This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

This weekend we’ll all be cheering hard for Boyd Martin to help lead Team USA to victory at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and clinch an all-important 2020 Olympics qualification for the country.

Boyd has previously remarked how much more seasoned his mount Tsetserleg feels this year, and perhaps some of that success is thanks to trusting MediVet Equine’s revolutionary product, MediVet ACS (Autologous Conditioned Serum), to keep “Thomas” in top form.

“About a year ago we began talks with Medivet Equine regarding their regenerative product, MediVet ACS, and my curiosity was piqued,” Boyd said. “After a member of my team treated her 17-year-old horse with the serum for six months, with excellent results, we decided to put two of my top competitors on the protocol. Leading up to Kentucky, both Tsetserleg and Long Island T were on the serum, and I was highly impressed with the improvement in their soundness, endurance, condition and overall fitness.”

When given regularly, MediVet ACS manages inflammation the horse’s whole body — effectively assisting the horse’s own body in healing itself and fighting lameness. The serum is an all-natural product which which is created using a sample of the horse’s own blood. Boyd also plans to put two more of his top horses on MediVet ACS and is positive he’ll see equally impressive results.

It’s never a bad thing to pay attention to the latest in equine health — you never know what helpful new information or technology you could benefit from! With that, here are some of the top headlines in horse health from the past week:

One factor that may contribute to making strangles so dang difficult to get rid of are face flies. Strangles is a highly contagious viral disease that affects a horse’s respiratory system. It’s an absolute nightmare for horse owners and barn mangers not only because it’s a serous disease, but also because it’s notorious for being very hard to get rid of. The strangles virus can be spread directly, such as via nose-to-nose contact between horses, or indirectly, such as on a barn worker’s clothes.

Researchers from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have recently found that face flies may also be able to spread the virus. They tested 1,856 face flies caught at a farm with a confirmed strangles outbreak and tested them to see if any carries the virus. A small number tested positive. [Paulick Report]

Add this to the list of things you should NOT do: try to cool out your horse using dry ice. Video of a Spanish endurance rider trying to do just that after a 120km race earlier this year has triggered the FEI veterinary department to issue an official advisement strongly recommending that dry ice not be used as a cooling agent. The incident was further investigated and it was found that the horse was standing in buckets of water mixed with dry ice. Because of this, the temperature did not drop below freezing and therefore no disciplinary action was taken. Dry ice mixed with water does not provide any benefit and it can be very harmful should dry ice come in contact with skin. [Horse & Hound]

The first case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in 2019 was confirmed in New Jersey. EEE is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can cause fever, depression, lack of appetite and neurologic signs. The disease can progress very quickly and a high percentage of cases are fatal. Vaccination can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the disease if exposed. The horse in New Jersey that contracted EEE was a 12-year-old mare who had been previously vaccinated in April. She was euthanized in late July. [The Horse]

About MediVet Equine:

MediVet Equine‘s mission is to bring state-of-the-art science, and principled stewardship, to performance horses, their owners and the equine industry. Following the medical model of “do no harm,” MediVet Equine, the original creators of the breakthrough MediVet Autologous Conditioned Serum (MediVet ACS), develops scientifically based biological therapeutics, enabling the horse to call on its own healing ability to achieve its full performance potential.

Specializing in regenerative treatments that help the body heal and regain strength, MediVet Equine’s products are designed to activate specific cells and growth factors within horses to encourage and enhance healing. As a result, their products are safe and suitable for all performance horses.