By Tristan Ahtone
Laramie, Wyo. – The College National finals Rodeo kicked off in Casper and authorities are staying vigilant for outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus-1.
EHV1 outbreaks have occurred in several western states over the last few months. And the virus can cause respiratory problems in horses, and some variants of the disease can attack the animals nervous system.
College Rodeo Commissioner Roger Walters says to combat EHV1 Rodeo officials have implemented sanitation rules and are following state veterinarian rules for horses entering the state.
"They required a 72 hour health certificate with a temperature before they enter our facility," says Walters. "Every horse had that or was not unloaded until that horse went to a veterinarian."
Walters says state rules have helped prevent any outbreaks so far. And he also says that the EHV1 outbreak doesn't seem to have affected rodeo attendance.