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Watch this space for the latest News and Notices on horse happenings in Manitoba and Canada.
We want to encourage you to use our new "Submit Your Event" form so that YOU can add your club and local events to the MHC Events Calendar. Anyone can submit info on local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events - from minis to heavy horses - and more! Just fill the information about your event into the form and we'll get it added in to the MHC Events Calendar! Let's try to get the calendar reflecting a complete picture of how many equine related activities actually happen across Manitoba each year!
We also want as much input from your club and region across Manitoba as possible so please send news releases, award winners, show results etc to [email protected] as we will also be using this type of info as part of our local news pages in The Canadian Horse Journal and on our Facebook page and website. We are here to promote YOUR club!
2017 has been a challenging year for equine health in Manitoba with the current positive EIA cases as well as the EHV-1 case earlier this spring.
To reduce the risk of exposure to EIA proof of current negative Coggins tests will be required of all horses on the MHC Equestrian Center grounds for the remainder of 2017.
As well we will be evaluating changes to the insect control part of the bio-security protocol. As always we will continue to disinfect the barns between usage.
We encourage all members of our equine community to educate themselves about bio-security and herd health management.
As provided by Virden Animal Hospital - July 14 at 10:24pm
We have had new cases reported this week. We now have 5 premises in total in MB where EIA has been confirmed.
1) RM of St Clement
2) RM of Armstrong
3) RM of Hanover
4) RM of St Andrews
5) RM of Armstrong
All of the above premises have been placed under quarantine, and all positive horses were inapparent carriers showing no clinical signs. The 5th premise has just been confirmed by CFIA and 6 horses at this premises have tested positive to date.
It is unknown at this time how many horses may have been exposed to the confirmed inapparent carriers or exactly what the risk of infection may be to any horses exposed. These inapparent carriers have been shown to carry a much lower amount of EIA virus in their blood vs an acutely infected horse which makes them less likely to spread the disease to other horses through biting flies. With that said, there remains a small chance that EIA transmission could occur. The CFIA disease investigation is currently underway and any horses that may have been exposed to an infected horse will be notified.
The response to testing for EIA has been mostly positive. It is important to remember that these inapparent carriers are not likely to be new infections but rather have likely been infected for an extended period of time, possibly even years. If the increase in testing would not have taken place we may have had these carriers continue moving among the horse population with the potential to spread EIA.
We continue to recommend that horse owners evaluate the risks and make an informed decision on horse travel/attending events.
At this time the risk status remains low for horses travelling to events that require a negative EIA test to enter the grounds. If the event does not require a negative EIA test the risk status should be considered higher but may still be relatively low. We continue to recommend that horse owners only attend events which require a negative test.
The validity of the EIA testing has been questioned by many horse owners. It is important to consider that EIA has no effective treatments, there is no vaccine and infected horses are required to be euthanized in the majority of situations. If there are carriers of EIA among our horse population it benefits everyone to identify those carriers which will help prevent spread of the virus.
Testing is not the only tool we should use to monitor for EIA. The incubation period of EIA can range from 2 weeks to 2 months which means that a horse could be tested negative, immediately contract EIA virus and then become infective to other horses in as little as 2 weeks. This scenario can be largely prevented as most acutely infected horses will show clinical signs(fever, lethargy, loss of appetite). Therefore it is very important to monitor rectal temperature(normal range is 37.5-38.5C) on your horses when travelling or if you notice any clinical signs. Have your horses examined by a veterinarian if you have concerns about EIA infection or exposure. Do not travel with any horse that appears sick or has a fever.
There are also fly control measures which should be followed to limit exposure. For any additional information on EIA, please read previous posts or the article posted on this page.
The truth is that we don't know how or if this disease is going to spread throughout the rest of the season. The risk has been determined to be low. The only way to 100% prevent exposure is to keep your horses in an isolated herd and test them to ensure that you do not have any EIA positive horses in your herd. Please use this information to make a decision that you are comfortable with. We will continue to keep you informed with any new cases or information as we go forward.
Thanks, all the best
Dr. Joe King
Virden Animal Hospital
June 29, 2017
MHC has learned that several horses have tested positive for EIA in the St. Clements area and a single positive in the Armstrong municipality. This is in addition to the animal tested positive earlier this month in Rockwood which subsequently travelled to Saskatchewan.
The disease outbreak is under investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which imposes strict regulations on the premises and animals involved. They do not share the names of premises or people involved in their investigation.
EIA is a potentially fatal viral disease which can affect horses, donkeys and mules. There is no vaccine or cure available. Horses that do survive remain carriers and a source of infection to other horses their entire lives.
Transmission of EIA occurs mainly through blood transmission horse to horse either from biting insects, contaminated needles or in utero. Areas where there are large numbers of horse traffic (shows, rodeos, training facilities, public barns) are at greatest risk for exposure. Clinical signs vary from anorexia and weight loss, bleeding and swelling of the legs/chest, jaundice, abortions and/or colic, although some horses may not show any clinical signs at all. The majority of horses carrying the virus are asymptomatic and the virus often goes undiagnosed where it continues to spread throughout the equine population.
Due to lack of mandatory testing in the province the disease often goes undiagnosed and spreads most commonly at large horse events where proper fly control is impossible. All positive cases undergo strict quarantine. No movement of horses occurs and strict fly control is enforced while all horses in contact with the positive horse are tested. Equines confirmed to be infected are then either ordered destroyed by the CFIA or have to undergo lifelong quarantine. Lifelong quarantine is the less acceptable alternative as fly/bug control is never 100% effective and the horse can continue to pose a risk to neighboring horses. Prevention is the only cure.
Steps for prevention:
Involved equine veterinarians and The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association have met to work out protocols, and all vets are setting aside time for rush Coggins tests to be performed on animals deemed to be at risk. Vets are also in agreement that testing prior to showing is strongly advised and those shows which do not currently require testing may be contacting participants to advise that negative Coggins will be required for entry.
Thank you to Beausejour Animal Hospital, Elders Equine Clinic and Dr Gillian Dobson for their social network comments and advice to horse owners on this topic. Manitoba Horse Council will continue to share updates on Facebook and by email during this outbreak.
For more information about the disease, its symptoms and effect, some of the following links may help.
Horse and Stable Management is a non-credit course offered by the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba.
This series of lectures deals with the principles of horse production and management, including anatomy and physiology, genetics, selection and breeding, reproductive management, nutrition, stable and pasture management, health and welfare, and equine behaviour. This course will provide the tools and knowledge that will allow you to provide quality care for your equine partner.
Guest speakers and a farm tour are included.
The course runs 13 Mondays, starting September 11, 2017 (no class is held on Monday, October 9). Lectures are held 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in 219 Animal Science Building, University of Manitoba (12 Dafoe Road). Course cost is $300. Instructor is Dr. Emma McGeough, Assistant Professor.
For more information or to register, visit http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/animal_science/programs/horse_stable_management.html
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is partnering with Equine Guelph to provide our members short, easily-accessible training programs so you can stay up-to-date on the latest information on equine care and welfare. This partnership enables the MHC to offer continuing education and certification opportunities for our members – athletes, coaches, officials, recreational riders/drivers, facility owners and professional equine care-givers.
As an MHC member, you will receive a 10% discount on short courses offered on The Horse Portal.
Members will earn continuing education credits and certificates of completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s centre at the University of Guelph.
In addition, Equestrian Canada certified instructors/coaches may apply these certificates towards their professional development credits.
NEW this Fall …Horse Behaviour & Safety Short Course for Adults & Kids!
LEARN TO SPEAK HORSE
Understand horse behaviour and learn smart, practical on-farm management practices to keep you and your horse safe.This course is essential for both youth and adults who are handling and caring for horses.
This 3-week online course represents the first online training offering for our youth in Canada.
Youth (ages 14-17) & Adult Offerings: Oct. 2-22, 2017
See Full Course Descriptions here: https://thehorseportal.ca/courses/
We are here to help you with information on how to get started on your horse journey...
Further questions can be directed to the MHC office at (204) 925-5718 or [email protected]
According to Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act, horse riders and drivers of horse-drawn carriages have the same right to use the road and must follow the same rules, but it is found increasingly that motorists are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.
With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, motorists are more likely than ever to encounter a horse and rider or horse and cart on the roadway.
The Road Safety project includes a brochure for the motorist “Sharing the Road with Horses” and a Road Safety Handbook for riders.
A copy of the "Sharing the Road with Horses" brochure PDF can be downloaded here.
For bulk supplies please contact the MHC office 204-925-5718.
The Road Safety Handbook for Equestrians can be purchased from the office for $5 per copy including taxes and shipping, or download PDF here.
Equine Herpes Virus In Manitoba
We have received a number for request for information on the current state of an outbreak of EHV-1 neurological form in Manitoba. Although we are not directly dealing with the cases, we are providing support and information. Here is an update on the situation as it currently exists. The horses are quarantined on a farm where the initial cases have been identified in the Western part of the Province. The quarantine is good and is being held under the care of a veterinarian. We are assisting as needed given our experience with EHV1 and quarantine protocols from previous years. There are positive EHV-1 neurological form horses, however, the quarantine has isolated those horses and biosecurity protocols are in place. We will release some information on the condition and general biosecurity protocols that everyone can put in place shortly. The overview is: monitor your horses for fever (anything over 38.5C or 101.5 F) then isolate that horse and have a EHV-1 nasal test performed to rule in or out the presence of the virus in that horse, vaccinate all horses with a competent EHV vaccine - we recommend Prodigy, Pneumobort or Calvenza (all AAEP approved for vaccination in the face of outbreak), limit movement of horses between herds - this is a general biosecurity protocol - at this point there is nothing to suggest that horses traveling to and from fair grounds would be any more at risk and they normally would be, however, everyone needs to make a decision for themselves about the risks. Note this virus is present naturally in a large population of horses and the neurotropic (neurological) form is a aberrant presentation but can be carried by asymptomatic horses normally. Your horse's own immune system response can dictate whether they will be susceptible or not. Vaccination (although not fully protective from neurological form) can significantly reduce the risk of infection and severity of infection. This virus is susceptible to common cleaning agents - alcohol hand washes, detergents, bleach. Maintaining clean environments and not circulating common buckets, pail between horses will go a long way to help prevent the spread of disease in general and particularly with this virus. The virus is a respiratory spread virus, so near contact with the virus is usually necessary to cause infection, having said that there have been some reports of the virus being spread via people so those that are in contact with an infected horse are advised/recommended to maintain limited contact with healthy horses during the outbreak progression, have change of clothes and boots before exiting the infected areas, use of boot baths with bleach or peroxides and alcohol hand cleaning stations in the quarantine areas are excellent protocols to maintain.
More to follow as available. Visit our website for more detailed information on the disease, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, vaccination and biosecurity!
Experience. Professional. Care
We are resurrecting our EHV1 webpage on the website:
Those concerned can follow the protocols we lay out:
The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba has been advised that there is a reported case of “Neuro Form” EHV-1 at a farm in Manitoba. The farm has been placed under quarantine which is being monitored by a veterinarian. We are monitoring the situation and are in consultation with our show veterinarian, other veterinarians and Manitoba Horse Council regarding risk management, vaccinations and boosters. We advise consulting your own veterinarian for advice on risk and vaccinations. Provincial Exhibition has a solid biosecurity plan in place; this document will be included in your exhibitor packages and attached to this email. We are working with the Keystone Centre Staff to ensure that all bio security protocols are being followed, stalls have been disinfected and we have a schedule for regular cleaning and disinfecting all wash racks and water hoses. We are doing what we can to mitigate the risk and along with your good horse keeping practices, we are confident that this situation can be managed. Thank you for your patience and support while this situation unfolds. We will see you at the fair! If you have further questions or inquiries please direct them to Ron Kristjansson General Manager [email protected]
For all horse owners:
We are following an outbreak of Neurologic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (Neurologic EHV-1 or neurologic rhino) which continues to be well managed under quarantine at a single location in our area. Although we are not directly involved with the cases, we are committed to keeping all horse owners in the area informed on the risks involved and preventative measures which can be taken.
It should be mentioned that there have been multiple outbreaks of this disease in multiple parts of the country over the past 40 years. Neurologic EHV-1 is not a new disease but should be taken very seriously due to its potentially deadly and contagious nature.
The most effective protective measures are related to biosecurity: decrease the traffic of horses going to events in the immediate area, use caution with any horses coming onto your property until the quarantine has ended, use all of the usual biosecurity measures to protect your horses such as cleaning and disinfecting tack and water buckets before use, do not share equipment. Wash your hands frequently and avoid handling other horses intermittently with your own. Change clothes and boots when going from any other horses to your own herd.
Re-vaccination of previously immunized but non-exposed horses is thought to provide the most benefit in an outbreak situation. Although the vaccines have shown poor efficacy against Neurologic EHV-1 they are still considered beneficial in providing some cross-protection against this disease. We currently recommend Prodigy at the Virden Animal Hospital. DO NOT rely on vaccination alone for protection of your horses. Remember to consider the recommended biosecurity measures.
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions. We want to ensure our clients that there have been no cases of this disease at our clinic and we will continue to ensure that our facility remains disease-free as we serve our clients this spring. We will also continue to follow this situation with updates to keep our clients informed of any changes that may occur. Thank You
EHV 1 - neurological form
As I'm sure most of you are well aware via social media there has been a confirmed case of EHV 1 the neurological form in the virden area.
The farm has been quarantined and proper biosecurity measures are in place.
It is imperative at this to take proper precautions in order to keep everyone safe.
At this time if your horse has not been vaccinated with calvenza, prodigy, or pneumobort within the last 2 months it is highly suggested you do so.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us!
EDCC works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.
Good teaching is the core strength of our sport. Everyone, from Recreation Enthusiasts to High Performance Athletes, can and do benefit from excellent coaches.
Danae was nominated for this award, and recognition, by members who are connected with two different Manitoba Horse Council clubs. Her nominations were filled with positive comments about her commitment to the sport, her dedication to helping others be the "best they can be" and her personal skill level!
Danae has been a powerful influence on many levels. She sits on the Manitoba Horse Trials board, the Manitoba Horse Council board and she works tirelessly to assist Equestrian Canada in the development and implementation of high coaching standards for the sport.
Her coaching ability shows clearly in her results. Danae consistently has students who achieve High Point Awards in their area of choice when it comes to awards evenings. A number of Danae's Eventing students actively compete in the USA to further their showing experience and to move up the levels. Her nominators say that "Danae is excellent at setting you up for success and has many tools in her coaching tool box to get you to where you want to be in your competitive riding!" High praise indeed - no surprise that Danae would be the choice for Coach of the Year.
All of the members of Manitoba Horse Council congratulate Danae and wish her continued success in her coaching career.
Kelly and Bonnie Campbell hosted their first show in 2014. Since then they have successfully been running shows mainly in the Brandon area - but we were so pleased when they also ran one at the Manitoba Equestrian Centre in Birds Hill Park. Their shows are highly professional and well organized - keeping in mind the objective of running a properly qualified show that is fun for the participants. The service they are providing means that there are more opportunities for equine enthusiasts to test their skills in the arena. We have been told by many that the special attention they pay to beginning riders is having a very positive impact on the sport. In addition to all of the good work they do they have also used part of their registration fees as a contribution to Breast Cancer Research. We are excited and honored to be awarding this award to Bonnie and Kelly Campbell - CAMPBELL SHOWS!
Nicole is a young athlete who is involved in the Arabian show world. She has been involved in show hack, hunter and english competitions. She has competed in Moosejaw, Saskatoon and in Brandon at the Canadian Nationals. She has placed well in all events at the regionals achieving top 6, reserve Champion or Champion status. At the Canadian nationals she was in the top 10.
Nicole's experience in riding has not always been easy. When she was six she had a bad experience with a pony and was afraid to get on any horse or pony. It was a couple of years later that a friend encouraged her to try again - and since then there has been no stopping her.
What really encouraged her nominators to put her name forward was the strength of character she has shown in the competition ring. She has demonstrated that she can learn from her experiences and use that knowledge to go on to higher levels of achievement. All of the members of Manitoba Horse Council wish you continued success as you grow and learn in the sport of equestrian. CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE!
Deb Shepherd has shown an incredible enthusiasm and dedication towards providing opportunities for young people to become involved with horses. She is the District Commissioner for the North Hill Pony club, the Regional chair for Manitoba Pony club and the Regional representative for Canadian Pony club. If that is not enough, she has organized and run a week long pony club camp each year in July. And this year she was a key person behind the Pony Club Nationals which were held right here in Manitoba. She also organized the wildly successful North Hill Pony Club derby series. Deb is the epitome of volunteerism. She is hard working, dedicated, energetic, encouraging, enthusiastic - and a tremendous voice for the sport of equestrianism in our province.
CONGRATULATIONS DEBORAH on being awarded 2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - from all of the members of Manitoba Horse Council. We truly appreciate the work you are doing, and have done. Thanks also to your husband and daughters who have supported you in this important work.
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Executive Director, John Savard
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