Howling Ridge Radio Tonight

Join Ginger Kathrens, Craig Downer and Elyse Gardner for an update on the DC Rally and the Pigeon fever outbreak in Fallon.

Please join us tonight, March 31st at 9:00pm Eastern time by logging on to our radio show page which can be found here. You can also dial in at  (718) 664-6596.

We will take questions during the last 20 minutes of the show, however, the show only runs for 90 minutes. Please press ‘1’ on your phone to ‘raise’ your hand so we know you would like to ask a question.


9 Responses to “Howling Ridge Radio Tonight”



    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Here is the brief vet report, mar;

      Pigeon Fever at Indian Lakes Road Facility in Fallon, NV
      Veterinarian report prepared by: Richard Sanford, DVM. NV# 565
      Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis: bacteria which is found in the soil, is most likely transmitted by biting flies and has a very long incubation period (weeks – months). The disease has nothing to do with pigeons. The name comes from the large chest abscesses that some horses can get, which look like the large breast of a pigeon. (Also known as “Dryland Distemper” or “Pigeon Breast”)
      Of the Calico Complex horses gathered from December 29, 2009 – February 4, 2010, approximately 2 percent of the 1,922 horses received at the facility showed clinical signs of healed chest abscesses from recent Pigeon Fever infection and .25 percent to .50 percent showed more recent or currently were infected with Pigeon Fever.
      As of March 31, 2010, at the Indian Lakes Road facility, Pigeon Fever is still noted at the .25 percent to .50 percent rate, mostly found in the juvenile horses. The incidence of Pigeon Fever at the Indian Lakes Facility is at the same percentages that exist on the Calico Complex. The chest swellings range from golf ball size to grapefruit size. Fly season occurs at the end of summer. Therefore, it is expected that incidents of Pigeon Fever will decrease over time. Disease may or may not reoccur during the 2010 fly season based on environmental factors, such as temperatures, precipitation levels, soil conditions, fly conditions, etc. It is noted that California had severe Pigeon Fever conditions during the 2009 fly season. It is speculated those conditions apply to Nevada as well.
      Horses housed at the Indian Lakes Road facility that have active Pigeon Fever are being monitored. No treatments have been administered to date. Abscesses have all resolved without treatment. No deaths or complications have been associated with infection. Based on 25 years of past experience with wild horses and burros, Pigeon Fever can exist in many of our wild herds depending on current year environmental conditions.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      At the pigeon fever post Barb and Jan say there are plants they can eat… mar

  2. Jan Eaker Says:

    I will be there tonight, Craig, thank you for the new lawsuit, I pray that these horses are returned soon,

  3. Jan Eaker Says:

    I am listening right now and am just SO angry,

  4. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    I got to hear most of it tonight, the first time in ages. I think Lisa Norman’s petition comes from research that people did when we were trying to find a way to charge the roundup perpetrators with abuse under state laws. I am so glad she acted on it and created a petition. She indicated people from all over the world and country have already signed. It is at Care2 and you write in Charge Salazar into the little search blank in the corner to find petitions.

    The one thing I had considered calling in and talking more about was what Ginger called “Building bridges” which we need to do. Some of the work advocates are hoping to do is to create programs that will involve people with the horses in ways similar to Pryor Mountain where viewing the horses can be done. Ther are many activities that americans can become involved in with the wild herds in the future… mar

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    It was also mentioned that there is anew link to the ‘Gather activity Updates’ to the vet report about Pigeon fever… mar

  6. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Is there a new lawsuit?

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