Equine Health

July 2016

3rd case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia horse this year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced on Friday, July 22, 2016 the third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a mare from Chesapeake, contracted the disease one day and died the next. Vaccination history is unknown. All three horses have been from the Tidewater area.

“One of the reasons most veterinarians recommend a six-month vaccination schedule in Tidewater Virginia is because of the prevalence […]

June 2016

First case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse reported for 2016

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, from Suffolk, was a Saddlebred mare. She exhibited symptoms on June 22 and was euthanized June 23.

May 2016

Update on the Peaceable Farm Horses

On October 19th, 2015, over 80 horses were removed from a property operating as Peaceable Farm in a raid conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It was a situation no one would ever want to encounter...

The Importance of a Prepurchase Exam

So, you’ve decided to add a new horse to your herd? Congratulations! Owning a horse is a big investment in time, money and emotion.

April 2016

2nd Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHC-1) in Maryland

A horse that was at the same facility as a Howard County horse that was recently diagnosed with the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) has tested positive for the same strain. 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 […]

February 2016

Tick Borne Diseases & Emerging Infectious Diseases Educational Seminar

Rappahannock Equine Clinic invites you to a Client Education Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Topic: Tick Borne Diseases & Emerging Infectious Diseases

January 2016

2nd Annual VA Horse Festival coming on April 1-3, 2016

The second annual Virginia Horse Festival, April 1-3, offers a comprehensive look at the equine industry over three days of clinics, demonstrations, exhibits, shopping and more.
The event is held at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, the historic birthplace of famed racing legend Secretariat. The weekend includes the Colt Starting Challenge USA, during which eight trainers will gentle and ride a previously unridden horse. As they work with the horses Friday and Saturday, they […]

December 2015

Horse 911 – Help, my horse stepped on a nail

Written by Emily McNally, VMD,  Rappahannock Equine Clinic

Penetrating wounds of the foot due to screws or nails are surprisingly common, and treatment can seem straightforward. Unfortunately, it isn’t always as simple as pulling the nail out and cleaning the wound. If a sharp object penetrates the sole of the foot, it has the potential to damage sensitive and important structures inside the hoof. Injuries to synovial structures such as the navicular bursa or coffin joint, or […]

Join the VA Horse Council in 2016 to help your voice be heard on VA equine issues

The 2016 Virginia Horse Council Membership Drive started on November 1, 2016, with early discounts on all membership categories. The Virginia Horse Council (VHC), a not-for-profit organization, is formed by Virginia horsemen for Virginia horsemen (and women).  The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds and riding disciplines, equine organizations and clubs, and a multitude of equine-related businesses and interests.
2016 VHC member benefits include early alerts on important equine issues such as legislative and […]

October 2015

Does My Horse Need Fall Vaccines?

Most people know that their horses need vaccines to maintain health and wellness, but isn’t it enough to get them done once a year? Getting vaccines in the spring before the onset of mosquitoes and other vectors of disease makes sense, but why should you get a booster in the fall? These are all great questions! While rabies is a vaccination that is given on an annual basis, most of the other vaccinations we administer […]