EHV-1 HITS Thermal
Hello to all.... if your were at the HITS Desert Horse Show in Thermal California during Weeks 4, 5 & 6 you should be aware that my horse contracted EVH-1 (equine herpes virus) while there. He is a gelding that started showing symptoms at the end of week 5. He exhibited weakness in the hind end and a very runny nose along with lethargy. At this time my horse had no fever. I immediately called the horse show vet who came out to do an assessment and repeatedly told my trainer he had neurologic symptoms. My trainer persistently asked him to explain what he was defining as neurologic symptoms. This horse show vet seemed a little hesitant to clearly explain and diverted the conversation to skeletal issues. At this time he suggested to bring the horse down to administer fluids for dehydration and a DMSO drip for the ataxia in the hind end. At this time I telephoned my at home vet and gave the run down, this vet immediately telephoned the on call DR. and asked him to run the nasal swab and blood work for EHV-1. Please note we have already been at the horse show for 20 days. The incubation period for EHV-1 is 2 to 10 days. Um hello, we had been there for 20 days, so obviously the whole show grounds and every horse there is compromised. From what my at home vet told me it was like pulling teeth to get the horse show vet to run the EHV-1 test. Hmmmm why?? My horse was clearly showing several symptoms and had ataxia (the wobbles) of the hind end. The test was submitted and we waited for results but it took 5 days to get back and that was only after my trainer and at home Vet called the horse show doc to beg for the results. If there was even a hint that this epidemic in the horse world was suspected it should have be a STAT priority. 2 days after the nasal swab and the blood draw I loaded my 3 horses and hauled them home believing from what the horse show doc said was a nerve compression that was causing the hind end ataxia. I took my sick horse straight to the animal hospital and 2 days later found out he has EHV-1. I am pissed!!! First of all for the fact that my beloved boy was in such pain and disarray and second for the fact that many others could very well be infected and third of all for the fact that I think (in my own opinion) that the Horse doc and administration at the horse show did not want a case of this virus at the giant HITS Thermal horse show grounds. If they even suspected EHV-1 they would have had to shut the whole place down in a quarantine. 2500 hundred horses....The Lamborghini Grand Prix.... Use your imagination.... SHAME ON ALL INVOLVED AT HITS THERMAL!!!! Now as I sit here at home my other horses are compromised and being tested. My whole barn may be at risk because of poor judgment on the part of promoters. So the moral here is if you were there watch your horses and if they get a runny nose and fever call your vet ASAP!! I really am worried about all of the horses who were there.