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February 10, 2019

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Even though it doesn't feel like spring will ever arrive, now is a good time to start to prepare for the upcoming riding and showing season. It's time to review the recommended yearly vaccinations for your horse with your veteri- narian and give them, before the fly, mosquito and show season begin. When your veterinar- ian is giving your horse his spring vaccinations, it's also a good time to re- quest a "Coggins" test be done to your horse. You might have heard the term before, especially if you show your horse or transport it across state lines. "Must present a clear or negative Cog- gins test to exhibit at this horse show," is a com- mon line seen in a horse show program and one that is also your legal re- sponsibility to perform. The Coggins test has developed a reputation as being the "health pa- pers" or a Transporta- tion Permit, but that's not the case. It is only a part of the health paper- work needed and piece of the puzzle of a healthy horse. A clear Coggins test is legally required to travel with your horses and its certification is usually good for 6-12 months depending on which state you are go- ing to with your horse. You need to present a clear Coggins test to le- gally cross state lines, sell your horse at an auc- tion, when you go to a new barn, to participate in 4H events and to show your horse. But what exactly is a Coggins test and why do we call it that? A Coggins test is named after the veterinarian who devel- oped this blood antibody test, Dr. Leyroy Coggins, in 1973. A Coggins test is actually a blood test that detects antibodies to the disease, Equine Infec- tions Anemia, also called EIA. EIA is a virus that can cause affected horses or donkeys to have fevers, anemia (low red blood cell count), edema (stock- ing up), or weight loss/ muscle wasting. Some horses recover quickly from the symptoms, which may be nothing more than a fever for less than 24 hours, but others suffer the other symp- toms so severely until there is no other choice but to humanly eutha- nize them. EIA is a relative of the virus that causes HIV in humans. There have been many studies that relate the human HIV vi- rus with EIA. However, EIA is not transferable to humans, but both are retrovirus and some re- searchers are starting to refer to equine in- fectious anemia as the Equine version of HIV. EIA is also sometimes re- ferred to as swamp fever or horse malaria. Equine infectious ane- mia is a reportable dis- ease in the United States. This means that if your horse is diagnosed with EIA, your veterinarian is required to report the diagnosis to the USDA. If your horse tests posi- tive, the law states that the horse's owner has two choices, euthanasia or quarantine. If quaran- tine is chosen, the horse must be branded with a special "55A" and ID number on the left side of the neck. The horse must then be kept a min- imum of 880 yards from any other horse for the rest of its life. Most people choose eu- thanasia due to the fact that they can only treat the symptoms of the dis- ease and it will eventu- ally overtake the horse resulting in the need for humane euthanasia any- way. Horses that become infected with EIA will carry the disease for life. Some carriers show no signs of the disease and appear healthy, but carriers then serve as a source of disease trans- mission to other horses. This is done through bit- ing flies and mosquitos. EIA is a blood borne disease transmitted by biting flies, horse flies, deer flies and mosquitos. Your horse doesn't have to actually have to come into contact with an in- fected or carrier horse to catch the virus, only to have been bitten by an insect that carries the vi- rus. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent your horse from con- tracting EIA. Your only defense is to make sure the horses that surround your horse have been tested clear and you practice good horse husbandry around your farm by trimming tall grass, removing ma- nure, spraying for biting insects, not letting water sit to become stagnant and using fly spray and protective repellant gear on your horse. Unfortunately, some people are under the impression that EIA is no longer around or not easily transmitted. Some think, my horse never leaves my barn, how could he possibly get infected? A horse can become infected by any biting insect carrying the EIA disease, so the horse does not even have to travel to be at risk. Just last month in Jan- uary, four horses had to be euthanized in Ten- nessee due to a positive Coggins test. Previously, in October of 2018, more horses tested positive for EIA in Colorado and Wyoming and also had to be euthanized. It is time to prepare for the upcoming year, think about your plan of attack to keep your horse healthy, use proper vac- cinations and deworm- ers, practice good horse husbandry and get a new Coggins test for the new year. Happy Trails! LORI RICIGLIANO is a horse judge, trainer, riding instructor, equine pho- tographer and clinician. She also hosts a weekly syndicated equine radio talk show "Hoof Beats with Lori". Lori has held her horse judges license as a USEF / AHA - "R" rated licensed horse judge for more than 25 years and currently oper- ates Ricigliano Farms Horse Training and Riding Academy near Kent, Minn. She can be reached by email or phone for any questions at 218- 557-8762 or riciglianofarms@gmail. com. Her website is www. 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FAQs 710 North 4th Street Wahpeton, ND (701) 642-4283 A Home To Which Men, Women & Couples can Retire In Dignity & Comfort Over 50 Years of Trusted Quality Care A Beautiful Place to Retire • Daily Activities • In House Church Services • Nursing Staff 24 Hours a Day • Family Style Meals and Specialized Diet Meals • Assistance for Needs of Each Resident • Private Units • FREE Transportation to Appointments or Parking for Your Car • 24 Hour Emergency Call System In Every Room • Schedule Visits by Staff Day & Night Services Provided: Basic Care Living 128050 A new year, a new Coggins test Hoof Beats Lori Ricigliano Hoof Beats ◆ COURTESY LORI RICIGLIANO Think about your plan of attack to keep your horse healthy, use proper vaccinations and dewormers, practice good horse husbandry and get a new Coggins test for the new year. Briefs 2-1-1 Day is Feb. 11 Monday, Feb. 11 is Na- tional 2-1-1 Awareness Day. Did you know that over 94 percent of the U.S. has access to 2-1-1, a free information and referral helpline? Anyone in North Dakota or Clay County, Minneso- ta can reach the FirstLink 2-1-1 helpline by simply di- aling 2-1-1 on their phones or texting their zip code to 898-211. Call specialists are avail- able 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can help community members connect with resources for rent assistance, food, health care, substance abuse and much more. Last year, FirstLink of- fered 15,911 community resources, with over 8,000 of those related to basic needs like food or shelter. Along with information and referral, FirstLink of- fers listening and support and crisis intervention, available by way of calls or texts at any time. We are here for you. U.S.P.S. asks customers to remove snow, ice North Dakota – U.S. Postal Service carriers will be working long and hard this winter season to provide the best service possible. Customers are asked to take a few simple steps to make their task a little safer and easier. The Postal Service treats safety and service with equal priority. That's why we ask our customers to lend a helping hand. • With nightfall coming earlier, some deliveries will be made while it is dark outside. Please leave outdoor lights on to illumi- nate addresses and walk- ways. • Remove potential trip hazards from steps, porch- es and designated package drop areas. • Ensure that dogs are restrained or kept inside. If a carrier rings your bell or knocks, please place the dog in another room be- fore answering the door. • Letter carriers are on the front line of severe weather conditions. Door- step deliveries, painted porches and steps quickly grow hazardous. While salting and rubber-backed mats help, we rely on resi- dents to clear the snow. If there's a warm spell, and the melting snow puddles, a quick freeze can make a sidewalk slick again. • Residents who receive delivery to roadside mail- boxes also must keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow or any other obstacles, like trash cans and other vehicles. • Don't be surprised to see your carriers on Sun- day. As we flex our net- work, we are delivering parcels seven days a week in many cities. Also, please watch for slow-moving postal vehi- cles, carriers on foot, and children that play near mailboxes or snow banks and don't zip by neighbors who are clearing mail- boxes or collecting their mail. Let's all stay safe. The Postal Service re- ceives no tax dollars for operating expenses and re- lies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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