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August 2017

Update on the case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 in Culpeper VA

On August 15, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reported that its Animal Health Laboratory in Warrenton confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on two horses from Culpeper County. One horse is undergoing supportive therapy at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg and the other was euthanized.

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death and/or neurologic disease. The […]

2 Culpeper VA horses test positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

According to the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, on Aug. 11, a horse exhibiting neurologic signs was transported to the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg from Culpeper. The horse was immediately isolated from the hospital population and has not come into contact with any other patients.

On Aug. 12, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Animal Health Lab in Warrenton confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). The […]

July 2017

A Day at an Equine Hospital

Woodside Equine Clinic is a horse-only hospital located in Ashland, VA. The veterinarians are available for emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You probably haven’t thought about what happens at a horse hospital, but every day is something new and different.

At 1 am, a horse we will call “George” arrives at the clinic with colic. George did not eat his dinner and later started nipping at his sides. His owners walked […]

Virginia horse tests positive for West Nile Virus – first case since 2015 in VA

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)  announced on July 10, 2017 the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse in 2017. It is the first case since August 2015 in Virginia. The horse, a ten-year-old Saddlebred gelding, was from Wythe County and died as a result of the disease. Symptoms included loss of control of bodily movements and partial paralysis in the hind limbs, dazed appearance and […]

“For the Love of Equine” Art Show and Opening Reception July 8, 2017

Stop by Allure Art Center, White Stone, VA this coming Saturday, July 8, 2017… a group of ten Virginia equine artists are having an opening reception for our show entitled “For the Love of Equine”.  It’s a daytime event, 9am-4pm, and they will be sketching and painting outside, possibly from live Peruvian Paso horses, weather permitting.  Some artists will also be painting landscapes and doing “how to draw horses” demos.  So please come by if […]

A New Direction for Horse Talk

We are excited to announce that as of July, 2017 Horse Talk will be completely digital! In this new age of digital media, we plan to continue to keep Virginia’s horse lovers in touch with all the news and events. Our focus will stay the same – Virginia horses!

Please check our website often for new calendar of events, news, features, and horse health articles.

If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to our […]

June 2017

Washington International Horse Show announces all new footing for 2017 event

The Washington International Horse Show is pleased to announce the upgrade to all new footing for this year’s event at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., on October 24-29, 2017.

An organization that takes great pride in listening to the needs of its exhibitors, as well as continuously striving to improve and be the best, the management at WIHS looks forward to this enhancement.

“Our riders have been asking for new footing for years, but Verizon Center’s […]

Ashleigh Dove of Purcellville, VA wins the Randolph Scholarship during the 2017 Upperville Horse Show

UPPERVILLE, VA – Ashleigh Dove, a Purcellville, VA resident who discovered foxhunting while she was a Foxcroft School student and has been a regular participant with the Middleburg Hunt even while away at college, received the Theodora Ayer Randolph Sporting Scholarship “under the oaks” at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show on June 10, 2017.

The scholarship, which carries a $1,000 cash award, is given annually in memory of Randolph and the true sporting spirit she […]

Riders, Falls, and Concussions

Written by Mary Beth Jackson for our May/June 2017 Issue
There’s that moment after you come off your horse where you assess the damage to yourself. This time, I fell forward onto my knees, holding my head, still wearing my helmet. My nose dripped blood onto my breeches, and tears filled my eyes. My head hurt terribly, front and back. My helmet was cracked at the back.
My 15-year-old paint horse had bucked me, in the arena, […]

May 2017

Versatile 46+ Acres Farm in VA Hunt Country

Desiderate Farm in Rixeyville, VA is offered for sale.
This Versatile 46+ Acre farm in Virginia’s Hunt Country is close to 6 Hunt Clubs! Includes 7 paddockes + 7 Sheds with water and electric. 2 Barns, 2 Wash Stalls, Trails, Jump Field, Groom’s Cottage. Perfect B&B, Training, Breeding OR? Professional All The Way!

Home includes  5 bedrooms,  5 full baths, 2 half baths, Privacy + VIEWS!   $924,900
Contact Marilyn for an appointment! shack@LNF.com 540-220-1318 – 703-968-7000