descriptions, stories, photos, hours and directions for the key sites, online galleries of documents and articles, and an interactive map. In addition to the history piece, the website lists Southern Maryland Horse Discovery Centers. Discovery Centers are licensed stables which have applied for and been accepted into this unique MHIB marketing program. To qualify as a Discovery Center, licensed stables must welcome people of all ages and experience levels into their barns to learn about horses in...

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Equine Herpes: 3 Weeks Clear in Howard County

Maryland is now officially three weeks clear, as there have been no new cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) reported since April 19, when two horses stabled at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. The farm was placed on 30-day quarantine when the first case was confirmed on April 18. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm since that date. No other EHV-1 cases have been reported in Maryland. The farm is fully cooperating with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The farm’s attending veterinarian and animal health inspectors from the Department have been closely monitoring all horses on the farm and have found no new cases of the virus. The quarantined farm has taken additional measures to prevent the spread of EHV-1 by enacting strict biosecurity protocols, helping to ensure that no visitors or vendors carry the disease onto other farms. The quarantine is expected to be lifted on May 19, pending no additional EHV-1 cases on the farm. “We have reached out to veterinarians, horse owners and stables across the state since the case was confirmed last month. No other EHV-1 cases have been reported in Maryland,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh. “We have no reason to believe that the disease has spread beyond this specific farm. Horses are latent carriers of...

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Second Horse positive for Herpes

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, another horse, also located at Days End Horse Rescue Farm in Howard County, was diagnosed with the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). This second horse was tested as a result of a fever and EHV-1 diagnosis was confirmed by the Frederick Animal Health Laboratory. This second horse was euthanized for unrelated reasons. All horses that were exposed to the two positive horses are currently free of symptoms and are being monitored daily. All appear healthy. The farm will remain under quarantine to ensure the virus is contained. As of today, the Maryland Department of Agriculture believes the virus is contained to this farm and is not aware of any other EHV-1 cases in the state. The department’s Animal Health Program continues to monitor the situation closely. Owners should contact their private veterinarians to arrange for EHV testing if a horse exhibits significant temperature elevations or neurologic signs. Veterinarians are required to report equine neurologic syndrome to the Maryland Department of...

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Howard County Horse positive for Herpes; Jockey Club cancels Canter for the Cause

According to a release issued today by the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Program, a horse stabled in Howard County tested positive for the non-neuropathic form of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) and was euthanized by a private veterinarian. Diagnosis was confirmed on April 18 by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Frederick Animal Health Laboratory. The farm is presently under a 30-day investigational hold and strict biosecurity measures are in place while Department of Agriculture inspectors perform additional epidemiological and infectious disease testing. Stables near the one where the sick horse resided are being notified of the situation and owners are cautioned to monitor horses at their premises carefully. The farm, which is Days End Farm Horse Rescue, has proactively issued a release notifying the community with the following on its home page and distributed through social media channels: A horse with atypical neurological symptoms tested positive for EHV-1. As a result, [this] farm has been placed on a strict 30-day quarantine as recommended by the MD state veterinarian. Horses are being closely monitored. Volunteer and educational activities will be modified, if you have questions about upcoming activities click here to e-mail DEFHR. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Program is monitoring the situation closely. Owners should contact their private veterinarians to arrange for Equine Herpesvirus testing if a horse exhibits significant temperature elevations or neurologic signs. Veterinarians are required to report equine neurologic...

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Governor announces budget, restores funding for land preservation

What O’Malley did, Hogan moves to undo In 2013, via his Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act, Governor Martin O’Malley authorized the transfer into the General Fund of $82.7 million in FY 2017 and $86.0 million in FY 2018, taking the funds away from land preservation and recreation programs. Governor Larry Hogan intends to fix that and to restore the funds to these important land programs. The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget is Senate Blll 190, cross-filed as House Bill 150, and the Capital Budget is SB191/HB151.  The legislation will reduce the authorized transfer amounts in FY 2017 and...

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Happy New Year! $30,000 for horse industry projects!

What do the following organizations have in common? University of Maryland Equine Rescue Regional Network MidAtlantic Equitation Festival Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series Brave HEART Tri-County Dressage Kiddy Up with Horses Star Community, Inc. Maryland High School Rodeo Association Maryland Horse Council Trail Riders of Today (TROT) Maryland Historic Horse Trails Days End Farm Horse Rescue University of Maryland Extension – Worcester Co. Southern Anne Arundel County Junior Riding Club Maryland Council of Equestrian Therapy Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program Pasadena Horse & Pony Association Great & Small The Retreat at Beckleysville, Inc. Mason Dixon Deputies Maryland...

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