Halting Equine Herpes in Nevada

RENO, NV - More than a dozen horses in California have tested positive for a potentially fatal virus. The infection started at a cutting horse show Ogden,Utah last month. Nevada’s Department of Agriculture confirms only one case so far. But for competitive riders and their mounts, it’s the cases in California that have their attention.

Before we're even allowed to enter Meadow View Farms just south of Reno, we had to wipe our feet off with a bleach and water mix.

At which point we gained entrance into the training facility.

Rider Hilari Fleming was tacking up for her lesson, she had to do the same thing we did, and says she doesn't mind the new policies at all.

“I'm clearly ok with it. These guys are family. I don't want them to be put at risk,” says Fleming.

It’s said you'll do just about anything for family, and at Meadow View Farms it’s no exception.

With the Equine Herpes outbreak in the west, these riders are keeping abreast of the latest news--especially since they normally compete all over the west coast during the show season which starts right about now.

“Well, there are so many places that are multi-discipline focused, so one horse that went to the cutting horse show goes back to 40 horses that do hunter, jumper and dressage. Our vets say if we just stay put for a couple of weeks we can get it under control,” says Sarah Mullins of Meadow View Farms.

And that means everybody, no one is allowed to come and go as they please with their horses. If a boarder wants to leave for awhile, they have to keep their horse away until the virus runs its course.

Sarah says an incoming client from New Mexico wanted to have her horses here by the beginning of June, that plan has been put on hold as well.

Vets and Farriers must bring a change of clothing and wash their tires down with a bleach and water solution before entering the property.

How long will the new protocols be in place?

Sarah and her mom say they will continue to invest in bleach and water, and disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer until their vets say, the coast is clear.

Reno Rodeo officials say despite the recent outbreak, their event is still scheduled to begin June 16.


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