Findlay Classes Resume After EHV-1 Outbreak

Classes resumed March 10 at the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which had been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1). (For more on the outbreak, see article #4179 online.)

The University followed the guidelines and advice of George Allen, PhD, of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, a leading researcher on EHV-1. Allen said that the recommended quarantine period lasts until 21 days after the last fever is detected. In addition, the stalls, barns, arenas, and veterinary hospital (also a part of the English riding facility) have been disinfected.

Most horses have resumed work, but three are still convalescing and will return to work in the fall.

The students are hosting a raffle to create a memorial for the 12 horses which died. Additional funds collected will be used toward the riding program. A memorial service was to be scheduled for the benefit of students and all those wishing to remember the horses. For information about the raffle, memorial service, or donations, please contact Lissa Guyton in the Office of Development at 419/434-4078.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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