Fatal horse virus taking economic toll in Colorado | AspenTimes.com

Fatal horse virus taking economic toll in Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – The outbreak of a fatal horse virus is taking a toll on horse shows, auctions and other events.

Colorado now has nine confirmed cases, 22 suspected cases and 12 facilities quarantined in eight counties in Colorado. Horse owners are hesitant to take their horses anywhere, forcing horse shows to cancel events.

Colorado State Fair organizers have voluntarily canceled three horse events in Pueblo and other horse events across the state are being canceled or delayed.

According to The Denver Post, Colorado’s horse industry is estimated at $1.6 billion.

Of the total economic impact of Colorado’s 256,000 horses, about $94 million is generated by racing, $587 million from showing, $607 million from recreation and $276 million from other activities, according to the American Horse Council.

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