Just before Christmas, there were several confirmed cases of the neurological strain of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in a Bucks County, PA boarding barn, resulting in the deaths of four horses so far. The facility has been placed under state-sanctioned quarantine, and both state and local veterinarians are doing their best to contain the outbreak of this deadly virus. EHV-1 is highly contagious and often fatal, but there are steps you can take to keep your horses safe and your Pennsylvania horse farm free of disease.

The most effective and important thing you can do is practice good biosecurity protocol. If there is an outbreak in your immediate area, it is always a good idea to keep your horses home! Do not trailer or ride your horse to other facilities, and do not allow outside horses on your farm. In the case of EHV-1, two weeks is generally a safe time period to be on ‘lockdown', but if you are unsure of anything, call your vet. 

If you must travel to other farms, take care that you are not spreading any unwanted microbes. It's wise to change clothes and shower between barns, and to have separate footwear for each farm you visit. Bleach and heat both do a great job of disinfecting clothing and shoes, and it's simple to prevent the spread of infection just by keeping things clean.

It's also important to monitor your own horses closely, especially if they have been traveling or otherwise in contact with other horses from outside your home barn. Take temperatures frequently, and keep a close eye on your animals so that you can catch any changes in condition or behavior as soon as possible. If EHV-1 is in your area and your horse has a temperature greater than 101, call your vet immediately!

Even if there is no immediate threat of a deadly virus outbreak, good biosecurity protocol can help prevent these types of outbreaks from happening. When new horses arrive at your farm, it's always smart to quarantine them away from other animals for a short period of time. When you are out and about at shows, trail rides, or lessons, don't allow your horse to touch noses with strange equines.  Get your horses vaccinated on a regular schedule, and ask your vet about ways to keep your horses healthy.

Our extensive knowledge of the eastern PA horse properties for sale market allows us to guide our clients intelligently. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or invest, we have one mission – to provide you with exceptional customer service throughout the entire transaction. We assist buyers and sellers within the following eastern Pennsylvania counties:

For sellers, we also offer property evaluations and have acquired the knowledge over the years of how to effectively perform an accurate market analysis of PA horse farms for sale, general farms and PA back yard horse properties. Please give us a call today or fill out our online contact form and let us know how we can best assist you with your eastern PA horse property real estate needs!

Cindy Stys, Broker/owner
The Premier Equine Realty Firm Serving Eastern PA
Tel.: 610-849-1790
720 Smith Hill Rd
Stroudsburg, PA 18360