This Week in Horse Health News Presented by Absorbine

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As a Minnesotan, to describe my experience with hurricanes as “minimal” would be the understatement of the decade. However, I am familiar with the devastating destruction caused by landlocked natural disasters such as tornadoes, and know that hurricanes are not to be treated lightly. Fortunately, The Horse has many helpful resources on severe weather safety for you and your horses. Check out their hurricane and tornado safety tips.

This week in horse health news:

New codes of conduct help guide equestrian event safety: The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) and World Dressage Masters (WDM) have released a comprehensive guide to horse welfare procedures and ethical guidelines for event organizers. The Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) has also released a similar guide, which includes hot weather procedures and horse incident management. [The Horse] [Horsetalk]

Slaughter ban amendment passed: The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has voted to amend the 2015 agriculture appropriations bill to defund USDA horse processing plant inspections, which “makes it impossible to process horses in the United States.” [The Horse]

Vesicular stomatitis found in Texas horses: Vesicular stomatitis, a highly contagious virus, was confirmed in five Kinney County, Texas horses. For more information on the virus, its symptoms, and these recent cases, visit: [Chronicle of the Horse]

Unified standards for sport horse transport: The FEI and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have agreed to adopt the “high-health, high-performance horse” (HHP) standard for international sport horse movement. [The Horse]

Texas horses evacuated: 80 horses were relocated to Houston’s Sam Houston Race Park before predicted heavy rainfalls prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings. [The Horse]

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