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Wild horse and burro adoption event in Hamilton is under quarantine

by Perry Backus as published on Ravalli Republic

The quarantine was put in place as a precaution after one of the horses brought to the event died and another was euthanized Thursday…

The mustangs and wild burros, like these shown in a file photo, slated for adoption at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds are currently under a Bureau of Land Management self-imposed quarantine, but the public can still come and view them.

The mustangs and wild burros slated for adoption at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds are currently under a Bureau of Land Management self-imposed quarantine.

The quarantine was put in place as a precaution after one of the horses brought to the event died and another was euthanized Thursday after showing signs of severe colic and endotoxemia. Endotoxemia can be caused by toxins entering a horse’s bloodstream, which can lead to shock, inflammation and death.

BLM officials are working with a local veterinary hospital and animal health officials to investigate the cause of the problem.

All of the other 98 horses and burros that were brought in for the event appear to be healthy. Officials said there was no reason to believe the problem will extend to the other animals, but they won’t be moved until they have a clean bill of health.

BLM’s Montana and Dakotas wild horse program lead Jerrie Bertola said people can still come the fairgrounds, look at the horses and burros, and fill out the adoption paperwork if they are interested in adopting one.

“We still have people showing up and looking at the animals,” Bertola said. “Our hope is that we will get the green light that everything is good and we can coordinate with people to pick up the animals they are interested in.

“The public has been very understanding and supportive,” she said. “We really couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

The horses and burros could be viewed up to 6 p.m. Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

The horses and burros that are not adopted will be available to the public at a future adoption event.

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  1. Here is what I read:
    Endotoxemia in Horses. The presence of endotoxins in the blood is referred to as endotoxemia. These toxins are generally due to the presence of certain types of bacteria in the horse’s gut that have breached the gut wall and entered the blood stream.
    Bacterial disease occurs when a horse’s immune system is weakened and the bacteria is able to replicate and spread in the horse’s body. The source of bacteria is usually contaminated water, food or feces.
    Question: Where has BLM been keeping these wild horses? The Bruneau feed lot?

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  2. Mustangs and burros headed to Hamilton for adoption event

    Jun 16, 2019

    The horses offered for adoption at Hamilton will come from Oregon and California. The burros will be brought in from Utah.

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  3. This was in a letter to the editor

    Hoeing the hoary for horses
    Jane Lambert, Stevensville
    Jun 15, 2019

    Many of you will remember my letters from last year, warning of the dangers hoary allysum has for horse’s health. They are many, and they are serious when ingested either in hay or in the pasture. Our roadsides are covered with it – the mowing has done a tremendous job of spreading the weed seeds.

    What’s to be done? Do we just watch as it becomes our toxic version of knapweed? What is the matter with you people? No one likes excessive chemical use in our environment, yet, if we don’t get a handle on this, strong chemical use will be the only viable solution.
    How about forming a new, and very useful association – “Hoeing the Hoary for Horses.” 3-H, instead of 4-H. Here’s a job opportunity for anyone looking for work. Get a shirt, get a cap, get a hoe at a yard sale, some pamphlets describing the weed, and plastic bags at the dollar store. Small investment for a big business opportunity. Knock on some doors where hoary alyssum is present on the roadsides, and offer to rid their property of the scourge for a fee. Maybe people have more money than time, since they aren’t hoeing themselves.

    If you don’t want to pay a 3-H worker for this job, then pull your head out of the dark place, and do it yourself. This weed spread is going kill horses, drive up the price of hay, increase our chemical exposure and have a negative impact on our economy. Quit sitting on your butt watching it take over and do something. If everyone took care of weeds on their property, and the adjoining roadsides, this could be stopped in its tracks. It would have been easier 10 years ago, when I first sounded the alarm, but it is still not impossible to control it.
    Now is the time to do it, before it has developed 2500 seeds — seeds which are viable for nine years. Hoe it, bag it and dispose of it. Do not ignore it until it has formed its seeds, and the county mower sows it over more valley roadsides.
    Join up now! No dues, no meetings, no discrimination, as all are welcome to participate. Become a proud member of the 3-H. Hoe a weed, Save a horse.
    — Jane Lambert, founder, supporter of 3-H, Stevensville

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