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  • How far from other horses does a quarantine horse have to be
  • How far should quarentine horse lot be

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    02-02-2009, 07:51 PM
Green Broke

Hey, we might be getting a few borders, and I want to quarentine the horses for a week, maybe too if possible. Last time we brought in a "healthy" horse, Blue got deathly ill. I migh possibly quarentine in a pasture, if the horses an't touch noses is that enough?
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    02-02-2009, 08:26 PM
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The further away the better, make sure they don't share water. I think when I moved pistol to a stables on base one time the quarentine was for 2 weeks. He wasnt allowed in any common space, not even the riding arenas.
    02-02-2009, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
Ok thanks!
    02-02-2009, 10:37 PM
Our stables quarantine was for 1 week if you had the vet clear the horse (with paperwork proof) or 2 weeks if you just had vaccine records for proof of health. The quarantine stalls are away from the other horses so there is no nose touching or food or water sharing. You are allowed to use common areas (washracks, arena) but not when other horses are there.

When I moved my TB there, I had the vet come clear him out of quarantine after a week. It wasnt inconvenient at all or anything like that, a god horse owner wont mind if you have a lot of rules in place for quarantine because they should be concerned with the health of the other horses as well. :o)
    02-03-2009, 10:16 AM
Quartine of new horses should be at least 3 weeks because they can shed viruses and bacteria that cause common upper resp. Diseases (influenza, rhino, strangles) for at least that long. Even horses that do not appear at all sick can be shedding and thus a source of infection. They need to be quarantined at least 30 feet from other horses because a cough, snort of sneeze can carry viruses that far.
    02-03-2009, 11:34 AM
If you take a look here is the Canadian Government web site with all the quarantine instructions and regulations when importing livestock.
Agriculture and Food - Export Information
    02-03-2009, 12:04 PM
Here is a really good article on disease prevention:
The Horse: Principles of Disease Prevention
    02-03-2009, 12:16 PM
Super Moderator
Is your horse utd on all shots? If you are showing already you should be up to date. I'd make sure the new people coming in are also up to date.

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