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CHC Expo on track for March

With the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo right around the corner, March 8 to 10, the Colorado Horse Council wants to assure you that, like the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, animal care and health is taken very seriously and CHC has started a new equine entrance agreement process last year to assist us with animal disease detection and admission. Procedures were discussed with the representative of the NWSS and the state veterinarian's office to assure the most effective job possible. The area where the ill horse was detected is nowhere close to those used by the Expo. Organizers will continue the processes in disinfection of premises, inspection of animals and daily walk through of barns and facilities. Ultimately, the responsibility to identify animal illness lies in the hands of the animal's custodians and the CHC hope that these additional steps will assist them with early illness detection.

Guidelines for this year to considered when coming to the Expo

The Expo 2013 policies:

--Required health certificates;

--Visual inspections;

--Coggins test if horses are from out of state.

A few more directives also inclued:

--The facility will be disinfected before arrival by National Western

--Horse owners will have to sign off indicating whether their horse has been ill in the last week before arrival.

--Horses will be visually inspected by two individuals before entry.

--The stalling area will be walked twice a day specifically looking for depressed or ill animals.

--Horse owners will be reminded to visually inspect their horses daily and report any illness.

--A quarantine area is being established for any determined ill animals and they will be immediately moved to that area or taken off premises.

--Veterinarians will inspect any suspicious animals.

For more information contact Bill Scebbi, executive director, Colorado Horse Council, 22 S. 4th Ave., #106, Brighton, CO 80601; phone 303-292-4981; email bill@coloradohorsecouncil.com.

Date: 2/18/2013



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