During the Texas Winter Series at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSEC) two horses developed fevers of unknown origin. We followed our isolation protocol which requires horses with elevated temperatures be immediately removed from the premises. We also reached out to Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and local veterinarians for additional guidance.
After the end of the Series we learned two other horses that showed at GSEC tested positive for strep equi. As a precaution we have cancelled the upcoming GHHJA show and will complete a deep clean and sanitize the facility. Every stall and the surrounding areas will be scrubbed, rinsed and disinfected within the guidelines provided by the consulting veterinarians.
For the immediate future we will require health certificates for all horses (showing or non-showing) written within seven days of arriving at GSEC. The health certificate must state for the past 30 days the horse has not been treated or seen for reasons that might be associated with an elevated temperature or exhibited any symptoms associated with strep equi.
All horses must enter the grounds through the Mason Road gate between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless prior arrangements are made. All horses must be accompanied by health papers (current Coggins, vaccination records (USEF GR 845) and health certificate) or they will not be allowed on the grounds—there will be no exceptions. Please have a printed copy of these records to give to the “check in” personnel.
Great Southwest Equestrian Center is proud to announce the new sponsorship with Pyranha, Inc. as the “Official Fly Spray” for the facility.
Pyranha, Inc. was chartered December 4, 1972, for the purpose of manufacturing and marketing a full line of fly control products.
Pyranha pioneered the development of an automatic insect control system which dispenses specially formulated insecticides providing the horse industry with a reliable, effective and economical method of insect control in and around animal quarters and barns.
For over 40 years Pyranha, Inc has been innovating and providing pest control solutions for the residential and livestock industry. Pyranha not only offers ready-to-use and concentrated insecticide products as well as their misting systems, but they also offer a line of odor-management products ideal for homes, kennels, livestock areas and more.
As a top manufacturer of fly sprays, barn misting systems and insect control solutions we will continue our commitment to providing our customers with the best quality and most advanced technologies to effectively control their insect problems.
What is a misting system?
It is a system specifically designed to automatically deliver a fine mist of insecticide formulation at pre-set time intervals which helps eliminate a wide range of insects. Some of which include: mosquitoes, flies, wasps, and spiders in and around residential area, backyards and outdoor spaces.
Who invented the system?
Carl Cunningham, Pyranha Incorporated’s founder created and patented the first automatic misting system in 1972 for the control of flies in horse barns and called it SprayMaster™. More than three decades later the basic SprayMaster™ design is still the model for all misting systems in the market.
How does the SprayMaster™ system work?
The SprayMaster™ System consists of a 1/2 horsepower electric motor-driven pump controlled by a solid state electronic timer that is programmed to turn the unit on at specific intervals, operate for a set period of time, and then turn off. A series of spray nozzles emits specially formulated insecticide to control flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying insects.
What kind of insecticide is used in SprayMater™ systems?
We recommend that SprayMaster™ and other misting systems be refilled with the highest quality pyrethrums and Permethrin (a synthetic form of pyrethrum) 1-10HP, 1-10HPS, Zero-Bite™, Bug Armor™ and Stock Guard™ are considered premium formulations that control a wider range of insects than competitive products. Bug Armor™ and Stock Guard™ even helps control spiders!
Will Pyranha insecticide work in my non-Pyranha system?
Yes, Pyranha concentrate is the original misting system concentrate designed exclusively for automatic misting systems and will make any well made automatic misting system more effective and will produce less clogging.
Who can answer my questions about my system?
Pyranha has technical personnel that are happy to assist, most questions are resolved easily by shooting us an email or giving us a call at 1.800.231.2966
How to do I winterize my SprayMaster System?
Disconnect the line at the elbow (next to pressure gauge) and open the bleed valve at the end. Using an air compressor, blow liquid from the line until dry. Lift the top and raise the intake filter out of the liquid; set timer switch to “ON” and run briefly to eliminate any liquid in the equipment. If you do not have a compressor, keep line disconnected at elbow to empty the lines of as much liquid as possible. Leave intake line and filter separated from liquid. If the insecticide liquid freezes during the winter, you will need to stir the contents before reusing. (Reconnecting System After Winterizing) After stirring the contents of your barrel, replace the top of the system taking care not to crimp the intake line, return line or float line. Open bleed valve and run system long enough to remove the air in the lines. Check your timer to verify the time is correct and the settings are correct.
What is Pyrethrum?
Pyrethrum is an insecticide derived from a plant extract of the species of the genus Chrysanthemum (Daisy), native to southwestern Asia, Australia and Africa, whose aromatic flower heads, when powdered, constitute the active ingredient Pyrethrin. The main active ingredients in Pyrethrin is a mixture of four compounds: Pyrethrin I and II and Cinerin II and I.
Is Pyrethrum harmful?
Pyrethrum has shown to have low level of toxicity to mammals. This family of insecticides is EPA registered for use in many household products and livestock treatment as well for treating unwanted pests in edible plants and fruits. Used properly and at the concentrations stated in the label instructions, Pyrethrum should not be harmful. Pyrethrum and Permethrin related products should always be used in accordance to the product label instructions. Also be sure to check out our Zero-Bite™ product which combines the goodness of natural products like geraniol, wintergreen, peppermint and coconut and contains zero chemical pesticides. ZERO!
Will pyrethrum harm my pets?
No, If used properly as directed in the label Pyrethrum is considered to have a low toxicity to humans and pets (mammals). Pyrethrum insecticides have been used in agriculture and equine applications for over 40 years, with no known harmful effects.
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Hello Fab Friends,
Happy “No Stirrups November” to all of our equestrians followers!
Sarah has spent the first of three weeks at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center and she is SO happy to be there! She is in awe of the southern hospitality and having an amazing time seeing those of you she knows and meeting wonderful new people as well. There are new items arriving every day!
Everyone in Katy has been loving Sarah’s jewelry line, S.Row Designs. You can see a great selection of her designs on Instagram: s.rowdesigns. Jewelry is always a great gift for the upcoming holiday gifting season! Be sure to check out all of the new arrivals!
We love to see you in person, but if we can’t, you can always call, DM, make a video chat appointment or shop online.
Check out the 2018-2019 Magazine of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, here.