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        06-14-2010, 05:07 PM
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    Foal
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    Hello everyone,

    Obviously I'm new here, actually I found this forum after some search since I was eager to get answer for this particular question. I must say that as a horse aficionado I'm quite glad I did

    So here's the thing, I went today to the horse riding club, when I entered the stables I was instructed not to touch the horses as some of them were sick. Yet, when I passed by a particular white horse he came forward and reached out to me with his head as if asking me to stroke his face. Well, I couldn't resist so I touched him. Suddenly the grooms came running asking me whether I touched the horse and when I said yes they said I should wash my hands or use anti-bacterial because it was sick, and when I asked what was wrong they said he has a cold and they don't want it to be transmitted to the other horses. Yet, I'm not quite convinced it was only that because the horse had gray patches on it that didn't seem natural to me. I have a picture of it and I wonder of you can tell me what could be wrong with it and whether it's serious or could be contagious to people.

    Thanks a lot

    * picture removed in response to member concerns *
         
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        06-14-2010, 05:10 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Wheres the picture?
         
        06-14-2010, 05:12 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by draftrider    
    Wheres the picture?
    just added it... it seems that there was a problem with the code
         
        06-14-2010, 05:12 PM
      #4
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    I am not sure what could be wrong with him. Those patches are where they've shaved him which has me thinking it could be strangles since it is in the neck area, or it could be some type of a fungus type thing. Don't think it's a common cold though. It's something that can be transmitted by touch if they are freaking out like that.
         
        06-14-2010, 05:13 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    I have no clue. Its not a natural marking, that is for sure. Looks like some sort of disinfectant maybe?
         
        06-14-2010, 05:19 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Thanks for your answers
         
        06-14-2010, 07:08 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Strangles is what I would think as well, as it is easily transmitted between horses.
         
        06-15-2010, 12:42 PM
      #8
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by oeliwat    

    So here's the thing, I went today to the horse riding club, when I entered the stables I was instructed not to touch the horses as some of them were sick. Yet, when I passed by a particular white horse he came forward and reached out to me with his head as if asking me to stroke his face. Well, I couldn't resist so I touched him. Suddenly the grooms came running asking me whether I touched the horse and when I said yes they said I should wash my hands or use anti-bacterial because it was sick, and when I asked what was wrong they said he has a cold and they don't want it to be transmitted to the other horses. Yet, I'm not quite convinced it was only that because the horse had gray patches on it that didn't seem natural to me. I have a picture of it and I wonder of you can tell me what could be wrong with it and whether it's serious or could be contagious to people.
    Why would you touch a horse that you have been specifically told not to touch? I am confused about that. It is not right to touch other people's horses ever really. But after being specifically told not to touch them why do it? Horses do not think 'can not let humans touch me because I am contagious'. So even if the horse was doing back flips to get you to pet it I am still missing why you touched it? I sure hope you are a little kid.

    Like everyone else here I am guessing the facility had some horses with strangles which is VERY contagious and that is why they asked you not to touch the horses. (They were not just being meanies.)

    Could the patches on the horse have been places where the hair was shaved by the vet?
         
        06-15-2010, 12:50 PM
      #9
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by oeliwat    

    So here's the thing, I went today to the horse riding club, when I entered the stables I was instructed not to touch the horses as some of them were sick. Yet, when I passed by a particular white horse he came forward and reached out to me with his head as if asking me to stroke his face. Well, I couldn't resist so I touched him. Suddenly the grooms came running asking me whether I touched the horse and when I said yes they said I should wash my hands or use anti-bacterial because it was sick, and when I asked what was wrong they said he has a cold and they don't want it to be transmitted to the other horses. Yet, I'm not quite convinced it was only that because the horse had gray patches on it that didn't seem natural to me. I have a picture of it and I wonder of you can tell me what could be wrong with it and whether it's serious or could be contagious to people.
    Wow.

    You were asked to not touch and you did. Then you took photos?

    Reverse the situation - how would you like it if someone did that at your barn?
         

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