FEI Updates On Prohibited Substances

The FEI Veterinary Department would like to update you with some notes on Prohibited Substances. The FEI has recently seen a substantial increase in the number of positive cases of medroxyprogesterone acetate and triamcinolone acetonide. We would like veterinarians to take the following information into consideration when treating horses and advising clients.   1.    Medroxyprogesterone […]

Dr. LaPlume’s Fall Newsletter

  Pasture management: Now is the time to have your soil tested and possibly apply the appropriate products, such as lime. Fall preventative Health Care: It’s time for Fall Vaccinations and Dentistry Body condition/weight gain: If your horse is on the thin side, please call to discuss. Do not wait until winter to try to […]

Considering Vaccinating Your Horse Yourself?

WHOA! Consider these issues before you do your own vaccinations! The benefits of having a veterinarian perform your horse’s vaccinations are numerous! Here are just a few: 1. Creates a Valid Veterinary-client-patient-relationship. This means you have an agreement with your veterinarian who knows you and your horse, allowing them to treat, advise and dispense medications […]

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Explaining The New USEF Vaccination Rule

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has instituted a new rule that requires veterinary certification of vaccination against Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) and Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) within 6 months of a horse entering the grounds of a Federation licensed competition. The rule change was made in response to inconsistent requirements on the part of show […]

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Horse Show Drug Rules For Dummies

Whenever a horse is competing in a horse show or event, it is the owner, rider, and trainer’s responsibility to know and follow the rules or else risk fines or elimination.  Most horse shows are governed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  The USEF publishes a rulebook with guidelines for the use of therapeutic […]

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Equine Medication Prices: Why Can’t I Get Something Cheaper?

Probably every horse owner has had the experience of feeling sticker shock when the cost of treating a horse’s malady is revealed by the veterinarian. The cost of pharmaceuticals is high because of development and production expenditures, and horses are really big patients (generally 10 times the size of the average adult human). But often, […]

Biosecurity Measures At Show Venues

HORSE SHOWS provide a place for us to show off our equine friends. But they also provide commingling of horses of unknown health statuses and close contact for spread of disease between horses. Some show facilities are taking a more proactive approach to keeping horses healthy at the events. The show and facility managers are […]

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Important: Check Venue Destination Requirements Before Shipping

The importance of verifying specific destination venue requirements before shipping your horse cannot be overstated.  Venues may change requirements (for equine health certificates, Coggins tests, even specific vaccinations) at any time, according to current equine health risks.  Don’t rely on prize list information; it’s a better idea to call before you leave home to be sure […]

Is Your Coggins Current?

The flowers are popping out (between the snow squalls) meaning Springtime and horse showing season in Virginia.  Are your horses’ Coggins test and Health Certificates current?  New options for both are now available to make your life easier. Digital Coggins tests mean no more scrambling to locate needed paperwork at 6:00 am the morning of […]

EHV-1 Outbreak In Florida-New Traveling Requirements

NOTICE TO VIRGINIA’S HORSE OWNERS AND ACCREDITED VETERINARIANS REGARDING NEUROLOGICAL EQUINE HERPES VIRUS -1 IN FLORIDA March 1, 2013 A horse participating in a horse show in Ocala, Florida, exhibited neurologic signs and tested positive for the Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), wild-type strain, on February 20, 2013. Currently, the horse is in stable condition and continues […]

Does Your Horse Need To Be Microchipped?

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic Can Now Microchip your Horse A microchip provides permanent identification and proof of ownership in case your horse is lost or stolen. In addition, microchips are useful and sometimes required for health certificates, breeding operations, and competitions. The microchips are the size of a grain of rice and fit inside a […]

Before Traveling: Check Requirements For Destination

It is important to all who attend shows with their horses that they check in frequently with the show grounds for their requirements. Any show can have increased their requirements above and beyond state requirements. Attached is an example where a particular show is taking extra precautions due to a recent positive testing in Ocala, […]