Stick Horse Herpes

"The only horses in the arena were in this bucket."

Because of the outbreak, contestants at the Davis County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest had to cowgirl up Thursday night without their mares. Instead of competing on horses, as is typically the case, contestants were asked to trot around the arena with stick horses as their show ponies.

"Instead of using horses, we are testing the girls' knowledge and ability to adapt," she said. "This will test if they know the pattern, but they are disappointed they don't have their real horses."

The contestants still showed their horsemanship, though with a little more effort.

"With a stick horse it's a lot different because you have to do all the work, and I think it's going to be a lot more tiring than with a real horse," said contestant Kylie Felter.

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4 Responses:

  1. Michael Dwyer says:

    I am sad and embarrassed for them. I'm also worried about what this means for some of the more bizarre Colorado equestrian sports. Leadville's springtime won't be the same without horses dragging skiers down main street.

    On the other hand, one of the ski joring competitors said that a horse can cost twice as much as my car or 1/5th of my house. So I can kinda understand why they're being cautious. Skiiers, on the other hand, are a dime a dozen AND can ski with herpes.

    It still sucks.

  2. Ben Morrow says:

    Horse herpes is not sexually transmitted and is not considered a danger for humans

    I feel that could perhaps have been phrased a little better…
    [and why does wp seem to think the date is '27 May 9353'?]

  3. DFB says:

    pedigree == monoculture

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