Bacterial Infectious Disease … Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, AKA Pigeon Fever in Horses

FYI
This was featured by a Texas co-host of a Driving Pairs and Multiples website ( with Noel Jones: gedeckt@usit.net )
( Helen Garza Roeder: sunshinefarm@earthlink.net )
http://groups.google.com/group/drivingpairs/topics

Any of our followers with experience about this disease in Horses, please weigh in…
And a “for your information” for our friends in the equine community.
Thanks to Helen Roeder for bringing it to peoples’ attention; and to Kanoe Durdan for information re the disease and treatments in the northwest.

For those people who drive, but not multiples, it is still a worthwhile website and Daily Digest of postings…
Sometimes it is fairly quiet; other times it bursts with information and comments.

www.DrivingPairs.com

From Helen Garza Roeder: Driving Pairs Digest/Website:

Dear driving friends,

This is not driving related except that one of my driving mares got this crud!

Pigeon Fever was bad around my area last fall and winter. This morning a friend told me RFTV had a program on the outbreaks in Arkansas and Louisiana, so it’s moving east and perhaps north too because there was news about this disease in Oklahoma, which is only about a ten minute drive from me here in North Texas.

If you haven’t heard about this insidious bacterial disease, you might want to learn about it and how to tell if your animals have it. Like the article says, when I first saw my mare come in the barn with two huge “lumps” on her chest, I was certain she’d been kicked. As it turned out, she had Pigeon Fever.

I opted NOT to surgically lance her abscesses and treat her with “bute” and smear ichtamol on her after cleaning the infected area, as my vet instructed. Worked fine but took forever to run its course. Have a friend who opted to lance and put her infected animal on antibiotics. Not sure if anyone knows for sure which is the best method of treatment.

There is a link in the article to more detailed information. Also information about kits for events.

Helen Roeder

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“Pigeon Fever” in Horses Update

Contrary to what the name might imply, pigeons have nothing to do with transmission of the equine disease known as “pigeon fever”, which is also called Dryland Distemper. “Pigeon Fever” causes abscesses and swelling in the horse’s pectoral region (breast muscles) causing a “pigeon-like” appearance, and is caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Pigeon fever is most common in dry areas of the Western United States, but cases diagnosed in other parts of the country may be on the increase.

Cases of pigeon fever tend to be seen more in summer and fall but can happen anytime of the year. While the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) regulates a number of equine and livestock diseases, the TAHC has no specific authority to regulate pigeon fever and therefore does not require vets to report cases. However, the TAHC has noted an upswing in calls and questions about this disease. The Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory obtained over 350 positive cultures for C. pseudotuberculosis in 2011 compared with less than 100 cases each year from 2005-2010. The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M diagnosed more than 4 times as many cases in 2011 compared with 2010. A number of factors could be at play, including the recent severe drought, as well as fly activity.

Horses affected by pigeon fever can show a variety of signs including fever, weight loss, swelling of the breast muscles or ventral abdomen (belly), and other areas of the body. Abscesses caused by the disease are usually external, and so the swelling is visible. Less commonly, the abscesses form inside the horse’s body where they are more difficult to detect. Treatment of horses with internal abscesses can be difficult, with major complications possible. Prompt veterinary care greatly increases treatment success and reduces complications in any case of pigeon fever.

It is important to realize the bacteria can live for extended periods of time in dry soil. Research shows that flies carry the disease and are crucial to transmission, so good fly control is a must. Basic sanitation is also critical – affected horses should be isolated, and abscess drainage (pus) should be disposed of properly. The draining material contains large amounts of the bacteria and contaminates the area around the horse, potentially spreading the disease. It is also important to promptly treat any wounds that could become contaminated by flies or dirt.

Because of this infectious disease and many others that can affect your horse, the TAHC encourages you to call your veterinarian at the first sign of any illness or injury.

Additionally, if you organize an equine event, pigeon fever is one of many infectious diseases for which planning is encouraged. The California Department of Agriculture recently released a helpful Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events. They include tips to prevent the spread of abscess diseases like pigeon fever and strangles, as well as a wide variety of other infectious diseases. The toolkit is available online athttp://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/pdfs/Biosecurity_Toolkit_Part_2.pdf
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) also has information about pigeon fever available at http://www.aaep.org/health_articles_view.php?id=358

The TAHC thanks Dr. Piper Norton of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for her assistance with this update.

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)
2105 Kramer Lane
Austin, Texas 78758
800-550-8242

Kanoe Durdan Godby kanoedurdan@gmail.com  weighed in on the Digest with a comment re the Pacific Northwest:

Horses here in Central Oregon get it every summer/fall. One thing our vets
emphasize is fly control to keep it at bay. Lancing is the pretty common
treatment here. But you MUST stand them on a tarp or in a wash stall that
you can bleach/sanitize after daily treatments. It is a gross, nasty,
disgusting condition! Thank goodness none of our horses have ever gotten it.

Kanoe

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It is a Chestnut Filly

Sleipnir Carbon Copy and Playday Rebecca are pleased to announce the birth of their little girl, a fine dainty chestnut filly, as yet unnamed.

The little lady has a offside thunderbolt of a connected star, stripe and snip…angling toward her right nostril and a right hind sock and stocking. As John says, “great chrome!”

Her older half-brother and half-sister are also chestnut…one is a darker chocolate chestnut and the other is a lighter red chestnut…so, it will be interesting to see how she sheds out.  Guaranteed that she’ll be eye-catching and a fluid mover.

2012 chestnut filly
Sleipnir Carbon Copy x Playday Rebecca

2012 Chestnut filly (Sleipnir Carbon Copy x Playday Rebecca)

Playday Rebecca
(Stoneholm Taliesin x Stoneholm Alameda)
and her 2012 Chestnut Filly
by Sleipnir Carbon Copy

Both of S. Carbon Copy’s 2012 fillies are offered For Sale.  Each are priced at $2,000.00. Our usual and customary price for filly foals. We are not planning to use Carbon again this year to our mares, as it is Sleipnir Zenith’s turn.  If you want a Carbon baby out of either of these two very nice mares, these fillies will be the only ones from our farm for awhile.  Carbon’s stud fee to outside mares is $1,000.00; live foal guarantee.  He is also For Sale, as we do not need four stallions.  His offering price is $9,900.00

Due to John’s recent significant illness and the tornado damage from the storm March 2, 2012, we have not set a date for our Spring Open House. Visitors are always welcome, with notice please.  Soon, both mothers and fillies will be together in the same paddock.  Great fun to watch!!!!

Below is a photo of Sleipnir Carbon Copy’s other 2012 foal, filly, Sleipnir Star Attraction, and her dam, NEJ Golddust Emma.  “Star” was born a month prior to ‘Becca’s filly.

Sleipnir Star Attraction, Bay 2012 filly (Sleipnir Carbon Copy x NEJ Golddust Emma)

Meet the Sleipnir Stallions: Part 3: Sleipnir Carbon Copy and his Get

 

Sleipnir Carbon Copy (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene, by Breezeway x a Funquest bred dam) is a glorious mahogany Bay Morgan Stallion.

Sleipnir Carbon Copy is 14.3hh, flat-hoofed, no shoes, and trimmed for pasture.

His Stud fee is $1,000.00, live foal guaranteed.

S. Carbon Copy is also For Sale, as we do not need 4 stallions. Carbon is a Full brother to our Black Stallion, Sleipnir Sequoyah. Both are by B-L Rhinestone Kid, our deceased senior stallion. Each is priced at: $9,990.00  Carbon is not rank, or difficult, and is kind to his mares. He could be gelded for use as an amateur horse. He would be superb! Carbon has had professional training for all his basics and has been worked with by amateurs, including our beginner teenaged grand-daughter. He has been extensively ground driven and has been ridden.

Or, purchase his 2012 Bay daughter, Sleipnir Star Attraction, raf (x NEJ Golddust Emma)…for $2,000.00.

NEJ Golddust Emma (Golddust Miner M C x May’s Sweetie) is also for sale for other owners (we have her on a breeding lease). She can be purchased with or without a breeding to one of our stallions. She is the only Black Proven Broodmare ever offered for sale by her owners. Her chestnut sister, NEJ Golddust Alice, is also available, also a Proven Broodmare, and Alice has been used as a various sized ring lesson horse for all of our grand-children.

We are also anticipating the birth of another 2012 foal by Carbon, out of our really wonderful Dark chestnut mare, Playday Rebecca (Stoneholm Taliesin x Stoneholm Alameda). ‘Becca has had many gorgeous foals for other breeders, as well as for us. (see the photos of Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity and Sleipnir Double Feature under Sleipnir Echo’s Finale’s blog posting). Her foal will be available for sale.

All Sleipnir Morgan Horses have their pedigrees listed on www.allbreedpedigree.com ; where you can also do “hypothetical” breedings.

All of our For Sale Horses always have asking prices listed and available. All are current on their vaccinations and wormings, all sell with a current negative Coggins, all have lots of basic ground manners – stand for the farrier, veterinarian, and grooming/handling by amateurs. Many are trained to ride and drive. All maintain a good hoof, are trimmed regularly and cut-down, trimmed for pasture. Only the horses currently stalled in training carry a longer hoof and wear a shoe. Most of the mares and geldings have been pastured together at various points in time. All the stallions have been kept in 200 x 100 open paddocks, as well as stalled at various points in their lives.
Every Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm horse ever sold in our over thirty years of breeding has gone to a permanent loving home.

Our Spring Open House date has not been scheduled due to John’s recovery from his illness and our tornado related rebuilding work. Visitors are always welcome, with notice preferred.

Contact Georgia at 423 284 0899 Cellular and Texts, or Denmanfam@aol.com  and GLDenman@aol.com  for email.

Photos # 2 & # 3: Sleipnir Star Attraction (Sleipnir Carbon Copy x NEJ Golddust Emma) 2012 Bay Filly

NEJ Goldust Emma (Golddust Miner M C x May’s Sweetie) 1996 Black Broodmare for sale for other owners; we have her on breeding lease.

and “Tre” Bayard…

All our foals are magnets for our grandchildren, and others…and are imprinted by and used to children

Sleipnir Carbon Copy - 2000 Stallion
(B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d'Alene)

Meet The Sleipnir Stallions: Part 2: Sleipnir Sequoyah and his Get available

Sleipnir Sequoyah (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene, by Breezeway x a Funquest bred mare) is our 2003 BLACK stallion. He has a fantastic combination of historic bloodlines up close in a modern package.  He is friendly, handsome, athletic, intelligent, close coupled, with good legs, and solid hooves.  He is a proven sire of Black foals.  We have sold his colt/geldings that we had.  We do have a very nice, super friendly 3 year old Black mare of his for sale (Sleipnir HiwasseeSleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma).

Sleipnir Sequoyah is 14.3hh, flat-hooved, no shoes, and trimmed for pasture. 

He is currently in driving training with Travis Olinger, a well-known driving trainer, from a family of well-known East Tennessee horsemen.  Travis may be reached via Email at: atolinger@charter.net or via phone at:  423 341 7930.

Sequoyah’s Stud fee is $1,000.00, live foal guaranteed.

S. Sequoyah is also For Sale, as we do not need Four stallions. Priced at: $9,990.00  He is not rank, or difficult, and is kind to his mares.  He could also be gelded for use as an amateur horse.  He would be spectacular!  He has been ridden.

Sleipnir Hiwassee
(Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma)
2009 Black Mare

Or, purchase his 2009 Black daughter, Sleipnir Hiwassee…for $4,500.00  She has all her basics and is ready to train your way for driving and/or saddle work.  In your pocket friendly, solid hooved, athletic, pretty, intelligent, willing and will make an awesome member of anyone’s breeding program; she can be crossed with any of the older pedigree lines, or with the more currently popular lines.

All Sleipnir Morgan Horses have their pedigrees listed on www.allbreedpedigree.com; where you can also do “hypothetical” breedings.

Our For Sale Morgan Horses always have asking prices listed and available. All are current on their vaccinations and wormings, all sell with a current negative Coggins, all have lots of basic ground manners – stand for the farrier, veterinarian, and grooming/handling by amateurs. Many are trained to ride and drive. All maintain a good hoof, are trimmed regularly and cut-down, trimmed for pasture. Only the horses currently stalled in training carry a longer hoof and wear a shoe. Most of the mares and geldings have been pastured together at various points in time. All the stallions have been kept in 200 x 100 open paddocks, as well as stalled at various points in their lives. 

Every Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm horse ever sold in our over thirty years of breeding has gone to a permanent loving home.

Our Spring Open House date has not been scheduled due to John’s recovery from his illness and our tornado related rebuilding work. Visitors are always welcome, with notice preferred. Contact Georgia at 423 284 0899 Cellular and Texts, or Denmanfam@aol.com and GLDenman@aol.com for email.

Meet the Stallions: Part 1: Sleipnir Echo’s Finale and his Sleipnir-prefixed Get available

Hello

Here is a reference photo of Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation, by B-L Rhinestone Kid).  Echo is our Chestnut stallion.  His sire was a popular show horse and breeding sire. His dam is our very lovely, now retired, former New England and Mid-Atlantic winning Pleasure Driving mare and retired broodmare.  She was also a model in her younger years, gracing the cover of the Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar; and her photo was requested by the AMHA to appear in a volume of the Morgan Horse Registry as an example of an ideal Morgan Mare.  This was when photos were chosen by committee for inclusion in the Registry Volumes, not included as advertizing revenue.

His foals for us and outside breeders have all been people-friendly, easy-going, athletic, intelligent, well-put-together, gorgeous Chestnuts…either red or brown.  He throws a pretty head, solid hooves, close coupled body, good legs, tiny ears and kind eyes.  He has excellent Old Government, Wasseka’s, Orcland via Ulendon, and other top long-term breeding farms in his bloodlines, and he can cross with all of the older style and the currently popular bloodlines…for national caliber show horses, calm and steady carriage driving prospects, and family friendly backyard companions.

Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity (“Bree”) is a Dark Chestnut/Liver Chestnut 2009 mare who is absolutely gorgeous and quite friendly. $7,500.00

Sleipnir Double Feature (“D. F.”) a brownish red chestnut 2010 gelding is not quite as dark as “Bree”; and not as red as “Resonance” but could make a driving pair with either S. Echo’s Celebrity or S. Resonance.  Everyone who sees him cannot wait to see him driving.  $5,000.00

S. Echo’s Celebrity and S. Double Feature are royally bred. Bloodlines to conformation say these horses have beauty, athleticism and talent.  These two are out of Playday Rebecca (Stoneholm Taliesin x Stoneholm Alameda) who has had several really spectacular foals for other breeders as well as for us.  She is currently in foal by Sleipnir Carbon Copy (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene, by Breezeway out of a Funquest bred mare) for 2012.  Due for delivery soon!

Sleipnir Resonance is a redder chestnut/sorrel 2010 gelding, by Echo out of NEJ Golddust Alice, a red chestnut, tall, proven broodmare and lesson horse that looks good under saddle for either a man or a lady.  S. Resonance had an eye injury last Autumn.  His veterinarian will verify that his vision is unaffected, but he does have small residual scarring that will only get smaller as he grows. In light of that, he is for sale for less than the cost of his vet care.  A sweet horse a bit further along in his leading, stabling, etc. due to his injury.  $1,975.00

He has also had Get for another breeder, who has sold his Echo babies as driving horses; and who says his Echo babies are the most pleasant to work with that he has ever had.

Sleipnir Echo’s Finale is 14.3hh, flat-hooved, no shoes, and trimmed for pasture.

His Stud fee is $1,000.00, live foal guaranteed.

All Sleipnir Morgan Horses have their pedigrees listed on www.allbreedpedigree.com; where you can also do “hypothetical” breedings. 

All of our For Sale Horses always have asking prices listed and available.  All are current on their vaccinations and wormings, will sell with a current negative Coggins, all have lots of basic ground manners – stand for the farrier, veterinarian, and grooming/handling by amateurs. Many are trained to ride and drive.  All maintain a good hoof, are trimmed regularly and cut-down, trimmed for pasture.  Only the horses currently stalled in training carry a longer hoof and wear a shoe.  Most of the mares and geldings have been pastured together at various points in time.

Every Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm horse ever sold in our over thirty years of breeding has gone to a permanent loving home. 

Our Spring Open House date has not been scheduled due to John’s recovery from his illness and our tornado related rebuilding work.  Visitors are always welcome, with notice preferred.  Contact Georgia at 423 284 0899 Cellular and Texts, or Denmanfam@aol.com and GLDenman@aol.com for email.

Sleipnir Echo's Finale (Equisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constelaton)

Sleipnir Echo's Celebrity and Sleipnir Double Feature (Sleipnir Echo's Finale x Playday Rebecca)

Sleipnir Resonance (Sleipnir Echo's Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice)

Tornado Damage – Friday, March 2nd

Hello,

To all the folks who have called and written asking us about ourselves and the critters, Thank you, we are all okay.

We had a lot of fenceline and treeline damage, and have had to move some of the horses in to different smaller paddocks…but none were injured.  Lots of cleanup to do, but we are incredibly Blessed.  One of our neighbors lost the whole roof to her home; and several farmers in the area have had damage to the barns and outbuildings, as well as to their homes.  Our hearts go out to all of them.  Elizabeth and Caitrin’s families are all ok too. In Caitrin’s neighborhood, only her house and her next door neighbor’s were undamaged. 

Our major loss was our organic greenhouse. It is a total loss.  Most of the plants have been lost to the storm; but some will survive.

Our greenhouse was destroyed in the tornado of March 2, 2012

Meet the Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm Geldings, Part 2 of 2: Two 2 y/o Chestnut Geldings: Sleipnir Double Feature and Sleipnir Resonance

Two 2010 Geldings and Two 2009 Mares running in pasture

Meet Sleipnir Double Feature (D F) and Sleipnir Resonance, our two 2010 red chestnut/sorrel Morgan geldings.  In the picture above from Front to Rear, it is S. Resonance, S. Double Feature; then two 2009 mares: S. Hiwassee, a black mare by Sleipnir Sequoyah and S. Echo’s Celebrity (a full sister to D F).

Sleipnir Double Feature (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca)  (“D F”).  D F is the essence of all that we hoped for from a cross between Echo and Rebecca.  He is intelligent, athletic, handsome, friendly and willing to please, with a great way of going.  He is royally bred with a pedigree filled with athletic, people-friendly, and beautifully formed ancestors.  He should mature around 15hh+/-.  He has all the talent and temperament for a multitude of disciplines; either as a National level, Class A caliber show horse in Pleasure Driving, a fancy friendly family horse, or an athletic competitive carriage driving horse.  S. Double Feature could be paired with either S. Resonance or S. Echo’s Celebrity.  Like all our horses, we have every reason to keep him; but we sell our best, and with John still recovering from his foot wound/infection that he acquired while attending the 2011 W/GN MHS in OKC, we are not able to devote the attention to our herd that they deserve.  Everyone who sees this guy wants to get driving him!! and by Fall, he’ll be ready to saddle. Get him now, and train him your way. He is priced at $5,000.00, and we would prefer a home where he will be able to be fully utilized to his best advantage.

Sleipnir Resonance (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice) Resonance is slightly redder chestnut than Double Feature (D F); but still close enough to be a pair. He is super friendly, and comes right to the fence for bits of carrots and to be scratched.  Resonance is also by “Echo” and out of one of our  favorite producing mares, “Alice”.  Alice is a great mother, easy to breed, and to deliver, and nice to work around her foals. She is also a great horse for beginner riders of any age for in the schooling rings.  She is tall enough for a man, and pretty enough for a woman, and has been a lesson horse for all our grand-children, plus others.  (She is available For Sale by her owners; we have her on lease). Resonance had an eye injury earlier last Autumn, but has completely recovered.  His veterinarian is available to confirm that his vision is unaffected.  The flaw does lead us to price him slightly lower than he would usually be: at $1,975.00.  He should mature to the same range as DF.   Alice’s foals have been sold for breeding stock as well as permanent members of family farms.  Resonance is a bit further in his handling training due to his eye injury, and need to be handled and stalled.  People who have worked around him will agree that he is a sweetheart with tons of potential in various disciplines, singly or as a pair.

Either singly, as a possible pair, or combined with any of our other offered horses, S. Double Feature and Sleipnir Resonance, would make friendly and athletic additions to anyone’s stable or paddocks.  For those buyers that prefer red and brown chestnut/sorrel to other coat colors, they would be a treasure.  These fellows are ready to train to drive your way, or soon enough will be ready for saddle training for the Fall.

They are current on their vaccinations, have negative Coggins, and are ready to travel.  S. Resonance has been trailered several times, and been stalled at different places, and in a large pasture with company of various ages. D F has been in a couple different stalls, but mostly in a large pasture where he can run and play, with and without Resonance, and with horses of various ages.  Both gentlemen stand for the veterinarian and the farrier and for basic grooming.  They were imprinted as foals, and can be pastured with other horses, young and older.

All Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm members of the Herd have their pedigrees listed on www.allbreedpedigree.com