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TheHorse.com to Present Free Equine Rabies Webinar

Lexington, Ky. – TheHorse.com will present a free Webinar on Equine Rabies on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m., EST. Dr. Steve Reed will explain how to recognize rabies in horses, what you should do if you suspect a horse is infected with the disease, and ways to reduce the risk of your horse being infected. Register now to watch this presentation and to submit questions for the experts to answer during the live event.

Could you identify a rabid horse if you saw one? Chances are you couldn’t. That’s because the clinical signs of rabies can be similar to many other diseases—even colic. Rabies is a core vaccination in the AAEP’s recommend annual vaccination schedule, but, according to a National Animal Health Monitoring System survey, only 44% of horse owners annually vaccinate their horses for rabies. Reed says that’s a dangerous gamble for the other 56% of the population—especially for an untreatable, fatal disease that can be transmitted from a horse to any mammal, including humans.

Think your horse isn’t at risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been reports of animal rabies this year in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The CDC compiled the most recent rabies case summary in 2006, when 49 states and Puerto Rico reported 6,940 cases of rabies in animals (including 53 horses) and three cases in humans, representing an 8.2% increase from the 6,417 animal cases and one human case reported in 2005. Cases in horses increased 12.8% from 2005 to 2006.

Register Now

For more information on the basics of Equine Rabies and how to protect your horses from this disease register now by visiting TheHorse.com/Webinars.

This seminar is sponsored by Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health, which earlier this year released EquiRab (Equirab.com), a rabies vaccine designed specifically for horses. The new vaccine offers long-lasting protection against rabies in a single, low-dose injection and is proven safe for use in healthy horses and foals four months of age or older.


The Webinar will be presented by Steve Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Reed, formerly of The Ohio State University, has a long career of experience with neurologic diseases. Because of that, he is being honored this year at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention as the keynote presenter of the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, for which his topic is Equine Neurology.

If you already have questions you would like to ask Dr. Reed, submit them now to THWebinars@TheHorse.com.

Not able to attend the live Webinar on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.? No problem. Register now, and we’ll let you know when and where you can watch the archived version along with a full transcript of the questions and answer session.

TheHorse.com is operated by Blood-Horse Publications, publisher of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

About Blood-Horse Publications:

Blood-Horse Publications is a multimedia publishing company that traces its roots to 1916. Its flagship publication, The Blood-Horse, is a publication of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and is the leading weekly Thoroughbred racing and breeding news and information magazine. In addition, Blood-Horse Publications also publishes The Blood-Horse MarketWatch, a newsletter for Thoroughbred investors; the official Kentucky Derby souvenir magazine; Auction Edge; and Keeneland magazine. In addition, Blood-Horse Publications also publishes equine-related books and videos under the Eclipse Press banner, and operates a family of award-winning Web sites including BloodHorse.com, TheHorse.com, StallionRegister.com, ExclusivelyEquine.com, the official store of Blood-Horse Publications; and TrueNicks.com.

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