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Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) now a Federal requirement - takes effect March 11, 2013.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instituted its Animal Disease Traceability Program (ADTP) to improve its ability to trace livestock, including horses, in the event of a disease outbreak. The new system applies to all livestock moving interstate.

Under the new federal regulations, horses moving interstate must be identified and accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI). The new system is built on methods of identification and movement documentation that are already employed in the horse industry, e.g., written descriptions, digital photographs, brands, tattoos, electronic identification methods, and interstate certificates of veterinary inspection. The person or entity responsible for moving the horse interstate must ensure that it has an ICVI or other document (if other document is accepted by both sending and receiving states) required by the new rule.

The ADTP will be administered by the states with federal support. The new rules also apply to movements to and from a Tribal area. In those cases, the Tribal authorities are involved in the system.
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 Box Elder Plant -Toxic

Equus (March 2013) that box elder is fatally toxic to horses.  This was only recently discovered; it is not in any of my books on plants toxic to horses. It causes “Seasonal pasture myopathy” previously thought to be caused by another plant.  Symptoms are sudden stiffness caused by muscle damage, followed by respiratory and cardiac paralysis and death within 72 hours.

Box elder (acer negundo) is also known as boxelder maple, ash-leafed maple, or river maple, and tends to grow in damp areas.  Recommendation of course is to remove box elders from pastures, and be aware that heavy wind can blow the seed pods down some distance from the tree.

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American Farriers Journal

Here are links to the Journal and articles on soring.  

  By Frank Lessiter, Publisher/Editor


Part 1 - Soring:  Disgraceful Practice Continues

Part 2 - Pressure Mounts to End Soring

Part 3 -Serious Challenges to End Soring

Part 4 - Turning Up the Heat

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