Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (nEHV-1) has been reported in horses in the United States, with confirmed cases in Alberta (1) and British Columbia (3). This is the neurological strain of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV 1). Outbreaks of nEHV-1 are contagious and have a high risk of mortality.
I was careful to check all of this out before confirming trailering for Cadence's show this Sunday. It's a scary business, and as with any virally (sp?) transmitted disease, horse shows are often the last place you want to be. It appears we're safe for now, though.
A/N: Cadence's last ride at home took place last night. She was a little rushy and not too interested in bending right. Not exactly what you want before heading off to your first dressage show, but what can you do? She was also a little heavier in the hand than she usually is. I was tempted to pop on draws, but resisted. Can't (and wouldn't) use draws in the show ring anyways, and the only thing they'd help with (while not hindering us in the long term) is the right resistance. Next ride is on the show grounds Sat. afternoon! My ride times are 8:25 and 9:00 Sunday AM.