Right after Christmas I will be taking in a couple of Auction horses. I understand they may carry viruses and diseases, so it is best to keep them in quarantine. However, I do have a couple of questions.
1) How long should a horse stay in quarantine before he/she is allowed to join the barn/paddock/pasture with other horses?
2) How far away should they be from the other horses?
3) If they do end up having a virus or disease, could the disease pass from horse>person>horse by contact alone?
4) If there are no records on their worming schedules/feeding routines, what would you assume to be a safe route? Worm right away? Wait a while? Slowly introduce to what may be a new feed or just give them what you have and hope for the best?
Most of the horses at the auction have absolutely no history to them, but a few of them do. Any information would be great! Thanks for reading this post