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post #1 of 5 Old 04-01-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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hi, I just got my first horse 2 weeks ago, a tennessee walker mare. A friend wants to give me a large very friendly castrated male goat as her companion. the only issue is that her goats were recently diagosed with Coccidiosis and have been undergoing treatment for it since last week. The treatment is 5 days and should be done with tomorrow. She wants to bring him to introduce him to our horse saturday. Is there a concern of our horse contracting this condition? should we forget getting him. I don't want to take any chances with my horse. From what I have read, goats always have a small amount of this in their system. its just a concern when it rapidly grows as it did with my friends goats. Please help! thanks Karen
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I would highly advise against it since coccidiosis is an intestinal parasite. It is not zoonotic and most of the time stays with a specific species but grazing animals are more likely to share this disease especially in smaller confined areas.

That said I would have a vet check done and with a clear fecal examine I see no reasons to bring him home BUT get a vet to give the OK when

I dont know much about coccidiosis in horses but have experienced it at my time working on a college farm. It can be easily managed. And should not be a re-occuring problem if treated correctly.
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I wouldnt take the goat horses can get the coccidiosis from them plus goats stink our neighbors have goats they never shutup. No goat would stay alive on my place very long id kill it. I think a pony for company would be a better choice plus not all horses like goats. My gelding trys to kill the goats if they get in his pen i have all my pens with 3 strands of hot wire to keep neighbors goats out.
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Well, I'm not huge goat lover, but I have to disagree about the smelly, never shut up part. All creatures tend to stink if cared for poorly, and hungry animals tend to holler about it. Care for them decently on a regular schedule and they're fine to have around. Pushy...but not smelly or hollering all of the time. They even handle being hungry without hollering about it if they're fed on a fairly regular schedule.

Coccidiosis usually goes hand in hand with crowded, unsanitary conditions as its spread through ingested feces. Though coccidiosis is species specific, and it seems that just about everything can carry it, from cockroaches to cattle...this is the part that would give me pause about your friends goat.

Our horses have their 'bathrooms'...those neat and tidy areas they do their business in. I've noticed over the years that even the horses I've babysat for friends or neighbors will use those same spots for all of their droppings and urine. Ours have 4 different areas they use in their pen and about 8 or so in their turn out area. That leaves them lots of fresh clean ground for running, playing, sleeping, rolling etc. Even our new horse started to politely go to one of these 'bathroom' spots by the end of day one here.

Our goats on the other hand go everywhere. They jump into raised feeders and potty in them. They'll stand on top of a slow feeder box and go potty in it. They go wherever and whenever the need hits them. They do make fine companion animals for a horse, but I think I'd still refuse a goat thats ever come down ill from it.

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Coccidiosis is species specific, unlike Salmonella that crosses species lines. It usually involves young or unhealthy animals. It is not going to pass from a goat to a horse. And yes -- it usually involves animals that are in crowded and in unsanitary conditions.

There are very effective 'Coccidiostats' that do not injure or damage horses (unlike Rumensin that can kill horses). Corrid or Deccox both keep Coccidia from multiplying, but if the goat is not sick, it should cause no problems at all. A 'sick' goat would have smelly diarrhea and/or be passing blood in their stool, would be thin and be doing very poorly.
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