Hi everyone! Hope your spring is going great! We’re getting geared up to start summer rodeos and it seems like EHV-1 has been at the forefront of a lot of rodeo discussions! Here’s a few things you should know about EHV-1:
1.) It spreads through direct AND indirect contact. Horses spread it by contact (rubbing noses). Indirectly it can be spread by sharing water sources, bits, tack, trailer mangers…
2.) know the symptoms. These show up 1-2 days after your horse has been exposed. Fever, depression, off feed, coughing and/or nasal discharge are all symptoms. The neurological symptoms usually show up 8-12 days after exposure and may include loss of coordination, weak in hind end…
3.) if you see any symptoms or if you think your horse has been exposed to EHV-1 isolate your horse and call your vet ASAP. Clean and disinfect your barn, buckets, tack and brushes, to limit exposure to other horses. Hand sanitize after you have contact with the horse before you touch other horses. EHV-1 causes no risk to humans.
4.)prevention. Call your vet and visit with him/her about your options. There are some things you can do to keep your horses healthy and at lower risk. Stay home if you’re worried. Use your own buckets and hoses. Don’t share tack. Require others to show recent health certificates if you are putting on an event. Revaccinate- ask your vet for the vaccine with the most recent strain. Use fans in barns and trailers to keep air moving through stagnant areas. Cleans stalls, buckets and trailer mangers with a bleach mix. Keep stress levels low. See if your vet suggests an immune system booster.
Good luck, see you down the road!
Reviewed by Mandy Holland, DVM