Poll: Horse Owners Being Careful with EHV-1 Threat

More than 850 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How close has the EHV-1 outbreak come to your horses?"

results of poll on ehv-1 outbreak threat

Results were as follows:

  • There are suspected or confirmed cases in my state, but not local to my farm: 51.52%
  • I don't live in a state with EHV-1 cases: 40.07%
  • There are suspected or confirmed EHV-1 positive horses local to my farm: 6.54%
  • My horse(s) were exposed to EHV-1, but have not tested positive or shown clinical signs: 1.29%
  • I have suspected or confirmed EHV-1-positive horses on my farm: 0.58%

Readers shared their experiences with the EHV-1 outbreak in the comments below.

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  • shows and travel between barns restricted
  • Keep your horses home.
  • I live in NC and as of yet, we have not seen a real threat.
  • Vacinated all horse and taking precautions on people entering the property. No new horses allowed o
  • I'm in Illinois and no issues here so far. Horses seldome leave the farm.
  • I am in MA and have 2 competitions in NY June 18th and July 9 th. Should I stay home??
  • Very scary
  • Seems very well managed in CA.
  • I live on the border of UTand AZ, 1 case in my county, but no specific location available.
  • I'm not taking any chances. I'm keeping my horse home away from other horses.
  • Not yet, but its getting closer.
  • I think there are cases in our State, but they are hiding their outbreak at their individual farms.
  • Lots of panic and over-reaction in my general area.
  • Live in Connecticut, have not heard anything
  • I live in Western Colorado and 6 horses were confirmed in our area
  • On the advice of my vet, I've kept my horse home.
  • I am on a closed farm nothing goes or comes
  • luckily I haven't traveled with my horses since this began and my horses live at home, no exposure.
  • I am self-quarentiing my horses at my farm and only ride on trails where there are no other horses.
  • Currently no EHV-1 outbreaks in Georgia :)
  • Keeping fingers crossed that it doesn't make its way over here!
  • Illinois -have not heard of reported cases in Illinois..yet
  • Actually Province. We are staying home and no one is coming in.
  • Nearly everything has been cancelled or shut down to cooperate with control.
  • Skipping a breeding cycle per breeder's call.
  • Keep the horses home and safe.
  • Ranch on voluntary quarantine
  • Thankfully I live in Australia, so we have no risk (and hopefully never will!)
  • my barn has restricted travel off the property and we have biosecurity cleaning stations set-up
  • one confirmed case in gregory county, SD
  • So far none that i've heard about in MT
  • We live n/w of Phoenix in remote area, little chance of infection
  • 3 sent to UCD - Northern California, Sacramento area.
  • My horse is currently at a trainer in AZ, no where near a quarantined facility
  • I did endure the '03 University of Findlay outbreak though
  • Not Yet! Staying away from all horses and all grounds. I will ride on my own place.
  • Hopefully it will continue to stay out of my state.
  • Live in Sonoma, CA Am a member of Sonoma Developmental Center Posse. They have closed their ground
  • We are keeping our horses home, our trainer is taking extreme measures going from one farm to anothe
  • Everyone is being extremely carefull. Local events have been cancelled or postponed.
  • My horse is in Los Angeles, CA, suspected case is in Ventura,CA, next county to the north
  • SE Tucson-most stables are locked down on in/out traffic unless absolutely necessary
  • and i hope it stays that way
  • forgot to ask have you traveled? Was traveling to my summer location when the news hit.
  • This is really scary. I'm grateful for the constant updated information
  • Own horse exposed Ogden show no fever no facility quarantine Colorado
  • I have had several positive horses and euthanized all of them
  • It is within 30 miles of our home--we are not going anywhere!! all shows canceled too...poor horses.
  • they are fine and out of quarantine after 18 days of twice a day temp checks
  • And I sincerely hope it just goes away!
  • shows cancelled due to EHV-1 concern
  • Death and confirmed cases 120 miles away - too close!
  • Closest confirmed cases to my farm are 70 miles away.
  • Washington State Veterinarian slow to report which cases are neurologic/fever only which counties.
  • few yrs back So Fl was affected
  • I live in New Mexico
  • one euth. and one in contained area away from other horses. Within five miles of my farm.
  • If not contained, every state will have it!
  • My vet still recommended a 30 day quarantine
  • I'm aware of it and am very cautious, even thought none have been reported here
  • we will not travel with our horses or take any other new horses into the farm untill notified that t
  • went to a show and a competitor's horse went home sick - mine are ok
  • I work at the WSU CVM caring for the infected and exposed horses but maintain a closed isolated herd
  • one horse at our barn was at a horse show with suspected cases - quarantined & tested - negative
  • So far...but monitoring closely. Live in CT
  • alot of internet & media hysteria
  • will get infected.
  • Closed barn no one leaves/admitted
  • Several hundred miles from us in West Texas
  • No cases reported in Santa Clara County, CA
  • My cutting horse was at the Ogden Show in May however she was in a different barn.
  • Vermont, am I right?
  • None in my state but vet says they have had a lot of serious inquiries from people that show.
  • we had 2 cases in the stable I board at 2 years ago - only one horse survived.
  • None in El Dorado County, CA so far!
  • not panicking. just being cautious where I take horses & temping regularly
  • The next farm over had a confimed case several years ago but my horses were uneffected
  • we've already had confirmed cases of W. Nile in Georgia, but thankfully nothing else (yet)
  • My horse is isolated, so I am not too worried as long as the farrier didn't bring it with him.
  • Quaratine in Ardmore, OK, 3.5 hours away
  • Were in tx so remaining vigilant as it is in neighboring states
  • IOWA - (how come you are not reporting? - State Vet said they are confirmed and tied to Utah)
  • 2006 EHM -NC
  • As a farrier this has greatly changed the way I do business
  • I personally know several people whose animals competed at Ogden and unknowingly exposed others
  • KS NOT CASES- but they have cancelled a bunch of shows/trail rides
  • Everyone should be careful because of the way horses travel from state to state-even trail riders
  • I live in Montana and so far there are no confirmed cases reported
  • No suspected or confirmed cases in Kentucky yet.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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