EHV-1 – Disinfection 101

Tanis MacDonald, DVM

Tanis MacDonald, DVM mantains a blog that is both well-written and informative  and we are excited to be featuring many of her articles on our Horse Health section in the weeks and months to come.  She has a natural ability to take a seemingly complicated topic and break it down into easy to understand pieces suitable for equine enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels.  Today's article is Part Three of a series of posts in relation to the EHV-1 Virus so be sure to check back often!!

Part Three - I am getting a ton of questions concerning disinfection procedures for the EHV-1 virus. People want to know how and what to use in their barns, trailers, equipment, etc to kill the virus.

For such a contagious virus, EHV-1 is actually easily killed on surfaces by common disinfectants. The most common choices are household bleach, Nolvasan or iodine. There are others out there as well, but these are the most commonly available and easily accessed.

The most common disinfectant to use is diluted bleach. Mixing 1 part bleach to 9 or 10 parts water will make a solution that will kill EHV-1. Spray it liberally over stall walls, trailers, buckets, etc and allow it to DRY completely. If it is a bucket or other item that needs rinsed before it is used, you can do so after the dilute bleach solution has dried on the item.

You can also spray diluted bleach on dirt floors in stalls. One caveat - be careful of the mixing of bleach with urine in stalls – the chlorine-ammonia reaction can make some noxious fumes that are dangerous to horses and humans. Please use the utmost care if you are spraying bleach in areas where horses have urinated.

For an example, add 3 ounces of bleach to a 32 ounce sprayer and fill the rest with water. Spray surfaces and allow to dry.

If you need to use a disinfectant that is not going to ruin/bleach something, Nolvasan (chlorhexidine) solution is a good choice. Again, dilute according to the bottle directions and spray liberally and allow to dry. You can also add some to your laundry if you are washing human or horse clothes. Washing laundry in hot water and regular laundry soap is enough to kill the EHV-1 virus, however.

Nolvasan is also good for things like spraying farrier tools between appointments, spraying down tires on vehicles before leaving a farm, etc.

You want to buy Nolvasan or chlorhexidine SOLUTION and not scrub (which contains soap) for this. Not that scrub won’t work, you just really don’t need the soap.

Iodine will work too – again the solution version, not the scrub with soap. Dilute with water to the color of weak iced tea, and spray liberally on surfaces. Iodine is more likely to stain everything it contacts yellow, so is a good choice for things like dirt surfaces or as a boot dip.

For people, alcohol based hand santitizers will kill EHV-1. I would suggest anyone coming into your horse property at least use hand sanitizer before and after they visit with horses to help prevent the spread. Normal showering with hot water and soap will kill the virus as well.

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World Equestrian Games

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Wellness

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:31
Wellington, FL - In between exciting show jumping classes, the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival featured educational presentations called Lunch and Learns each week at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. After this year’s festival, attendees of the Lunch and Learn events are more educated than ever on a variety...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 08:00
Madeleine Debure
Yoga makes you want to do to your horse what yoga is doing to your life – feeling more centered, walking around in a better posture and, while exercising, moving with more grace, enjoying oneself in the biggest challenges of each posture. Yoga makes you crave for a more classical feel with your equine partner – read harmonious. As dressage...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 05:16
Ocala, FL. - “He’s a racehorse, but he never made it to the races.” Stephanie Brennan said about her twelve-year-old thoroughbred Oscar. As a yearling, Oscar arrived at Brennan’s racing facility in Ocala, Florida, where he was expected to step off of the trailer full of potential. Instead, the young horse exhibited signs of a serious tendon...
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 20:47
Central Florida College, in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, have joined efforts to provide an Awareness Level Animal Technical Rescue course.  This course will be composed of two evenings of lectures (April 14 and 16th 2015) at CF College, and an all-day skills demonstration lab at the Florida Horse Park...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:49
The “Revolution” for a truly remarkable healing and conditioning product has begun. TheraPlate Revolution, based in Weatherford, Texas, has manufactured an innovative rehabilitation and therapy system using the concept of “dynamic movement.” Increased circulation, increased bone density, increased muscle mass, reduced swelling and inflammation,...
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:42
Megan Arszman
“THERE IS NO GENERIC ADEQUAN®i.m.” is a well-known phrase, due to the bold ads in every equine magazine and on HorsesDaily.com. Announcer Nicho Meredith for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival mentions the phrase when thanking Adequan for their continued support. Adequan® is polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, the only drug approved by the FDA for...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:31
Wellington, FL - The maker of GumBits (Gambit Atlanta, Inc.) is thrilled to announce the newest addition to its talented team of sponsored riders - 2014 USEA Lady Rider of the Year, Eventer Lauren Kieffer. As the first-ever $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase approaches, GumBits plans to help Kieffer and her mount Czechmate achieve an...

Show Jumping

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:38
Global Champions Tour
Britain’s Olympic heroes will take on the rest of the world’s best riders as Longines Global Champions Tour heads to the beautiful surroundings of Syon Park by the River Thames and world famous Kew Gardens in west London.  A world class field will be in action for the Longines Global Champions Tour of London from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:32
Revolution Sports
Aachen, Germany - Ask any of the world’s top equestrian athletes which of their sport’s major prizes they covet most and the answer is always the same. They dream of winning at Aachen. In the high-performance world of international show jumping, the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen carries the same status as a championship; indeed, it is often more...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:04
Victoria Spicer, Hickstead Press Officer
Equestrian fans will have the chance to see the British showjumping team compete on home ground this summer at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (28 July – 2 August), which is held at Hickstead in West Sussex.  The show, which was voted the world’s best showjumping venue in the 2014 L'Année Hippique awards, hosts the British leg of the...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:01
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Hunter Holloway's mount Any Given Sunday has proven his talent in both the hunter and grand prix jumper rings, and for Holloway, when it comes time to pull out the big guns in the equitation ring, he is the one that she turns to. One of those times is this week at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, where Holloway is among the nation's top...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:51
Jump Media LLC
East Dorset, VT – Several of show jumping’s most celebrated international course designers will showcase their skills at the 2015 Vermont Summer Festival, running from June 30 through August 9 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The six-week circuit will welcome talent from all corners of the world including Alan Wade (IRE), Michel...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:37
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Team Great Britain produced a superb back-to-back double in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 Europe Division 1 League when following up their success at La Baule, France a week ago with another extraordinary victory at Piazza di Siena in Rome, Italy today. It was another nail-biting competition that came down to a fierce battle with...
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 14:41
Mill Spring, NC - Candice King of Wellington, FL, and Wyndmont Inc.'s Valinski S took home top honors in the $25,000 Suncast® 1.45m Welcome Stake today at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). This was the largest purse offered in the Suncast® Welcome Stake series so far this season and the class of 29 entries was one of the biggest...

Reining and Western Riding

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:55
The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of Illinois will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in O’Fallon, Illinois on August 1 and 2, 2015. The purpose of the Train the Trainers™ program is to educate professionals who want to learn how to train, hold clinics and...
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:38
Holly Jacobson
The spotlight focused on true teamwork as Midway College of Midway, KY stepped up to offer their horses, guidance and a capable student support crew for a trio of para-reiners competing at the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup. Pulling off a catch rides calls for adaptability and experimentation, something para athletes are well acquainted with but the...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:57
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the continuing partnership of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the Official Joint Therapy of NRHA, title sponsor of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) and the named sponsor of the Adequan® Championship Arena during the NRHA-owned events. ...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:53
Attendees of the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference in 2014 were thrilled to have the chance to participate in mounted educational sessions with instruction from experienced horsemen and horsewomen, and one of the most popular riding options was the National Reining Horse Association’s Ride a Reiner program. Now, the...
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:27
Alden Corrigan
The 5th annual Kentucky Reining Cup held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was one for the record books.  Attendance at the event increased by a whopping 50% over the previous (a World Equestrian Games qualifying year), while the online broadcasts via USEFNetwork.com and iEquine.com were seen by over 50,000 viewers from all...
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 11:04
Simona Diale
Kreuth,Germany - Draw eight in the second section of the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Open finals on Saturday night in Kreuth were the go-round Level 4 Open winners: Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla, a gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Chilly Chex owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. The...
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 10:53
Simona Diale
Kreuth, Germany – Winning the NRHA Youth 13...

Eventing

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:45
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Lexington, VA - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced the U. S.  eventing team for the 2015 Pan American Games on Wednesday, and this Friday through Sunday, three of those top eventing riders will head to the Virginia Horse Center for the Virginia Horse Trials. With free admission, local spectators have the rare opportunity to...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:28
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the Team and Alternates for the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team for the 2015 Pan American Games. The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the U.S. Team (in alphabetical order): Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 16:00
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Woodside, CA May 19, 2015 - When the horses gallop over Ian Stark's redesigned cross-country courses at the Event At Woodside on May 22-24, it will be a brand-new experience for them as well as for him. That's because it will be Stark's first Event at the Horse Park. In fact, the former British Olympic rider had never been to the Horse Park at...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:18
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Woodside, CA - The seventh annual Woodside Preliminary Challenge will be the highlight of the Event At Woodside on May 22-24. The popular competition, which climaxes with show jumping in the Grand Prix Arena on Saturday evening, will offer $15,000 in prize money and additional $15,000 in prizes for the two divisions. The Woodside Preliminary...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 14:09
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
“There are going to be a lot of disappointed people on the day the team is named” — that’s been the overarching theme of the U.S. Pan American Games selection process for the past eight months, ever since Team USA’s bid for Olympic qualification breathed its last on a muddy cross country day in Normandy at the World Equestrian Games. That...
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:12
Equine Canada
Ottawa, Ont., May 13, 2015 - Colleen Loach and Waylon Roberts put in impressive performances to earn top 10 results aboard multiple mounts at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, held May 6-10 in Allentown, NJ. Both riders contested the CCI 2* division, which acted as a Canadian Eventing Team qualification trial for the TORONTO 2015...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:41
Lexington, KY - May 11, 2015 - Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, has announced that next year's event will take place April 28 - May 1, 2016, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  Tickets for the 2016 event will be available for sale starting November 2, 2015. One of...

Driving

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:11
London, England- It was a royal redux at England's Royal Windsor CAI3* as HRH Queen Elizabeth again congratulated Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, on his second consecutive victory in the four-in-hand division. The 11-time USEF National Champion and three-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist returned to the 2015 Royal Windsor Horse Show...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 14:26
Revolution Sports
The fifth and final day of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2015 saw an unprecedented number of people walk through the Windsor gates for their last chance to watch the equestrian extravaganza in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The crowds were treated to a thrilling finale in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix with last year's...
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 13:46
London, England - Chester Weber’s 2015 European competition tour is underway, and he already achieved a win in day one. Fresh off his victory on US soil at the Live Oak International CDE, Weber headed to Europe and drove his team to the top of the leader board on Thursday at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in London, England— with a win in the...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 22:42
To celebrate the grand opening of the new CAA Headquarters building, we invite you to bring your restored carriages and sleighs, and in-use vehicles to the CAA Carriage Festival (in the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena) for the 2015 Carriage Showcase. There will be classes for professionally and amateur-restored vehicles, in-use carriages and...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:58
Revolution Sports
May 6, 2015 - World class riders from 24 nations around the globe will descend on the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show next week for top class competition across four disciplines over five days, from 13-17th May, in front of an expected crowd of over 50,000 people. There will be a bevy of British competitors riding alongside international...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:39
After a season of presenting the Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Horse Gym USA® brought the award to the celebrated combined driving event Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida. The Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award went to Allison Stroud’s four-in-hand team for their admirable fitness....
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 23:18
Bromont International Driving will be a 2015 qualification for both Equine Canada and the USEF for the FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs (September 2015, HUN) and for the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies (September 2015, NED). The Bromont International Driving presents its 14th edition from June 19th to 21st and will host the...