Help Needed for Equine Brand Inspections

Representative Judy Boyle will be introducing a Bill soon that will eliminate the need to get a Brand Inspection on equine in Idaho .She did not make the industry aware of

this bill , nor why she felt the need to try and eliminate Brand Inspections for Equine in Idaho.

Please contact Representative Boyle and your legislature representative.

It’s important the Industry for the following reasons to continue to have Brand Inspections. Please post on face book pages and email your equine friends and please

Call or email your representatives.

Representative   Judy Boyle Judy Boyle
Home (208) 355-3225
Bus (208) 355-3225
FAX (208) 355-3225
Value of Brand Inspections

Brands are livestock’s return address.  They are important because:

  • They provide evidence of ownership
    • They deter theft
    • They enable brand inspectors and law enforcement personnel to return stolen or missing livestock to their owners
    • They help resolve conflicts over ownership

Deters theft
• Helps determine ownership
• Enables brand inspectors and law enforcement personnel to return stolen or missing livestock to their owners
• Prevents unlawful sale or transport of livestock
• Facilitates commerce by providing a system of checks and balances that is well understood   and valued in the marketplace
• Helps protect the livestock industry by putting trained personnel in the field to keep an

eye on the industry


Several of our surrounding States require a Brand Inspection  to bring a horse into their State.

In case of a disaster how would we fine our livestock?


If Brand inspection for Equine is eliminated the Idaho Horse Board would no longer be able to grant funds on a yearly basis ..Since 1989 the Idaho Horse Board has granted $478,495.fpr Research, Education and Promotion for Equine Groups  in Idaho .


If she eliminated brand inspections on Equine  then would they  need to reclassify  the definition of livestock as the law now exists. Equine may no longer be classified as “Livestock.”

The Supreme Cowboy Race 2018

2018 Cowboy Race Entry Form

Idaho Horse Expo 2018 and the Idaho Horse Council present
The Supreme Cowboy Race 2018
Riders race against the clock while simultaneously being judged on their ability to negotiate a variety of obstacles throughout the race course. The Supreme Cowboy Race course will challenge rider and horse on their combined technical ability, while providing fun and entertainment for spectators. Come race or come watch, there is a horse involved so it’s a fun time for everyone!
Spectator Information:
Saturday, April 14th – Races start at 10:00 am in the Esther Simplot Arena
Youth, Amateur, and Open classes race for the win, Pro/Ranch Hand class races to determine the top 5 finalists
Sunday, April 15th – Pro/Ranch Hand Finals starts at 9:30 am in the indoor Main Arena
Top 5 Pro/Ranch Hand finalists let it all hang out to go for the win
Racer Information:
Limited to 40 total racers
Pre-Entry postmark deadline is April 7th
Classes: Youth, Amateur, Open, Pro/Ranch Hand
Saturday, April 14th – 8:00 am check in (all classes)
Sunday, April 15th – 8:30 am check in for Pro/Ranch Hand top 5 finalists (only)
See entry form for more details, visit

Neuropathogenic Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed in Idaho Horses

Neuropathogenic Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed in Idaho Horses
Updated 2/8/18 a.m.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has received confirmation of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) diagnosed in horses on a premises in Jerome County and a premises in Gooding County. Both premises are privately owned and now are under quarantine.

EHM is caused by a neuropathogenic strain of equine herpes virus (EHV-1) infection and results in neurological symptoms. One additional premises in Gem County also is under quarantine due to a confirmed EHV abortion in a pregnant mare. An epidemiological investigation is under way for the three premises, but no connection between the operations is apparent. The EHV strain affecting the mare in Gem County was a non-neuropathogenic form, which is known to commonly cause respiratory disease as well as abortion in mares.

EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses. The virus poses no health threat to humans. EHV-1 is present in the environment and found in most horse populations around the world. Horses are typically exposed to the virus at a young age with no serious side effects. Research has not yet determined conclusively why horses with EHV-1 can develop the neuropathogenic strain, EHM.

Symptoms frequently associated with EHM infection in horses include a fever greater than 101.5 F, incoordination, hindquarter weakness, lethargy, incontinence and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and contact with nasal secretions on tack, feed and other surfaces. People can spread the virus to horses through contaminated hands, clothing, shoes and vehicles. There is no licensed equine vaccine to protect against EHM.

“We encourage owners to contact their veterinarian immediately if they observe any symptoms of illness in their horses,” said Dr. Bill Barton, ISDA State Veterinarian. EHM/EHV is a Notifiable Disease to the State Veterinarian in Idaho. Anyone suspecting or confirming a case of EHM/EHV should call (208) 332-8540 or (208) 332-8570 to report cases.

Horses that may have been exposed to EHV often take several days to demonstrate clinical illness and run the risk of shedding the virus undetected. Exposed horses that travel to shows or exhibitions could expose other horses before disease containment can be implemented.

ISDA urges horse owners to incorporate preventative biosecurity measures while transporting or boarding horses at facilities with regular traffic on and off the grounds and especially where horses are likely to come in contact with new horses such as at a racetrack, rodeo or fairgrounds. Several preventative biosecurity measures are important in minimizing a horse’s risk of contracting the virus:

Disinfect stalls before use,
Never share water or feed buckets and tack or grooming equipment,
Avoid unnecessary contact with other horses.

Additionally, people who work at multiple equine facilities should practice biosecurity measures by washing hands and changing footwear and clothing before entering each facility.