Auction for Van Gils Training Centre

Help Denise and her horses battle EHV1

Proceeds of all auctions will go towards Denise to help her through this incredibly tough time.

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In the middle of a pandemic, Van Gils Show Training has also been dealing with strangles for months. As if that wasn’t hard enough, she now has been confronted with the deadly EHV1 virus. This virus can manifest in three different forms, ranging from a mild cold to mares aborting to severe neurological issues, also called EHM. The latter is one of the most feared viruses within any horse community, and the one Denise and her beloved horses are now facing. Horses with EHM will suffer from progressing paralysation of the hind end, including an inability to defecate or urinate, which in turn can ultimately result in rupture of the bladder or intestines. There is no cure. Treatment is focused on keeping horses on their feet, lowering the fever, urinary catheterization to prevent bladder rupture, keeping the immune system optimal, and general support. Horses that are ill need to be isolated to prevent the highly contagious virus from spreading. 

One horse has already been euthanized, several others have tested positive for EHM and are suffering from neurological symptoms. Vet bills are pouring in. Quarantine stalls are costing a fortune. Many supplements are needed to give the horses the best chance possible. And all this while not having been able to work for months… 

Denise loves her ‘babies’ so deeply, client horses and her own horses alike. She needs all the help she can get right now, to get through this nightmare.