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Case of equine infectious anemia found in Alberta

The potentially fatal equine disease can be hard to spot but horse owners should be on guard

Horse owners are being warned to be on the watch after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently confirmed a case of equine infectious anemia in Strathcona County. But the federally reportable disease can be hard to spot, the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian said in a news release. “Infected animals may show few […] Read more

Horse owners asked to complete survey on emergency plans

Survey closes Nov. 23

Horse owners are being asked to take a survey on their emergency preparedness so both they and others in the equine sector are better prepared to handle a crisis situation. “The importance of developing an equine emergency structure for Alberta was demonstrated recently with the wildfires in Fort McMurray,” the Alberta Equestrian Federation said in […] Read more


Krista Critch was one of many volunteers who helped to save horses and pets from the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Horses and pets not forgotten in Fort McMurray rescue effort

There was an overwhelming effort to rescue and care for horses and pets in the wake of the devastating fire

The outpouring of support for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire was overwhelming — and so was the effort to rescue and care for horses from the area. Krista Critch was one of many volunteers who dropped everything to help save horses and pets at the height of the crisis. She had driven up […] Read more

New equine biosecurity guide for horse events

Free guide aimed at reducing the spread of infectious diseases such as strangles, equine herpes virus, and ringworm

The Alberta Equestrian Federation and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association have partnered to create biosecurity guidelines that aim to limit the risk of horses contracting diseases at horse events. “We all want to keep our horses healthy,” says Mikki Shatosky, the equestrian federation’s project manager for its equine biosecurity outreach program. “Disease outbreaks not only […] Read more