Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

Articles by Erin Ryder

Groups Working to Rescue Stranded Galveston Horses

While most residents fled the island of Galveston, Texas, as Hurricane Ike approached amid National Weather Service warnings of "certain death," numerous horses and other livestock were left behind. Now rescuers are working to get the surviving Read More

Piroplasmosis in Florida: Some Quarantines Lifted

Florida agriculture officials have started lifting quarantines at the some of the properties with animals exposed to equine piroplasmosis. Three premises have been released due to negative testing on all horses, leaving 19 under state quarantine Read More

Texas Horses Move Inland as Hurricane Ike Approaches

Many Texas horse owners are moving with their horses out of harm's way as Hurricane Ike approaches the coast.

As of 1 p.m., CDT, Ike was a Category 2 hurricane, but the National Hurricane Center noted in a public bulletin that it was Read More

Results of Poll on Wrapping Up the Summer Riding Season

Nearly 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When do you start winding down from your summer riding levels?"

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Piroplasmosis Update: 20 Positive, Tracing Exposed Horses

Florida agriculture officials announced Sept. 8 that 20 horses have been confirmed positive for the foreign animal disease equine piroplasmosis, but even though this might sound Read More

20 Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis, Investigation Ongoing

Two additional premises exposed to equine piroplasmosis came to light last weekend, according to a statement released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (DOACS). Each property has one horse that tests positive for the Read More

Horse Haulers Asked to Stop for Mackinac Bridge Trailer Checks

Horse owners hauling their animals across Michigan's Mackinac Bridge are being asked to stop for a Michigan Department of Agriculture inspection, according to an open letter to horse enthusiasts distributed Sept. 8 by State Veterinarian Steven Read More

18 Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) stated Sept. 5 that 18 Florida horses have now tested positive for equine piroplasmosis. These horses live on four Read More

Horse Owners Brace for Tropical Storm Hanna

From Charleston to Chincoteague, horse owners along the southern East Coast are battening down the hatches as Tropical Storm Hanna heads their way.

Vacillating between a strong tropical storm and a Category 1 hurricane, Hanna is expected to Read More

10 Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

The investigation into equine piroplasmosis conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) in conjunction with the USDA has now turned up 10 horses positive for the disease. These horses live on three properties Read More

Two More Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' investigation into equine piroplamosis has uncovered two additional positive animals in Polk County. These two cases bring the number of positive horses to eight. These cases Read More

Coastal Horse Owners and Veterinarians Get Ready for Gustav

On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, horse owners and veterinarians in the New Orleans area are fleeing ahead of Gustav, a storm the National Weather Service says is likely to become "a large, powerful hurricane as it approaches the Read More

Katrina, Three Years Later: New Orleans Horse Industry Coming Back

With preparations for the approaching Hurricane Gustav taking center stage... Read More

Officials Test More Than 90 Florida Horses for Piroplasmosis

The investigation into equine piroplasmosis in Florida is ongoing. The state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a statement Aug. 28 indicating that 11 Read More

Vet Preparations in Progress for World Equestrian Games

While the attention of most equine enthusiasts was turned to Hong Kong for the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, preparations were well under way for the next major international equine competition: the 2010 Alltech FEI Read More

Horse on Contact Premises Positive for Piroplasmosis

According to an Aug. 25 statement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS), a horse on a second property has tested positive for equine piroplasmosis.

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Annual Equine Adventure Offers Horse Health Education, World Travel

Earlier this summer, a group of 25 U.S. veterinarians, horse owners, and trainers, took part in the ninth annual International Equine Adventure, organized by Ron Fuller, DVM , and Robert Miller, DVM. This year's excursion took the group to Read More

Equine Veterinarian Dies of Hendra Virus

One of the two equine hospital staff workers hospitalized with Hendra virus in Australia has died. Veterinarian Ben Cunneen, BVSc, died Wednesday. He had contracted Hendra virus from a horse hospitalized at the Redlands Veterinary Clinic on the Read More

Foreign Disease Equine Piroplasmosis Found in Five Florida Horses

Equine piroplasmosis was eradicated officially from Florida (and, thereby, the United States) in 1988. So it came as a shock to many people in the equine industry to hear that a horse in Florida was confirmed positive for the disease last week. Read More

Readers Respond: Herbs For Horses

More than 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you consider using herbal supplements, such as aloe vera juice, milk thistle, ginger, etc., in your horse's feed or as a topical Read More

France Reports EIA Cases

Three horses have been euthanized after testing positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in connection with an ongoing investigation into cases in the Ardèche department, an area in south-central France. The cases and control measures were Read More

Two Vet Clinic Workers Positive for Hendra Virus

Two of the people exposed to horses infected with Hendra virus at Redlands Veterinary Clinic in the Australian state of Queensland have contracted the zoonotic disease, according to a report published by The Australian.

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West Virginia Track Resumes Shipping, Racing

Officials at Charles Town Races and Slots are again allowing horses to come and go after test results indicated that a sick horse on the property does not have equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

"Everything is back to normal," said Dickie Moore, Read More

Barn Quarantined, Training Continues at Charles Town

One barn is on lockdown and movement of horses on or off the grounds has ceased, but training continues at Charles Town Races and Slots. The track instituted the precautions after a horse in its stabling area displayed neurologic signs considere Read More

Movement Restrictions Enacted at West Virginia Racetrack

Movement of horses on or off the grounds of Charles Town Races and Slots has been called to a halt after a horse there displayed neurologic signs. The track is located in Charles Town, W.V.

"The track has imposed a quarantine to keep any Read More