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Horse on the loose

This mini horse escaped his home on 18 Mile in Nelson Township and headed to town last Friday, December 16. Gizmo is shown here with his owner, Ann Hughes. Post photo by J. Reed.

This mini horse escaped his home on 18 Mile in Nelson Township and headed to town last Friday, December 16. Gizmo is shown here with his owner, Ann Hughes. Post photo by J. Reed.

It’s not something you see every day—a mini horse traveling down the streets of Cedar Springs on his own.

But that was the case last Friday morning, when a 911 caller reported seeing a  pony loose at the intersection of Main and Muskegon Street, and dispatch reported he was skittish around vehicles. Soon after he was reported on First Street, where some quick thinking gentlemen captured him in the parking lot across from Sue’s Kountry Kitchen.

The animal’s owner, Ann Hughes, of Nelson Township, arrived soon after to retrieve the four-year-old mini horse, whose name is Gizmo. Another gentleman there in the parking lot was trying to find a trailer to haul the animal back home again for her when the Post left the scene.

The amazing thing is how far the mini horse traveled—the owner said they live on 18 Mile Road, between Shaner and Ritchie, so it came quite a ways on its own! We are glad Gizmo was recovered safely, and we wish him and his family a merry Christmas!


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Sand Lake woman’s horse captures title



The horse named Born Hot Feelin Good captured the first-place Intermediate title in senior hunter under saddle at the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Open World Championship Show on Friday, November 22 in Oklahoma City. The first-place Intermediate horse is owned by Deanna Bailey of Sand Lake, Michigan, and was shown by Amber Hanson of Byron, Michigan.

Born Hot Feelin Good is a 2006 red roan gelding. Born Hot Feelin Good, sired by Born To Be Blazing and out of Good Graces, was bred by Kristin Rinkenberger of Morton, Illinois.

The Intermediate awards program is designed to recognize exhibitors who have never placed in the top 10 at an AQHA world show in the particular class in which they are competing. Intermediate exhibitor status is based only on an exhibitor’s lifetime, combined world show record, not on the number of points he/she has accumulated. Intermediate accomplishments will appear on the official records of the horse and exhibitor. Intermediate first-place winners in each class receive an 8-inch clear globe.


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Horse owners reminded to vaccinate for mosquito-borne diseases

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus cases could be worse this year

Lansing – The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s State Veterinarian Dr. Steven Halstead today reminded horse owners to vaccinate against mosquito-borne illnesses and prevent mosquito exposure to themselves and horses during this year’s rainy season and warm weather months.  Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is suspected of being the cause of 129 out of 133 horse deaths in 2010, 56 of the deaths were laboratory confirmed; and West Nile Virus (WNV), another mosquito-borne illness has been found in Michigan in past years.  Both can affect humans, birds, deer and horses.

“The viruses circulate in mosquito and bird populations throughout the spring and early summer, and gradually spill over to horses, and potentially to humans,” said Halstead. “Owners should plan to vaccinate horses now to protect them against these diseases. Michigan typically sees an increase in the number of cases of EEE and WNV in late summer and early fall each year.”

EEE, commonly called sleeping sickness, and WNV are both caused by specific viruses found in wild birds. Mosquitoes that feed on birds carrying EEE or WNV can transmit the disease to horses and humans. Some birds are able to harbor the viruses without becoming acutely ill, thereby serving as reservoirs for the diseases.
Clinical signs of both viruses in horses include: depression, fever, muzzle weakness, the horse is often down and unable to get up, sweating, dehydration, seizing, grimacing, not feeding, head down, stumbling, blindness and circling.

“We encourage diagnostic testing because EEE and WNV can look like rabies and while rabies is not very common in horses, rabies is contagious from infected horses to people,” Halstead said.  “Horses do not develop high enough levels of EEE or WNV in their blood to be contagious to other animals or humans; however, vaccinations against EEE, WNV and rabies are always critical to protect horse health.”

Horse owners should follow these tips to prevent mosquito-borne illness:

  • Vaccinate your horses. Inexpensive vaccines for EEE and WNV are readily available and should be repeated at least annually. It is never too late to vaccinate horses. Talk to your veterinarian for details.


  • Use approved insect repellants to protect horses.


  • If possible, put horses in stables, stalls, or barns during the prime mosquito exposure hours of dusk and dawn.


  • Eliminate standing water, and drain troughs and buckets at least two times a week.


For more information about WNV or EEE in horses, contact MDARD’s Animal Industry Division at 517-373-1077 or visit www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.

MDARD encourages horse owners to report suspect cases to the department at 517-373-1077 or, after hours, at 1-800-292-3939. When disease surveillance begins, weekly updates of affected animals will be posted on the Emerging Diseases website at www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.

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