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Potomac Horse Fever Detected in Maryland

The Maryland State Vet’s Office (Maryland Department of Agriculture) has announced that Potomac Horse Fever has been confirmed in two Maryland horses, one of which has died from the disease. The two horses confirmed were in Frederick County, and both horses had been vaccinated. The second horse is being treated by a private veterinarian and is expected to recover. MDA is urging horse owners – especially those with horses that graze near rivers, streams and creeks – to watch their horses closely for signs of the disease. Clinical signs include mild to severe fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, laminitis, and...

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New System Composts 1.5 tons of Manure in Two weeks

On June 14, an innovative manure composting system was unveiled at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, the first such project made possible by Maryland’s Animal Waste Technology Grant Fund. Although composting is not new, this contained vessel composting system, when installed, reduces environmental factors that impact the composting success. The state-of-the-art system can process 1.5 tons of horse manure in two weeks. According to Days End officials, the final compost product will be used for bedding, on-site landscaping needs and possible sale to a local nursery. “Preliminary information from the Environmental Finance Center at the University...

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Veterinarian Earns Touch of Class

Dr. Kathleen Anderson was presented with the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s May Touch of Class Award on May 28 during the Fair Hill Races in Elkton. Dr. Anderson is the current president of the American Association for Equine Practitioners. Pictured from left: Fair Hill International executive director Carla Geiersbach, Maryland Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources Mark Belton, Maryland Horse Industry Board executive director Jim Steele, award winner Dr. Kathleen Anderson, Fair Hill Natural Resources management Area manager Rachel Temby, MHIB member Beverly Raymond and Maryland Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Steve...

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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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