Equine Herpes Virus

Dear ApHC Members,

With reported cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in some Western states, it is appropriate to be vigilant for symptoms of this disease which is contagious among horses (but not transmittable to humans).The Equine Herpes Virus can affect the respiratory, reproductive, and nervous systems causing a wide variety of diseases.

You may have heard about facilities being quarantined and events cancelled. The ApHC does not currently intend to issue any directive to regional clubs that would compel you to cancel approved shows, nor is there any consideration of cancelling the National Show/Youth World Show in Tulsa at this time. Along with other equine groups, we urge caution and extra care when introducing new horses to your facility, traveling to equine events and in observing the health condition of horses at home.

Visit the American Association of Equine Practitioners website for “infectious disease control” guidelines ( There are also useful updates and resources available on the National Cutting Horse Association site, . You may also want to monitor information coming from your State Veterinarian. We received an update/advisory from the State of Idaho with advice and precautions, so we’ll assume that most states are doing the same.


  1. debbie Said,

    May 17, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    you may want to check out a report up on the cnn wbsite about a show out here in bakersfield where a horse(s)from the Utah show were entered and they had to put down at least one horse due to the virus ……… vet quoted in the article said up to 200 horses at that event could have been exposed………..

  2. Debbie Said,

    May 18, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    My understanding is that the quarter horse and paint horse associations are going to start requiring a negative Herpes Virus test at a certain time period prior to arriving at a show — similar to the Coggins test. Is the Appaloosa Horse Association considering something similar? I think we should

  3. Kathy R. Said,

    May 23, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    I can’t say for certain that it will CURE equine herpes; but, if I had a horse who either had it or had potentially been exposed to it, I’d be making colloidal silver by the gallon and keeping in in the water bucket. I don’t sell anything to do with it; but, I swear by the stuff and saved one of my dogs with it when my vet had given up hope. All it takes to make it yourself is: the .9999 silver wire (which lasts a long time), distilled water, a glass container, 2 alligator clips, and an AC/DC converter (preferably in the 28 to 32V output range, the lower the mA the better; but, in a pinch, I’ve even used a 12V adapter – it just takes longer.) A red laser pointer is also handy for checking to see if “it’s done.” Don’t “overcook” thinking that it’ll make it stronger – smaller sized particals absorb better internally. If you happen to overcook a batch, set it back for treating cuts, sores, etc. Big pharma HATES this stuff and does everythng it can to try to discredit it; but, it really IS the best antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal on the planet! There are NO drug interactions and NO resistant strain related problems. The ONLY potential side-effect is something called argeria, which is purely cosmetic. Obviously, I’d also use anything the vet gave me; but, I’d be “slamming” the horse with colloidal silver at the same time. Why let any animal die just because the pharmacutical companies can’t get rich on something that works better than what WILL make them rich??? For more information, just do a search of “colloidal silver.” Please paste a copy of this on any other relevant forums. Even if you don’t use it yourself, it might save someone else’s “fur-kid.”

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