Long Distance Travel and Show Ground Health Techniques, Dr. Sarah Jane Owens, DVM, MRCVS

by WSHJA Horse Welfare December 21, 2012 in Education

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Dr. Sarah Jane Owens founded Owens Equine in Issaquah WA in 2009. She brings a lifetime of sport 

horse expertise to the area, as well as cutting edge diagnostics. She has hauled her own horses to

California many times, as well as shipped them between North and South America and Europe. She

was involved in pre-Olympic prep of team members for the USA for the Sydney Olympics, and for

Great Britain for the Athens Olympics. Dr. Owens has also cared for teams of up to 40 polo ponies who

played on up to three continents per year at high levels. While working in Wellington FL, the ‘Florida

Crud’ as well as South American diseases like screwworm and Piroplasmosis were a constant fear for

horses coming from all over the country to compete in polo, showjumping, and dressage. At FEI level

competitions, Dr. Owens has been involved in barn biosecurity and quarantine and pre-competition

health screening.

 

Many of us are about to join the big parade down to Thermal California or other sunny climes to give our riding aspirations solid footing for the winter.

Recently, very public disease outbreaks at large show gatherings have put travel health at the forefront

of our concerns. The combination of immune suppression due to stress and the physiological obstacles

faced by the respiratory system during travel make keeping horses healthy a particular challenge.  

 

Dr. Owens contributed these slides (with valuable links including required biosecurity measures  for 2013 HITS Thermal Shows) to help raise membership awareness of challenges and best practices to maintain your horses' health when shipping to, and while at, competition show grounds.