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post #1 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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horse health realted question

Hi everyone!! I was wondering if you could all help me out. Here's the thing. Today i was jumping with my 13 yo horse and as it was really hot after my lesson i decided to bathe him and then i left him attached to the horse tie. I totally forgot that i had left him there, and 1 hour after that i remembered, but he wasn't there anymore. I entered the 2nd stable and found him in one of the horse's stalls eating his food. He was all fine and the door of the stall was still open and he was still inside. I know that it isnt really health related, but could he have caught some kind of desease from eating the other horse's dinner. Could he have something else? I am really panacking now because i do not know if he's ok or not. Please help me!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 06:39 PM
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I very much doubt that he could catch a disease from the other horse. Diseases that spread between horse are fairly unusual, and also severe, so you'd know already if the other horse had a problem. It would be very apparent if this horse was sick. Furthermore, these diseases are either very contagious (such as contagious anemia, the reason for a coggin's test),or not spread directly among horses at all, such as West Nile which is carried by mosquito bites. So, if a disease was contagious they'd all have it, and if it isn't you have nothing to worry about that. On top of that you'd already know if the other horse was sick.

One possible thing to worry a bout would be a colic or founder from eating a lot of other horses' grain. Too much grain can cause a stomach upset, or cause founder, a problem with the lining of the hooves. How many stalls did he get in? Just keep a close eye on him.

Finally, I really don't advise ever leaving a horse tied unattended. They can escape, as your horse did. They can also panic and hurt themselves. If you go somewhere, make sure that your horse is safely in his stall first, unless it's to go get something and come directly back. Even then it's best if the horse can stay in your sight. I always try to get all of my stuff out before I tie the horse up to begin with.

Sounds like your horse will be just fine. Just be careful with him. A few weeks ago I learned all to clearly how fragile horses are and how quickly things can happen with no warning at all. My mare became tangled in a fence, broke her leg and had to be euthanized. These kinds of accidents are inherent to keeping horses, and some, such as this one, cannot be avoided. But, take every precaution you can to prevent these things. Mattie was the kind of horse that could teach you something new every day if you listened carefully enough, which I often didn't. Her last lesson to me was to remember how important safety is, and to make me realize that I was taking my horses for granted. Since then I've paid much more attention to my remaining horse, and have also been a little more conscious of safety. Bad things happen sometimes and it can't be avoided, but you can prevent a lot of accidents with just a little extra caution. Just don't learn the hard way.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-21-2007, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx for your quick reply! Well i found him in the only open stall in the stable ( which used to be his stall a couple of months ago ) so he ate only 1 horse's food. He usually eates through his rope and goes in the paddock or in his stall but this time i didn't hear him at all. I totally forgot him .
ps. really sorry about your horse
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-21-2007, 02:34 PM
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Things happen. The only thing for it is to learn from it and move on. In this case I learned that I needed to appreciate the horse I still have. I've spent much more time with him lately, and am loving it!

I also groom Mattie's best friend every day, and it makes me feel better. They were very close, so I was worried about how Mattie's death would affect her. Mariah is very old, as is her owner, who doesn't have the time and energy to come out and groom her. I think Mattie would like to see her friend taken care of.:)
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-21-2007, 11:16 PM
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There actually are a few infections that can be spread by coming into contact with sick horses or things in a sick horse's environment, most of them related to the upper respiratory tract. But, the likelihood of it occuring if the horse in that stall isn't visibly ill and hasn't been in the last few weeks is minimal.

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