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Equine Impact - Equine Herpes Virus

Home to some of the largest horse shows in the nation, the equine industry is big business in Oklahoma; and, the Equine Herpes Virus has turned that industry upside down.
Equine Impact - Equine Herpes Virus

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Show 1123: Equine Impact - Equine Herpes Virus

Air date: June 5, 2011

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL THE EQUINE INDUSTRY IS BIG BUSINESS IN OKLAHOMA.  HOME TO SOME OF THE LARGEST HORSE SHOWS IN THE NATION; EXHIBITORS AND RIDERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL TRAVEL HERE FOR WEEKS AT TIME.  BUT, A RELATIVELY LITTLE KNOWN HORSE DISEASE HAS SOME WORRIED THOSE SHOWS COULD BE IN DANGER.  JOINING ME NOW IS OUR COURTENAY DEHOFF.

COURTENAY DEHOFF:  WELL THE EQUINE HERPES VIRUS HAS TURNED THE HORSE INDUSTRY UPSIDE DOWN AFTER HORSES THAT ATTENDED THE NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION’S WESTERN NATIONALS IN OGDEN, UTAH, SECONDARILY EXPOSED HUNDREDS OF HORSES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH THIS DEADLY AND HIGHLY TRANSMITTABLE DISEASE.

THINGS ARE RELATIVELY QUIET AT THE WALKING F RANCH IN PERKINS, OKLAHOMA.

JACK TURNER:  I REALLY DON’T THINK THEY’LL CANCEL ANYTHING AFTER JULY THE 5TH, BUT THEY MIGHT.

COURTENAY:  A CUTTING HORSE FACILITY THAT WON’T BE LETTING ANY HORSES OFF THE PROPERTY FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, UNTIL THE DEADLY EQUINE HERPES VIRUS IS AT A STANDSTILL.  TRAINER, JACK TURNER.

JACK TURNER:  THE HORSE STARTS RUNNING FEVER AND THEY LOSE, THEY START WOBBLING, AND THEN FROM THERE THEY GET DOWN AND IT’S HARD TO, TO GET ONE TO RECOVER.  WHAT IT MEANS TO US, HERE AS A RANCH, BASICALLY IS THAT WE’RE TRYING TO PROTECT WHAT HORSES WE HAVE HERE ON THE RANCH FROM GETTING IT; AND SO FAR, WE’VE BEEN LUCKY WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT.

COURTENAY:  THE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE MEANS MANY HORSE OWNERS ARE GOING ROUND AND ROUND TRYING TO DECIDE IF THEY SHOULD JUST STAY HOME.

TURNER:  WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO IS, WE’RE GOING TO BE STILL HERE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND KIND OF SEE WHERE THE HOT SPOTS ARE, IF THERE ARE ANY HOTSPOTS; SEE WHERE THE CONFIRMED CASES ARE.  AND THEN FROM THERE, WE’LL MAKE A DETERMINATION OF WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO AND WHERE WE’RE GONNA GO.

COURTENAY:  A BRIEF HIATUS THAT COULD BE DEVASTATING TO LOCAL ECONOMIES.  THE EQUINE INDUSTRY BRINGS THOUSANDS OF VISITORS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE STATE.  DAN WALL IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION, AND SAYS OKLAHOMA’S HORSE INDUSTRY HAS MORE THAN A THREE BILLION DOLLAR IMPACT IN OKLAHOMA.

DAN WALL:  OKLAHOMA RANKS SEVENTH OVERALL IN THE COUNTRY WITH ABOUT A 3.3 ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT FROM THE HORSE INDUSTRY ITSELF.  IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES, THE HORSE INDUSTRY HAS ABOUT A 112 BILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC IMPACT.  SO, OKLAHOMA ABOUT A 3.3; THE NRHA FUTURITY GENERATES ABOUT 68 MILLION DOLLARS IN ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.

COURTENAY:  THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION’S REDBUD SPECTACULAR IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY SHOWS THAT CALLS OKLAHOMA HOME.  DR. DAVID MCCARROL IS THE AQHA VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR.

DAVID MCCARROL:  STAYING HOME IS 100% SURE TO STOP, STOP THE OUTBREAK IN YOUR HORSES; HOWEVER, THAT’S A LITTLE, A LITTLE BIT OVERKILL.  IF YOUR HORSES DON’T COME IN CONTACT WITH THOSE THAT ARE ACTIVELY SHEDDING THE VIRUS AND HAVE THE NEUROLOGIC SYMPTOMS OR THE ELEVATED FEVER OR ARE AROUND ANY OTHER HORSES THAT ARE SHEDDING THE VIRUS, THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE THAT THEY WILL COME DOWN WITH THAT INFECTION.  SO WHAT THAT MEANS IN PRACTICAL TERMS IS THAT YOU CAN GO TO AN EVENT IF YOU’RE NOT GONNA BE IN CONTACT WITH THE HORSES THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE ORIGINAL OUTBREAK.

JANA TURNER:  WE WOULDN’T LEAVE HERE IF THIS EHV WAS A THREAT, YOU KNOW, TO OUR HORSES.  YOU KNOW, EACH ONE OF ‘EM IS VERY VALUABLE TO US AND, AND THE CHANCES OF THEM GETTING SICK AND THE COST OF THE VET BILLS AREN’T WORTH THE CHANCE IF WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS REALLY SERIOUSLY A THREAT.

COURTENAY:  BIG MONEY AND EXPENSIVE HORSES FOR PROFESSIONAL BARREL RACER JANA TURNER.

JANA:  PROBABLY JUST NOT GOING AND STAYING OVERNIGHT AS MUCH, JUST BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS, THERE’S ALWAYS A CHANCE WHENEVER YOU’RE STALLING WITH 400, 500, 600 OTHER HORSES, YOU KNOW, TO CATCH DISEASE, SICKNESS, THAT KIND OF THING.

COURTENAY:  BUT FOR OTHERS, THE RISK IS JUST TOO GREAT.

TURNER:  I DON’T KNOW THAT I’M CAPABLE OF SAYING THAT IT’S NECESSARY OR NOT, BUT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, TO GET THIS THING STOPPED.  WHETHER THEY CAN COMPLETELY GET IT STOPPED OR NOT, I DON’T KNOW, BUT THEY CAN AT LEAST SLOW IT DOWN.

COURTENAY:  ALTHOUGH ALL CUTTING EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED IN OKLAHOMA, OTHER HORSE SHOWS WILL GO ON.  THE OKLAHOMA QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION’S RED BUD SPECTACULAR KICKED OFF IN OKLAHOMA CITY, WHILE THE PINTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL GEAR UP IN TULSA.  TOGETHER OVER 2,000 HEAD OF HORSES ARE EXPECTED TO BE ENTERING THE STATE.

ROB:  SO WHAT CAN HORSE OWNERS AND CONTESTANTS ATTENDING THESE EVENTS, WHAT CAN THEY DO TO MAKE SURE THEIR ANIMALS ARE SAFE?

COURTENAY:  ROB, THEY JUST NEED TO BE AWARE; AVOID HORSE-TO-HORSE CONTACT AND KEEP YOUR TACK AND YOUR EQUIPMENT AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S TACK AND EQUIPMENT.

ROB:  AND THIS IS STRICTLY A HORSE DISEASE?

COURTENAY:  YES; AND IT’S NOT TRANSMITTABLE TO HUMANS.

ROB:  ALRIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH COURT.