Horse Transferred from TIEC for Colic Treatment, Tested Positive for EHV-1

Apr 15, 2021 - 1:01 PM

April 15, 2021

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) reports that a horse in Barn 1 that arrived on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 was transported to Tryon Equine Hospital on Thursday, April 8 with symptoms of a mild colic impaction. The horse was afebrile at the time of transport.

The horse developed a low grade fever and was placed in isolation at Tryon Equine Hospital and continued to be treated for a mild colic impaction. Nasal and blood samples were taken and the horse was transported to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) for additional testing on Friday, April 9. The horse was afebrile and remained in isolation at the time of transport.

Tryon Equine Hospital remained in close contact with UTCVM to monitor the horse’s condition, which progressively improved and remained afebrile as they awaited test results.

Wednesday night, April 14 at 6 pm (last night) the results came back from the lab reporting that the samples tested were positive for EHV-1. The horse has remained afebrile, has shown no neurologic signs, and no recurrence of colic since presentation to the isolation unit at UTCVM. The horse will remain in quarantine at UTCVM and under the supervision of UTCVM before being released.

Following an immediate call with the North Carolina State Vet, Tryon Equine Hospital, and TIEC show management, the decision was made to immediately remove and quarantine the horses stabled on the affected aisle in Barn 1 until receiving further instructions from the North Carolina State Vet Office.

Because of the immediate communication and collaboration between Tryon Equine Hospital Veterinarians, TIEC Horse Show Management, United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Veterinarian, and the State Veterinarian of North Carolina, all parties remain confident the biosecurity protocols will continue to limit transmission and enable TIEC to continue showing safely.

It is our shared responsibility to keep our horses safe. Similar to the suggested protocols in place for humans due to COVID-19, we urge all equestrians to please remember and abide by the following equine biosecurity measures:

  • Take all horses’ temperature daily and report any horse with a temperature above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or any signs of respiratory or neurological disease to your veterinarian and/or show management. 
  • Take the temperature of all horses prior to shipping to TIEC, and do not bring any febrile horses to the show. 
  • Avoid mixing of horses where possible, practice equine social distancing
  • Ensure good hygiene and biosecurity at the show and your home farms 
  • Make sure your horses are currently vaccinated for equine influenza and EHV in accordance with General Rule 845.
  • You should be able to document your horse’s normal temperature before arrival. Please do not ship horses with elevated temperatures. It is recommended that you establish a log of temperatures taken at least twice daily. If there is an elevated temperature for more than a 24-hour period, please consult your local veterinarian immediately.
  • Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van or moving from stable to stable is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbor’s horses’ health.
  • Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and impress its importance to your grooms and barn managers in everyday care.

 

Further biosecurity protocols and additional resources can be found here:

United States Department of Agriculture Information on Equine Herpesvirus

American Association of Equine Practitioners FAQ on Equine Herpesvirus

United States Equestrian Federation Biosecurity Measures for Horses at Home and at Competitions

 

TIEC will continue to follow the protocols and guidelines from the State Vet of North Carolina as we remain vigilant in our efforts to continue operating competitions safely in the weeks ahead.

If you have any questions or concerns about your horse’s health, please contact our veterinary partners, Tryon Equine Hospital, at 828-894-6065.

For any additional questions or concerns related to Tryon International Equestrian Center please contact Molly Oakman at 828-289-5335 or moakman@tryon.com.

TIEC Management

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