Horses

Forums
Horse Quarantine Basics
 By Saferaphus   •   22nd Aug 2017   •   97 views   •   0 comments


If you own a horse, especially if you keep it at home, you need to know how you would keep one in quarantine if the need arises. You may want to bring a new horse home and make sure that it doesnít have any transferable health problems like viruses or lice and other skin diseases. If there is an outbreak of disease, itís good to have a plan to keep your own horses safe and healthy.

Quarantines help prevent or slow down the spread of disease. A horse in quarantine should be kept well away from other horses. This could mean thinking ahead about where and how the horse can be kept separate from the rest. The horse could be kept in a separate shelter and paddock where it canít come in contact with others. Or, a portable pen could be built. It should be stabled and pastured far enough away from other horses that there is no possibility of germs being spread by air. Manure should be disposed of where other horses can not come in contact with it. If the horse is very sick, it may mean taking him off the immediate property altogether.

A new horse, before it is introduced to the home herd may spend time in quarantine to ensure it is not bringing any problems such as lice, mange, viral infections or other health problems with it. The recommended time period for quarantining new horses is fourteen to thirty days. This allows plenty of time for potential problems to crop up. It also gives the horse time to get used to its new surroundings. If the history of the horse isnít well-known, such as a horse bought through an auction barn, the longer the quarantine the better.

If itís a new horse, it should be dewormed when it arrives. If there is a problem, the horse should remain in isolation until all signs of the sickness are gone, and a veterinarian gives it a clean bill of health. Otherwise, it needs to be watched for any sign of disease during the length of the quarantine.

While it may seem inconvenient, especially when youíve just bought a new horse and are excited to make it feel at home, the potential veterinary expenses and additional time that can be lost by spreading any sort of health problem to a stable can be enormous. If you board your horse, youíll probably be subject to your stableís rules regarding bringing new horses in. If you have your own stable, youíll want to be just as careful for the sake of the other horses living with you already.

If there is a sick horse on your property not only should it be kept out of contact with others, but the horse must have a separate water source so it doesnít contaminate common troughs or waterers. And, even handlers need to be very careful about using separate grooming tools, feed buckets and washing up after touching the horse. Handwashing, wearing disposable gloves and boot coverings or using a sanitizing wash may be necessary. The whole point of quarantine can be undone if someone cross contaminates equipment that can carry disease from one horse to another inadvertently.

You may wish to quarantine your horses during a disease outbreak. Either the horses with the sickness will be quarantined, or you may wish to keep healthy horses well away from others that might have a disease. This might be a simple as not allowing anyone to bring horses onto your property, and not taking your horses off the property until a disease is no longer a danger.
Horse News More In This Category:  Equine Disease and Prevention      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
Equine RFID Tagging
19th Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
1While pets and other livestock have been carrying microchips for quite some time, using RFID for horses has been a little slower to take off. Back in 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture approved a microchip implant ...
Racehorse Burials
16th Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Back in 2014, a group of archeologists dug beneath the Californian soil and unearthed three large horse skeletons. The skeletons were remains of three famous race horses that raced on the property when it was part of Hollywood Par ...
Shades of Bay
13th Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
A bay horse has an overall brown or red-brown body with black mane, tail, legs, ear tips and muzzle. These black areas are called the horseís black points. If the horse doesnít have these points, it isnít considered a bay. ...
How to Keep Your Horse Cool
9th Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Whether to avoid heat stress or to treat an inflamed injury, there are lots of ways to cool your horse. Cold hosing is one way to treat injuries and can be very effective. But, itís messy, not very portable and time-consuming. A c ...
Horse Dental Problems
7th Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Many people have dental cavities. Most of us know that cavities form because bacteria of all types thrive in our mouths. If we donít clear the bacteria out and disrupt their plaque building activity, the plaque covering grows. Any ...
Horses and Goats
3rd Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Getting a goat is a commitment just like any other companion or livestock animals. They take some care but really are pretty low maintenance. Theyíre good around horses, although some horses might harass a goat. Goats have been kn ...
Horse Cosplay and Anime
1st Sep 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Steampunk isnít the only cosplay opportunity out there. Cosplay is probably most commonly associated with anime. But the stories that anime characters are based on donít usually ride horses. There are a few exceptions, however. Co ...
The Last of the Horse Roundups
29th Aug 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Wild horse roundups may be reminiscent of the old west but they still take place today although they may not happen for the same reason as they did back before the turn of the 20th century. Today, roundups may have more to do with ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2017   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
433 Members Online 237,681 Registered Members 2,330 News Articles 9,393,591 Unique News Article Views 202,912,079 Website Views