Thursday, May 19, 2011

This and That

A couple of days ago I went and picked up Bambi from being bred. She looks as fabulous as ever!

All the horses were thrilled to have Bambi home.

Go Paula, Go!

This right here is my very favorite picture, maybe this whole year:

Paula and Betty trotting along in sync.

Finally everyone calmed down and began grazing.

I'm not sure what was going on here, but Sophie was really putting on her sorrowful act.

She sure knows how to use those brown eyes, doesn't she?

Today we had a storm come through with very little rain, but very high winds. It took down this large branch, but I was glad it didn't hit the house.

The horses stayed out grazing. Bambi doesn't miss a single opportunity to eat (obviously).

And Paula doesn't miss a single opportunity to get as filthy as possible.

As a quick last note, I wanted to post some links on here about the EHV-1 outbreak. I boostered all of the horses yesterday. Although there is no vaccine for EHV-1, according to my vet (and multiple sources below), any way that we can boost the immunity in our horses during an outbreak, even if it is a different strain, is a good thing. As an extra precaution I have taken Betty (who was for sale) off the market for the time being--no horses will be leaving or coming into the farm (except for vet appointments as long as that is still deemed safe) until the outbreak is over.

EHV-1 Outbreak: Inside Report From an Affected Barn
Legal considerations regarding EHV-1

Top 5 Things you Need to Know About EHV-1

Myths Debunked Re: EHV-1

EHV-1 Disinfection

How EHV-1 is Spread

EHV-1: What You Need to Know Right Now

Of course new information comes out every few hours, so the best thing to do is check in with your veterinarian and also your state veterinary site for the most current news. The easiest way to stop the spread is just to stay home. Keeping your horses at home for the next few weeks isn't going to kill you, but not doing so could kill your horse, or at least your pocketbook. It's simply not worth the risk.



smazourek said...

I've got my fingers crossed that your farm will be graced by a new set of tiny little hooves next spring!

Annette said...

We've instituted a "no horses in and no horses out" self imposed quarantine on our barn. Like you said, the stakes are too high to roll the dice with this -

Nicole said...

yeah that spread is scary!