May 19, 2011 6:39 PM by Matt Stafford

Disease spreading, horse activities getting canceled

Activities and facilities around the state involving horses are shutting down because of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) spreading.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture said Thursday that eight cases of EHV-1 have been confirmed, and 22 others are suspected. The Dept. of Agriculture has issued 10 quarantine orders in six counties.

Colorado State Fair organizers have already canceled three horse events to limit the number of horses traveling to Pueblo.

The Norris-Penrose Event Center houses around 60 horses year-round. For now they're telling their clients that if they take their horses out of the facility that they can't bring them back. They aren't letting any horses other horses on to the facility.

The Event Center canceled a horse show for this weekend, and told a circus coming through not to bring any horses. The precautions are causing problems for some.

"We're all coming to, making, essentially the same decision; let's just stop it, the transportation of horses, and just get this thing under control," says Bill Miller, general manager of the Norris-Penrose Event Center.

"If it doesn't get under control soon then everything is going to put on hold for a very long time; points will go down the drain, money will go down the drain, everything you work for will just be put off," says Savannah Cathcart, a horse owner that keeps hers at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.

Horse owners who want to transport their animals are being advised to call their veterinarian. The veterinarian will have to request a permit number for the horse's health certificate, already required for entry.



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