Wednesday, March 26, 2014

horses to Saudi Arabia and the European Union

Hello, everybody. We are happy to report that a group of beautiful Arabian mares are in Amsterdam now, waiting for their flight to Damman, Saudi Arabia tomorrow. Thank yous go to our wonderful clients, Othman Alsurab, Mohammed Al Eiban, Aiban Abdurahman Al Aiban and Rami Saleh Balhareth for sharing your lovely horses with us. Many thanks also to Mohammed Ibrahim for his excellent help. And last but not least, thanks to our grooms, Phil Pelch and R. Joe Duncan for accompanying the horses to Amsterdam and to Hans van Dijk for taking them from Amsterdam to Dammam. You are the best and we really appreciate the excellent care that you provide for our clients' horses. Tonight there will be a very precious group of minis flying to Luxembourg. Many thanks to Andre Hunger, Cornelia Schneider, Kim Shawyer and Minka Vheren van Sloan for allowing us the joy of caring for your minis for you. Thank you also to Christina Zeitelhack for your assistance in arranging for the quarantine and to Christiane Toman of EmoTrans for providing the groom to accompany the minis on the flight. Much appreciated! We are gathering horses now for our next quarantine groups for Dammam and Amsterdam. Please let us know what we can do for you. You can reach us by email at Also be sure to take a look at our website, for more information or to fill out a request form.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Equine Distemper (Strangles)

We have heard that many of you are concerned about an outbreak of strangles, also known as equine distemper, at a quarantine facility located here in Texas. We want to reassure you that this disease has not occurred at our facility and we are shipping healthy horses as usual. Here is a little information for you about this highly contagious disease that affects the upper respiratory system of equines. It is caused by the Strepcoccus Equi bacteria and it affects the lymph nodes in the horses' upper respiratory tract. The lymph nodes become swollen and, in advanced cases of the disease, actually become abscessed and eventually rupture and drain. Abscesses can form throughout the body, including the lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys and brain. Strangles is spread through contact with infected horses. It can be spread through food, water and equipment that is shared with infected horses and when the bacteria from nasal discharges and abscesses in infected horses becomes airborne, they can be inhaled by other horses, causing them to contract the disease. While strangles can affect horses of all ages, the younger ones (under five years of age) tend to be more susceptible. It also tends to be more prevalent when the weather is cold and damp. Symptoms usually develop between two and six days after exposure. Horses who are infected with strangles need to be isolated from other horses for between four and six weeks. Treatment for the disease includes antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, intravenous fluids and lancing of abscesses. Hot packs may be applied to swollen and abscessed lymph nodes to reduce the swelling and discomfort. Vaccination against strangles is available, but even vaccinated horses can contract the disease. (source: