Horse Facts and Tips
|First Posted: Oct 14, 2011 |
Oct 15, 2011
Quarantine and Horses
Here are some instances when horses should be quarantined for a short period of time:
How are diseases spread?
Clearly it is impossible to stop all pathogens. However, thoughtful and careful handling around a sick animal, and attention to detail, etc., can certainly cut down on the transfer of diseases at the barn. Plan ahead and minimize risks.
How Does One Care for A Quarantined Horse?
"Adding to the Herd
Bringing a new horse into an existing herd is a common way infectious diseases come onto a farm. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs cites three important factors to minimize risk when introducing a new horse:1. The protection you have given the resident horses with proper vaccination;
2. The source of purchased horses, including how they are transported to the farm;
3. The method you will use to introduce the new horses to the rest of the herd.
If someone expresses interest in moving a horse to your barn, Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT, internal medicine specialist at Hagyard Equine Medicine Institute in Lexington, Ky., recommends you first send that person a list of your stable rules and protocols. He also emphasizes sending a disease questionnaire that asks the horse owner 10-15 questions, such as, 'Where is the horse coming from? Has there been any instance of disease on that farm? Has the horse been ill recently? Does the horse travel a lot to shows? Is the horse coming from a hospital setting?' If you are new to the boarding scene, share the answers with your veterinarian to help determine if this is a higher-risk animal. The answers do not necessarily mean you won't take the horse; rather, they mean you might wait before allowing the horse to come on the farm or you might accept the horse, but put quarantine protocol into place."Creating a Horse Quarantine
How Long Do Viruses and Bacterial Live Outside the Horse's Body?
There is no one answer for this question. Pathogens have different requirements for their survival. Discuss this with your vet!
For More Information:Preventing Disease Spread - Personal Hygiene and Disinfectants around Horse Barns