Florida Training Center Takes Precautionary Measures Against Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). Ocala, FL - Canadian Team Coach Clayton Fredericks has announced today that he imposing a movement restriction of horses at his training center at Oak Lane Farm, near Ocala, Florida due to the recent outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in the area. The precautionary measures are being taken as part of Fredericks' biosecurity protocols to safeguard the competition horses. Lessons with horses that would be shipped in have been suspended for a ten-day period effective February 28, 2013.
"I believe it's vital to act promptly and be vigilant when a serious contagious disease has been diagnosed in the area," said Fredericks who noted that no horses on the farm have shown any symptoms. "Having observed the effects of Foot & Mouth Disease in the UK and Equine Influenza (EI) in Australia I know that we cannot be too cautious and of course the horse's welfare is paramount," he added.
There will be no horses leaving the farm this weekend for competitions and it is hoped that the threat of EHV-1 will have subsided in time for the Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL next weekend, March 7-10th.
The state wide situation will be closely monitored via state officials, veterinarians and event organizers to ensure that every precaution will be taken to be proactive in protecting horses from unnecessary exposure.