Alberta Horse Industry

Ottawa, ON, November 7, 2012 -The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has just removed the import restrictions related to vesicular stomatitis for horses from Colorado following the lifting of all the vesicular stomatitis quarantines in that Sate at the beginning of October. New Mexico remains affected and corresponding import restrictions remain in effect.

Vesicular Stomatitis is a reportable disease as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), meaning that horse owners must immediately report the presence of any horse suspected of being affected by the disease. The disease causes blister-like lesions to be formed on the inside of the mouth, nose and hooves, alongside flu like symptoms and anorexia.

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By Amie Peck

You have waited your whole life for this – horse ownership.  Whether you are 14 or 64, it will be an exciting time thinking of everything you will accomplish together,apony whether that is winning competitions or spending time on your favourite trail.   However, even new owners that feel well-educated and ready for this purchase often find themselves wondering what supplies they really need to have. It is best to be prepared with a few essential items if you are planning on buying, or have already purchased, your first horse.

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altEven though most of our horses will eat whatever we put in front of them, all hay is not created equal and there are a number of things to consider when selecting it. Following are some general considerations for selecting hay.

All hay should be free of dust and mold. Horses can develop permanent lung damage after consuming moldy or dusty hay. This chronic condition, commonly referred to as heaves, affects the horse’s ability to breathe normally during exercise and, in severe cases, at rest. In addition, once a horse has been sensitized, it may react to clean feed and will require its hay to be soaked, or substituted with another type of forage. In some cases, mold can also cause digestive upset.

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May 3, 2012 - Two horses in the state of New Mexico, Otero County, were confirmed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) on April 20, 2012.  This is the first detection of active VS in the United States since 2010.
 The World Organization for Animal Health has posted a notification on its web site at: .http://bit.ly/JkkM5W

Canada is currently free of vesicular stomatitis. It was last diagnosed in Canada in 1949. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has notified Equine Canada it is taking the following immediate action to safeguard the Canadian herd: 

•    The importation of horses from the State of New Mexico will be prohibited (except for Canadian horses returning from New Mexico, please see below) until further notice.

•    For horses coming from the United States, from all other states, the following requirement, which will need to be certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), applies:
During the previous twenty-one (21) days, the animal(s) in this shipment has/have not been in the state of New Mexico.

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By Bruce Roy

Horses bred in Western Canadian made it three on the trot at the 2011 World Clydesdale Show. They lifted all three world championships, in a coup without precedent in the breed's colourful history, for more than 600 head of Clydesdale horses from Canada and the United States vied for these honours. Breed enthusiasts from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand joined those from across America and Canada ringside. The spectacular breed show, held at Madison, Wisconsin, October 20 - 23, attracted horses, horsemen and spectators in record number.

The Supreme Champion Clydesdale was Donegal Mr. Pepper, the Grand Champion Stallion. Shown by Bob & Laura Gookin of Boulevard, California, he was purchased a year ago from Gregg Gallagher of Canora, Saskatchewan, his breeder. A big, black horse, impressive in front, he made a powerful impression, for few horses, whatever their breed, can flash their steel shod bottoms as he can. A superb athlete, turned out in tremendous bloom, his sire was bred by Gallagher, as were the first three mares in his pedigree's distaff. He topped the massive breed entry to the ringing cheers of Clydesdale enthusiasts from around the world. 

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