Equine Health

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 […]

3rd Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a VA Horse for 2015

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a 19-week-old Racking filly, was from Chesapeake. Because of its young age, it had not been vaccinated yet. The horse was euthanized September 24 due to the severity of the illness.

All three cases of EEE this year have been in horses from Chesapeake. In mosquito-prone areas like this, […]

September 2015

5 Things to do to Keep your Veterinarian Happy

James Herriot, beloved British veterinarian of “All Creatures Great and Small” fame, had to deal with the difficult weather and even more difficult clients in his Yorkshire veterinary practice. Virginia vets don’t have to deal with Yorkshire winters (although this past winter came close), but some farm calls can seem as difficult as a midnight trudge across the Yorkshire moors.
In order to help prevent your veterinarian from experiencing too many of the trials and tribulations […]

August 2015

Enjoy the Ride Horse Fair – Aug. 29th at the Fauquier Fairgrounds

CFC Farm & Home Centers are celebrating the horse this summer with a brand new equine event, August 29, at the Fauquier Fairgrounds in Warrenton, VA
If you have attended any of the “Chili & Chocolate” series of educational seminars, you know that CFC is committed to presenting helpful information on equine nutrition, medical care, grooming and general welfare.  The Enjoy the Ride Horse Fair was created as a “hands-on” event, with local veterinarians presenting horse-care […]

Virginia’s 2nd case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) confirmed

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a three-year-old Tennessee Walker mare, was from Chesapeake and had only been purchased by the owner three weeks ago. Its vaccination history is unknown.

The horse exhibited signs August 13 and was euthanized August 14 due to the severity of the illness. VDACS received confirmation from the National Veterinary […]