Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: EHV-1 updates, some cancellations, upcoming clinics, good time to geld
April 18, 2014
The grass is sure trying to green up over here on Dry Creek. We've started calving and it looks like spring has sprung. I haven't talked to anyone that isn't pretty relieved to see some grass starting. The six weeks of mud after the October blizzard and all the mud this spring has sure tromped a lot of old grass into the ground. We had a pretty good cover of last year's grass on our winter pasture, but it's sure gone now.
The outbreak of EHV-1 in the U.S. has crept into North Dakota. Burleigh County, which is the home of Bismarck, is the latest with sick horses. Three cases have been confirmed. With cases in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado and now North Dakota, it is highly recommended that you be very cautious when hauling to events, transporting horses and with anyone who comes on to your premises that may have come in contact with EHV-1 positive horses. Some of the confirmed cases are at facilities that have had no horses movement, in or out, so the infection had to have arrived on someone who was visiting. It's highly contagious and can be carried on equipment, such as halters, brushes, buckets, etc…, human hands and clothes, footwear, and suchlike. It's most common infectious contact is from horse to horse and can be carried on the air through sneezes and coughs. If you become part of an outbreak, be sure and contact anyone who may have been contaminated without knowing it, as that could help curb the spread.
One sure early sign of EHV-1 in a horse is an elevated temperature. If you're having any health papers and testing done, have them record the horse's temperature too. Might be helpful in an outbreak situation. Early detection is important for treatment.
In view of the EHV-1 concerns, some events are being cancelled or postponed. The 8th Annual Triple Turn Classic has been postponed until October 3-5 as a precaution.
The Lisa Lockhart Clinics at Bowman, ND have been postponed until May 6 & 7 and 8 & 9. All the riding slots at this clinic are filled but you can still audit for $50/day. I don't know if the postponement of this clinic has anything to do with the EHV-1 situation.
There will be a horse buying station southwest of Torrington, WY on April 29. To get there, go southwest of Torrington on Hwy 154 to mile marker eight and turn south. Follow the signs. They will pay on the spot. Horses must have paperwork in order, brand inspector will be on site, and any out-of-state horses must have a current Coggins and health. For further information, call Chance Isbell at 307-575-1394.
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There will be a goat tying clinic at Golliher's Arena, Belle Fourche, SD on May 10-11. It will be taught by Jordan Ann Thurston Miller, 2010 CNFR goat tying champion, 2011 CNFR reserve champion, and 2013 CNFR champion. It's $250 with a $100 deposit due by April 28. Limited to 12 students. Call Jordan Ann at 307-340-0029.
A breakaway and calf roping clinic will be at the Perkins County Fairgrounds, Bison, SD on May 22-23, 9 a.m. Instructors will be Doug and Trey Young. Breakaway is $200 and calf roping is $250. Call Lonnie at 605-490-6226 for more information.
The Ram National Circuit Finals was held in Guthrie, OK on April 10-12. In the finals round, barebacks had a three way tie for first which included Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D., The steer wrestling had Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont., third and he won the semi finals round. Saddle broncs had Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, S.D., third, plus he also won the semi finals round. The tie down roping was won by Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., but he has kinfolk all over South Dakota and a proud Grandma in Belle Fourche.
At Logandale, Nev., the barebacks had Kelly Wardell, Moorcroft, Wyo., (he may not still live there) winning fourth. The saddle broncs had Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa splitting the win.
This is a good time to get those stud colts gelded. Believe me, many of them are mature enough to breed a mare as a yearling, so it's time to get it done. Also a handy time to brand them and have their wolf teeth taken care of while you have them on the ground.
That's my circle for this week. I hope you have a blessed Easter and that you know the meaning of the day. It's not about bunnies and eggs. He is risen!