Horse Health Issues in BLM Holding Facility

News May 16, 2013

A wild horse advocacy group has voiced its concerns over infections in captive wild horses held at a short-term holding facility run by the Bureau of Land Management.

Wild Horse Education, a non-profit organization in Nevada that tracks the condition of wild horses and burros on the range and in holding, has asked the bureau to provide immediate medical care and adequate husbandry practices to horses currently held at a the Palomino Valley Center (PVC) north of Reno.

The group said while none of the conditions required emergency response, they required attention.

The center is soon to come out of quarantine following an outbreak of strangles.

“Once the quarantine period ends, animals that test clear of shedding the virus will be shipped to events and other facilities around the nation,” the group, founded by wild horse advocate Laura Leigh, said in a statement.

“However, Wild Horse Education has observed a continual problem with nasal discharge in the PVC horse population.

“There may be some other condition present and lifting the quarantine may be premature.

“The papilloma virus has been spreading through the younger animals.

“Wild horses captured last summer, this past winter, and those born at the facility have been documented with the warts that the virus causes.

“Equine papilloma virus is a highly contagious viral disease….

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POST DATE: 05/16/2013