JOIN FREE OR RIDE FREE BEFORE OCTOBER 31!

By Administrator on October 23rd, 2014
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FREE RIDE*
When you join ACTHA before October 31, 2014 your first ride ($58.00 Value) is free!
Join Before Halloween
Ride Free OR Join Free.
YOUR CHOICE!

FREE RIDE*
When you join ACTHA before October 31, 2014 your first ride ($58.00 Value) is free!
Join today…
OR
FREE MEMBERSHIP**
Sign up for a ride and get a free membership!
Sign up for a ride today…
JOIN WITH A FRIEND
When you and a friend join at the same time, both your next rides* OR MEMBERSHIPS** are free.
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BEEN AWHILE? …you have the same options!
If you were a member but are not now, renew with a FREE RIDE or FREE MEMBERSHIP!
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See Lapsed Member Conditions Below***
*FREE RIDE CONDITIONS
Existing members (annual membership holders) and new members responding to this promotion to ride in any upcoming ride free is valid for all rides where space is available (limit 4 free riders per ride). Should the quota for free ride entries be filled for the ride you selected, and you elect to ride anyhow by paying the entry fee for the division you wish to ride in, a credit for a free ride will be placed in your account and can be used on any subsequent ride of your choosing on a full member priority basis (not subject to free ride quotas…you ride free guaranteed as long as you sign up in time and the ride maximum for total number of riders has not been exceeded by the time you register).

Trial membership status is not eligible for this promotion.

**FREE MEMBERSHIP CONDITIONS
Elect to get a free membership right now by booking a ride right now or selecting to pay for a future ride by depositing a ride credit in your account of $58. Free membership (minimum value $35 / family and group pricing also available).

***LAPSED MEMBER CONDITIONS
If you were a member but your membership lapsed and was not renewed prior to 6/1/14 this option is for you. Come back, things are really getting exciting. See www.actha.us/whatsnew. You’ll see exactly what we mean.
*ACTHA memberships start at $10 for a trial 30 day member. Everyone is invited to ride with ACTHA. You need not be a member to ride in any ACTHA event (providing space is available). However to participate in ACTHA partners discounts and prizes you must be a full annual member ($35 for an individual. Special pricing for families). 20% of ACTHA’s share of EVERY member’s entry fee at EVERY event goes to a charity selected by the individual ride host. That’s how you help. Literally hundreds of thousands have been donated by this humble grass roots method to charities big and small, local and far away. ACTHA’s Mission since inception… To create an enjoyable venue showcasing the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse and granting them the recognition they so richly deserve. To create a registry open to all breeds and a point designation system which will stay with each horse for its lifetime, thereby adding to their value and distinction. To create and enable humane treatment and employment options for horses in need.
To see a listing of host selected ACTHA charities go to www.actha.us/charities. They’re quite proud of everyone helping.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC RULEMAKING HEARING – COLORADO

By Administrator on September 29th, 2014
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From the Colorado Horse Council:
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RULEMAKING HEARING
FOR AMENDMENTS TO
Rules Pertaining to “Livestock Disease Control”
8 CCR 1201-19, Parts 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 16

Notice is hereby given pursuant to § 24-4-103 C.R.S. that the Department of Agriculture will hold a public rulemaking hearing:

DATE: Thursday, October 23, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Big Thompson Conference Room
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, Colorado 80021
The purpose of this rulemaking is to provide revisions that will make the rules easier to read and understand; and update rules to reflect changes in disease detection, surveillance, testing, and monitoring. A “Definitions” section was created to remove duplicative definitions from throughout the rule; this section will apply to the entire rule except where a more specific definition remains or is set forth within a specific Part. These revisions incorporate changes as a result of the Department’s Regulatory Efficiency Review Process conducted in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order D 2012-002.

These changes reflect the efforts of the reviewers to achieve the dual goal of protecting Colorado’s livestock industry from disease while providing an environment where that industry may thrive.

The statutory authority for these rules is §§ 35-50-105(3)(a) through (d), (f), (h), (j), (n), (p), and (q), C.R.S.
Any interested party may file written comment with the Commissioner’s office prior to the hearing, orpresent at the aforementioned hearing written data, views or arguments. A copy of the proposed rule isavailable on the Department of Agriculture’s website at www.colorado.gov/ag or may be obtained bycalling 303-869-9002. The proposed rule shall be available for public inspection at the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, Colorado during regular business
hours.

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VETERAN’S DAY MESSAGE from ACTHA

By Administrator on September 18th, 2014
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From the American Competitive Trail Horse Association:
November 11th is always reserved as Veterans day in observance of the signing of the armistice ending World War One in 1918.

“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.”
Imagine 111 ACTHA events on Veteran’s day weekend. At every one of them, from coast to coast at 11AM exactly
… we all simply stop on the trail or wherever we are,
and take a minute to honor the living and the dead who made this ride possible.
Imagine the feeling you and all your riders and volunteers will get when we transform from helpless to powerful heroes in our own small way.
Give of yourself on Saturday November 8th, 2014 and then to yourself on Sunday.
A good event can bring in thousands of dollars. Rider entries will be high. Everyone wants to help.
YOU JUST NEED TO SHOW THEM A WAY.
SIMPLY call Robin at 434-989-1437 and you can speak directly with your ACTHA coach.
Do it for them. Do it for you… Do it now. CALL!
Thank you!
ACTHA WILL DONATE THE FUNDS TO ANY VETERAN OR VETERAN’S CAUSE YOU DESIGNATE.
HORSES 4 HEROES IS AN AWFULLY GOOD ONE!

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Veteran’s Day Observance Suggested by ACTHA

By Administrator on August 26th, 2014
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From ACTHA:
We all have one or most likely many more, in our hearts right now and or in our memory. Wouldn’t you like to have a direct impact that shows we are grateful ?
Consider hosting an event on Veteran’s Day in their honor.
November 11th is always reserved as Veterans day in observance of the signing of the armistice ending World War One in 1918.

“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.”

Imagine 111 events on Veteran’s day weekend. At each, yours and every other, from coast to coast at 11AM exactly … we all simply stop on the trail or wherever we are and take a minute to honor the living and the dead who made this ride possible.
Imagine us trail riders contributing thousands to various veteran causes of your choosing. Whether it be Horses 4 Heroes that provides horse experiences for the current soldier’s family while he or she is serving or to another veteran cause near and dear to you.
Perhaps a local veteran in need and his family?
There are so many out there who need the love and help we can give them.
Perhaps one of these wonderful VA non profit centers?
Give of yourself on Saturday November 8th, 2014 and then to yourself on Sunday with another event for you and or your group.
A good event can bring in thousands of dollars. Rider entries will be high. Not only because everyone wants to help but also because ACTHA’s now serves more riders in YOUR area than ever. In just the last year our outreach to the trail rider has tripled.

For those coming home let them find peace and for those already home let them find the warmth of a horse.
Join us. Go to www.actha.us/hostaride and be among the the proud, the brave and the caring. Be among the first 111 to give of yourself this day.

If you wish to speak to your COACH at ACTHA that will guide you through this special event they are here to answer any questions you may have. Some are veterans themselves!
Otherwise JUMP IN! Go to www.actha.us/hostaride right now. THERE IS NO COST FOR YOU TO SIGN UP AS A HOST. As in all ACTHA events ACTHA takes care of all the up front costs like insurance and coaching. So do it right now. Together we can send a powerful message to out veteran’s. That simple but profound message being…
THANK YOU.

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MEMBERSHIP SALE: ACTHA

By Administrator on August 15th, 2014
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From the American Competitive Trail Horse Association:

All Breeds, All Disciplines, All Skill Levels
Anyone who loves their horse and loves to trail ride is welcome. New to horses and want to learn? Veteran rider? ACTHA welcomes everyone with open arms!
Enjoy a 12 month ACTHA membership and two rides in the Scout division at a discounted price of $90
(a $105 value and saves you $10 each ride!) JOIN NOW!
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Sign up for an annual membership and receive an additional 6 months free!
* ALREADY A MEMBER? Refer a NEW paying annual member (they MUST enter your membership number when registering) and you’ll get $5.00 on your account immediately!
“Serious Fun, Casual Competition!”
If you’ve been waiting to join, now’s the time… The fall event calendar is filling up with rides across the country. Ride and win prizes, cash, and a trip to Australia.
There’s a membership just for you beginning at $35.
Your membership comes with discounts from our sponsors, reduced ride participation fees, and earn points towards great prizes just for riding! If you can trail ride, you can do this!

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EQUINE HEALTH ALERT: VESICULAR STOMATITIS

By Administrator on August 12th, 2014
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From the Colorado Horse Council:
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 69 locations under quarantine after horses and one cow tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.

“Most confirmed cases are in horses but the risk to cattle is significant as well,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “A cow that’s part of a herd of three head in Weld County tested positive for VS; cattle owners need to remain vigilant in their insect control efforts.”

County totals are:
Adams County – 3 horses on 2 premises
Boulder County – 26 horses on 15 premises
Douglas County – 2 horses on 1 premises
El Paso County – 1 horse on 1 premises
Larimer County – 9 horses on 4 premises
Weld County – 25 horses and 1 cow on 19 premises

For a map of Colorado counties with confirmed cases, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/downloads/animal_diseases/vsv/CumulativeOverview_EXTERNAL_8×11_port_VSV2014_073014.pdf.

“Over the past two weeks, our office has been receiving approximately ten reports daily of animals demonstrating clinical signs that are consistent with VS. Veterinarians have been very observant and diligent to report horses and other livestock that are suspicious of being infected,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Livestock, including horse and cattle owners, should be aware that insect control is an important tool in the prevention of VS. Most of the cases we have investigated involve horses that have had no history of movement; therefore, controlling black flies and midges are very important in the prevention of the spread of disease.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission:
VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

“The State Veterinarian’s Office is not recommending that livestock shows be cancelled. Instead, it is more important to consider certificates of veterinary inspection prior to or on site observations at entry into events and then insect control measures during before during and after events occur,” said Roehr. “If event organizers have questions, they can contact our office.”

Tips for Event Organizers and Livestock Owners:
• Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
• Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
• Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available atwww.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Import Requirements.”
• Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
• During an event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animals ears), and closely observing animals for signs of VS.
• If moving livestock internationally please contact the USDA APHIS VS Colorado office at 303-231-5385 to determine if there are any movement restrictions or testing requirements for VSV.

Important Points for Veterinarians:
• Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
• Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or federal foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD).
• When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions, and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions

For additional information, contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.

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Call 772-220-8822 OR 970-250-1979 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!
Looking for the perfect equestrian property, or a home to purchase or sell in Florida? Contact Geri and Spencer Gellert, the GSG Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty, at 772-233-8352 or go to www.yourfloridahomesource.com for first-class service with a smile!

NEED A RIDE?

By Administrator on August 5th, 2014
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FROM AMERICAN COMPETITIVE TRAIL HORSE ASSOCIATION:

We have lots of rides, and our motto “Casual Competition, Serious Fun” has never been truer. And, as charity and rescues receive 20% of ACTHA’s gross member rider’s entry fees, everybody wins. Can’t find a ride near you? Call 877-99-ACTHA, or email iwantaride@actha.us, and tell us where you are. Leave or send us your name, zip code, and phone number, and we’ll get right on it!

August 9
Springboro, OH
Hampton, GA
Hampton, GA

August 10
Hampton, GA

August 15
Talking Rock, GA
Camdenton, MO

August 16
Glade Park, CO
Cedarburg, WI
Camdenton, MO
Jamestown, TN
Talking Rock, GA
Martinsville, IN

August 17
Jamestown, TN
Glade Park, CO
Martinsville, IN

August 23
Lac St. Anne Cty, AB
Bethel, OH
Pine Mountain, GA
Black, MO

August 24
Pine Mountain, GA
Bethel, OH
Black, MO

August 30
Westfield, NC
Lake City, FL
McDonald, TN
Westfield, NC
Laurel, MT

August 31
Westfield, NC
Lake City, FL

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Call 772-220-8822 OR 970-250-1979 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!
Looking for the perfect equestrian property, or a home to purchase or sell in Florida? Contact Geri and Spencer Gellert, the GSG Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty, at 772-233-8352 or go to www.yourfloridahomesource.com for first-class service with a smile!

EQUINE HEALTH ALERT UPDATE

By Administrator on July 28th, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

State Veterinarian’s Office – July 2014
Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) update: Seven Colorado Quarantines
Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions and Events

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed seven locations under quarantine after horses tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Weld and Boulder counties; results on additional tests in other counties are pending.

Colorado is the second state in the country to have confirmed cases of VS. Previous positive cases of Vesicular Stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in the southern area of Texas near the Mexico border and more recently in Bastrop and Travis counties just south of Austin, TX.

“Vesicular Stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said state veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may haveVS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact state or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no UDSA approved vaccines for VS.
While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs And Transmission:

VS-susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include: vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of Vesicular Stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission and livestock movement.

Tips For Livestock Owners:
• Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
• Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
• Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available at www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Import Requirements.”
• Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of veterinary inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
• During an event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animals ears) and closely observing animals for signs of VS.
• If moving livestock internationally, please contact the USDA APHIS VS Colorado Office at 303-231-5385 to determine if there are any movement restrictions or testing requirements for VSV.
Important Points For Veterinarians:
• Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
• Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or Federal Foreign Animal Disease diagnostician (FADD).
• When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions.
For Additional Information:
Contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.

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Call 772-220-8822 OR 970-250-1979 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!
Looking for the perfect equestrian property to purchase or sell in Florida? Contact Geri and Spencer, the GSG Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty, at 772-233-8352 or go to www.yourfloridahomesource.com for first-class service with a smile!

Equine Ear Facts

By Administrator on July 22nd, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

From The American Competitive Trail Horse Association Newsletter:
• Horses hear sounds between 55 Hz and 33.5 kHz. A human cannot hear sounds higher than 20 kHz. 796917

• Usually, a horse can only find the general direction of a noise, not the exact origin. The unknown source can result in a spook.

• Horses filter out much of what they hear, such as sounds they previously have determined were safe.

• Horses can have hearing loss due to age, antibiotics, infection, ear mites, or a genetic disorder.

• Ear mites can be the cause of head rubbing, head shaking, and irritability.

• A horse has sixteen muscles in each ear, allowing her to swivel her ears roughly 180 degrees.

• You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.

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HEALTH ALERT from Colorado Horse Council

By Administrator on July 18th, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) – Positive Diagnosis
in Horses in Weld County
Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events
State Veterinarian’s Office, (303) 869-9130
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -Colorado has become the second state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses on two Weld County premises tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.

On July 17th, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported a positive test on samples submitted from four horses in Weld County. The initial Colorado disease investigation was performed by one of the field veterinarians from the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in the southern area of Texas near the Mexico border and more recently in Bastrop and Travis Counties just south of Austin, TX.

“Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission:
VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

Tips for Livestock Owners:
• Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
• Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
• Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available at www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Import Requirements.”
• Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
• During an event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animals ears), and closely observing animals for signs of VS.
• If moving livestock internationally please contact the USDA APHIS VS Colorado office at 303-231-5385 to determine if there are any movement restrictions or testing requirements for VSV.

Important Points for Veterinarians:
• Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
• Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or federal foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD).
• When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions, and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions.

And for outstanding equestrian products, such as Bob Marshall Treeless Sports Saddles, Skito Equalizer Pads, Dixie Midnight No-Sweat Vent Pads, and more, check out www.savvysportsaddle.com and see why so many people purchase their riding gear here!
Call 772-220-8822 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!