Wellington: Winter Horses Returning

Things are getting back to normal in Wellington, Fla., in the aftermath of a deadly horse virus.

Thirteen horses across the state contracted the contagious, airborne, equine herpesvirus in December. Six of them died. Barns across Wellington went on lockdown and local businesses suffered.

Richard Woody, owner of Woody's shoe repair, said his business was down 30% last month. But things are finally looking up.

Other local business owners are also hoping the Winter Equestrian Festival, which kicks off Wednesday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, will brings in business from around the country.

Usually, the event attracts about 4,500 horses. As of Friday, about 3,000 horses had arrived, but event coordinators say they expect more will show up.

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