Breaking News: There’s a Horse Herpes Outbreak!!

When we think of horses, what generally comes to mind are picturesque thoughts of stallions trotting along the great American West or peaceful images of a lone cowboy riding off into the dusty sunset on his trusted steed. We want our idea of a horse to be romantic. But not the kind of romance that contracts STDs…


OKLAHOMA CITY – Horse owners across the state are on high alert following the news of a horse testing positive for Equine Herpes Virus.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry has learned that a horse from Texas has tested positive for the wild type strain of Equine Herpes Virus.

“This horse competed recently at the Better Barrel Races World Finals in Oklahoma City April 26 to 29th and also a barrel racing event in Taylor, Texas on May 5,” Dr. Michael Herrin said.

That honestly doesn’t surprise me.  Major sporting events are hotbeds of sexual activity. The 2018 Winter Olympics holds the record for the most condoms ever handed out to participants. Why would the Better Barrel Races World Finals be any different?  They say “hung like a horse” for a reason.

“We do not know when or where this horse may have first started shedding virus, but out of an abundance of caution we want to make horse owners, event managers, and veterinarians aware of this situation.”

Can you imagine having the awkward conversation of informing another owner that your horse gave their horse herpes? Now I know that the Equine Herpes Virus is not really spread sexually in horses and is probably a serious issue. But that’s not going to stop me from imagining some horse answering a phone call from Mr. Ed that informs her that she probably needs to get tested, of course, of course.

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