In their natural setting, horses typically graze between 14-16 hours a day. This has anatomically designed them to be best suited for small, frequent forage meals throughout the day.
However, in today’s setting with modern management strategies, many horses have limited access to forage due to meal feedings and increased time being stalled. These management changes have led to alterations in digestion as well as dysregulations of metabolic patterns including glucose, insulin, and cortisol.
In recent weeks, Dr. Kyla has
limited the number of barns that she travels to due to the EHV-1 outbreak, and
has been using biosecurity measures to deter the spread of the disease between
horses, as we mentionedhere
. We've heard questions from
horse owners across the state about the spread of the disease and the status of
the horses that have been tested. In an effort to make it easier for you
to find accurate and current information about EHV-1 in Minnesota, we've
compiled some links to helpful articles, handouts, and videos on the web.
EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus 1,is currently a hot topic here in Minnesota. In March 2014, several horses in Minnesota and western Wisconsin have shown neurologic signs of the disease, and some have been euthanized. This outbreak of the disease has roots in the barrel racing scene, at a competition in Winona, MN in early March. Cases have appeared in Hennepin, Chisago, Dakota, and Wright County in MN, as well as Burnett and Polk County in WI. Information is still emerging, but several of the horses who have been euthanized have connections to the barrel horse world.