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    10-10-2012, 11:12 PM
  #1
Weanling
Quarantine Questions

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
     
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    10-12-2012, 05:32 PM
  #2
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1) How long should a horse stay in quarantine before he/she is allowed to join the barn/paddock/pasture with other horses?

From an auction I would say a minimum of 21 days

2) How far away should they be from the other horses?

The further the better! At least 500 yards if outside.

3) If they do end up having a virus or disease, could the disease pass from horse>person>horse by contact alone?
Yes.

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?
I would worm right away. If they are not going to be worked then I would have them just on grass and hay.

Travelling horses is stressful for them, going through an auction ring is even more so and as they are stressed their immune system is lowered so they will be open to infections such as strangles and Equine Herpes Virus.
The latter most horses have been exposed to and at times of stress it shows with a snotty nose. This virus can mutate to EHV1 which is far more serious as it can cause paralysis. It can also cause abortion in pregnant mares when it mutates.
     
    10-12-2012, 05:38 PM
  #3
Trained
What FoxHunter said.

Pretty much you want to have different forks/wheelbarrows/halters/gloves/clothes/hay/hoses, etc.. when working in the quarantine area. Everything should also be bleachable.
Bleach is good for killing stuff, but Virkon is better. It's majorly cheap too, I highly recommend everyone have some in their tack room!! I spray down everything that my horse comes in contact to. At shows I do his stall, etc.. etc.. As well you'll want to clean out and Virkon your trailer after transporting the new horses.

With the worming, yes worm them immediately and get them vaccinated as soon as possible.

A 21 day period will cover the incubation period of most diseases.

Good luck! Quarantine is fun! (Not.)
     
    10-12-2012, 05:45 PM
  #4
mls
Trained
With an unknown history - our vets recommend 6-8 weeks. There are issues that can hide that long.

We already put new boarders with a known history in quarantine for 14 days. Yep - it sucks but it's better than the potential alternative.

Chores for the quarantine are done last or by one of us that then goes in the house and strips into the washing machine.
     
    10-12-2012, 09:35 PM
  #5
Weanling
Thanks for all the advice everyone. I'll be putting up a quarantine area soon. I've just been informed I'll be taking in a few goats and sheep as well, could disease transfer from sheep/goats to horses as well?
     

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