Equine Health

July 2015

First 2015 Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis reported in Virginia

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, a 12-year-old miniature mare, was from Chesapeake and had not been vaccinated for EEE.

EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The disease is also called “sleeping sickness.” Symptoms include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions […]

June 2015

“Too Hot to Ride?” Seminar

Hot weather have you worried about riding your horse and his/her health? The Nokesville Horse Society, Inc. will be hosting on July 8th a seminar with speaker Jennifer Supinger (a local equestrian that was an endurance racer for 10 years.) Topics will include electrolytes, sponging, feeding, signs of distress, and anything you may have questions about. She is a wealth of information and has lots of tips and tricks that could help keep your horse cool, keep comfortable, […]

Dealing With Flies

Dealing with flies is an unfortunate consequence to owning horses. They can drive our horses mad if we let them. There are 120,000 different species of flies around the world, but luckily only seven of them are troublesome to your horse. Different types of flies attack different parts of your horses body. Biting flies feed on animal blood which can be painful and cause allergic reactions. Non-biting flies do not feed on blood, instead feeding […]

Make Your Horse a No-Fly Zone

The long, cold winter is behind us. Spring is here, and suddenly your horse is plagued by flies, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks. What’s a caring horse owner to do? Here are five ways in which you can help your horse live in a no-fly zone this summer.

1. Manage the environment

There are several steps you can take to make your horse’s environment more inviting for him and less inviting for bugs.

Manage the manure. Make sure the […]

May 2015

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) confirmed in a Virginia horse

Friday, May 29, 2015 - All horses at the Prince William County equine riding school facility are being monitored. They remain afebrile and healthy.

It Makes Sense to Vaccinate Most Horses Now

State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now Regarding Vaccination Schedule.

April 2015

Potomac Horse Fever: What’s the Big Deal?

By: Dr. Emily McNally, VMD with Rappahannock Equine Clinic.
Published in the July/Aug 2014 issue

With the wet weather we had at the start of this summer, there was an increase in the number of Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) cases throughout the Virginia area. As a disease, PHF can be devastating to horses and their owners, many of which may not be aware of what it is or what to look for. PHF is caused by an […]

March 2015

Common Equine Eye Problems

The equine eye is not unlike the eyes of many other species. Because horses are prey animals, they have evolved to be constantly on the lookout for predators. Their eyes are very sensitive to movement.

What you should know about Equine Herpesvirus

In February of this year, there was a confirmed case of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Albemarle County, Virginia.

February 2015

Equine Health Symposium for Veterinary Professionals & Horse Enthusiasts

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting an Equine Health Symposium Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Saturday’s lectures for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary students will focus on trends in equine veterinary medicine, including the most current information available on orthopedics, neurology, diagnostic imaging, pain management and infectious disease.

There will be two tracks on Sunday — one focused again for the equine veterinary medicine professionals and one for the horse […]