For a number of years now there have been isolated cases of the EHV-1 Virus haunting the horse world. The recent outbreak that started at the Cutting horse show in Utah is by far the worst and the deadliest.

What can we do? As horse owners we need to take precautions to protect our horses. One simple way to keep our horses safe is by not sharing horse equipment. I’ve done it myself in the past, but I won’t do it now – don’t share horse tack unless you clean it. Buy each of your horses their own bridles and bits. That is best anyway because you usually have to adjust the size if you share between horses. Each horse should have its own saddle pad and saddle. Again, that just makes good sense and each horse has different conformation so you probably need different saddles to fit your different horses.

Check out this article that talks about taking the EHV-1 outbreak as a wake up call to practice defensive horse keeping. I learned a few things. Maybe it will save a horse.