I appreciate the Heralds continuing coverage of the equine herpes virus. What I feel has not been conveyed is the sadness and devastation felt by the cutting horse community and beyond.
I was in Ogden, Utah, with a friend who was competing at the Western National Championships. After the show, when word started traveling about affected horses, it was as if these horsemen and women collectively held their breath and shared their prayers, waiting for the required weeks to go by to see whether or not their friends or their horses were affected.
I am sure it was very difficult to cancel so many horse shows of all types, probably at great expense. One has to appreciate the responsible choices made by those involved for the safety of their animals.
My heart goes out to those whose horses had to be put down. These are not merely animals, but huge investments of time and money, and also well-loved and hardworking companions.
Im thankful that the worst of it seems to have passed. Please help support your local chapters of cutting, reining, roping and rodeoing folks by attending area shows. Spend some time to learn and appreciate, as I have, all that goes in to training and showing these beautiful animals.
Barbara Powers, Durango