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More good news! Locations in Galveston County that were under quarantine for EHV-1 have been released. Other areas of the country are still suffering from the spread of this very contagious disease. We will keep you updated. ~ HfH

From: TAHC Press Release

Tennessee Walker Sweetheart

Tennessee Walker Sweetheart when she first came to us. Click here to donate to her support

TAHC Releases All Quarantined Equine Herpes Virus Premises in Galveston County

AUSTIN – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in Galveston County (upper Gulf Coast).

The first case of EHV-1 in Galveston county was confirmed on January 24 in a horse. Following the first diagnosis, two additional horses were confirmed positive for EHV-1 in Galveston county.

The TAHC reminds equine owners to keep their horses healthy by practicing simple and good biosecurity measures. Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risk of introduction and transmission of an infectious disease agent, such as EHV-1.

By following these simple guidelines you can minimize the risk.

  • Consult your veterinarian to establish an appropriate vaccination program for your horse(s)
  • Tie your horse(s) to your trailer. If using a stall, clean and disinfect it, if possible, before stalling your horse. Always use clean, fresh bedding.
  • Minimize your horse(s) having direct contact with unknown horses, especially nose to nose contact.
  • Use your own water and feed buckets. Avoid letting your horse(s) drink from a communal water trough. Fill water buckets from a faucet.
  • Do not share grooming equipment or tack. If you must, then wash and disinfect it before returning to your own horse(s).
  • Avoid petting and touching other horses in order to minimize the risk of transferring a disease back to your horse. If you must handle other horses then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid letting strangers pet your horse especially if they have horses of their own.
  • Before returning home from an event clean up your equipment (boots, tack, grooming supplies, buckets, etc.) to help reduce the risk of transporting an infectious agent back home. Consider washing and disinfecting your trailer when you return home.
  • If possible, isolate your returning horses for 2 weeks or at least prevent nose to nose contact with your other horses.

Don’t forget to consult your veterinarian concerning these and other steps you can follow, which may reduce the risk of your horse acquiring an infectious disease while traveling.

The TAHC is one of the oldest state regulatory agencies, founded in 1893 with a mission to combat the fever ticks that plagued the Texas cattle industry. Today, the agency works to protect the health of all Texas livestock including: cattle, equine, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, exotic livestock and fowl.

3 Comments
  • Gail Wiot

    Hi and Good Afternoon:
    There are many groups around the country trying to save the slaughter bound horses, which I think is great. I have heard that the Killer Buyers that go all over the country do not have to follow the same regulations as the regular horse owner. I have tried numerous times to get in touch with someone at the USDA. They all must be on vacation because no one ever answwers. I complained to my US Rep about the way they do business there. I know if someone adopts them from a feedlot or auction most states require a minimum of a 30 day quarantine and negative coggins. If this is true they don’t have to follow the same regulations that’s ridiculous and unhealthy. If you could shed some light on this I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you,

    Gail Wiot

    April 6, 2015
    • Posted by Habitat for Horses

      Horses transported through most of the states, by law, require a negative Coggins within the past year. Additionally, some require a health certificate and a current brand inspection. While all these requirements are part of the law in different states, law enforcement seldom will stop a trailer full of horses. The only state that is truly enforcing the border inspection stations for livestock is Florida.

      A Killer-buyer (KBer) can gather stacks of Coggins paperwork which he will happily use should an officer happen to stop him/her.

      As to the Mexican/ Canadian inspection pens – an absolute laughing joke. There is no inspection of paperwork. The buyers from the Mexican slaughterhouses are more caring than the USDA inspectors, denying entry for horses with broken legs, blind, and too thin to stand. The KBers usually just dump the rejects out on the way home, thus raises the stats in the newspaper articles about “unwanted horses being abandoned.”

      The longer the people we voted for remain in DC, the longer the horror of horse slaughter will exist. Despite the ruling of the EU to stop the import of US horses, it continues going full blast. There is no honesty among those who make their blood soaked money off the bodies of dead horses.

      April 7, 2015
  • Posted by Habitat for Horses

    Only $166 more dollars to go until the Tennessee Walker Sweetheart meets her goal and gets a new name in the our Spring Fundraiser! Show your support – click here now.

    April 7, 2015