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    07-29-2013, 08:10 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
Wow seriously? No one has ever been infected by rabies after a horse bite? That means I spent nearly a decade being scared for no reason? And I won't die from the horse bite that I had 12 years ago?
You would have died 9 1/2 years or more ago if you were going to die from the bite, if the horse had been infected. You're well past any problems of that nature.
     
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    07-29-2013, 08:14 PM
  #12
Weanling
Horses nip and/or bite each other as a form of communication, much like if we were to reach out and slap or punch someone in the arm. I am very sorry that you had such trouble afterwords with the accident, as that is what what it was, an accident. I can't imagine having to go through all you have been through over a bite and hope that talking about it, or being around horses.

Have you tried finding a cozy spot near a fence line that has horses in the field and watching them? Get a few books on why horses do what they do, what their ear movements mean or say, how they communicate. Do you have a friend with a dead broke horse, one who is very calm and quiet, you can sit and watch? Or maybe touch the things we use to ride, the saddle, feel the reins in your hands, between your fingers, touch a soft bristle brush, think to yourself what it feels like, or the smell of the leather, does it bring back good memories? Happy times?
     
    07-29-2013, 08:16 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
But wouldn't the horse see my knee and know that it is not part of the horse? Wow I really didn't know horses do that. I thought they communicate in other ways besides biting. !
They do miss occasionally :). Horses actually have a limited field of vision...just like a shark (I know poor comparison) when their head gets close to something the object moves into a blind spot..your knee is a lot smaller than another horse.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:19 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
Wow seriously? No one has ever been infected by rabies after a horse bite? That means I spent nearly a decade being scared for no reason? And I won't die from the horse bite that I had 12 years ago?
If a rabid animal bit you you likely won't live 12 years. :) TONS of hroses bite - out of nasty habit, they're hungry, they're poorly trained. If you read the article I posted it says in there that there's been no horse to human transmission - so you're almost certainly just too paranoid :)
     
    07-29-2013, 08:39 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
As for rabies, most horses get rabies shots routinely, I can't imagine a public facility not having their horses immunized on a regular basis.

IMO, you need to go be friends with 1 very gentle and sweet horse, it will get you past all the horse fears. The OCD is a whole different issue, therapy is going to have to work on that.

I love how you wrote about OCD because that is exactly what I have been diagnosed with! It's agonizing. For a decade I had nightmares about a rabid horse biting me. I asked everyone I know if they know why horses bite and they all told me it was abnormal and that horses usually don't bite. This fueled my fears. I started to dislike horses a lot. I would have panic attacks when I would see a real horse in front of me when I went to Times Square.

I even went far to call the ranch to ask if they vaccinate their horses, first they thought that was the weirdest question to ask and what made my fears worse was that the owner of the ranch that owned the place when I visited it isn't there anymore.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:42 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
You would have died 9 1/2 years or more ago if you were going to die from the bite, if the horse had been infected. You're well past any problems of that nature.

This fear was made worse when I watched a video on a "suspiciously rabid horse." I am driving my parents insane! They are ready to admit me to a psychiatric hospital. At least one good thing is that I know who my friends are, the ones who stood by be after I endlessly asked them why a horse would bit me if it wasn't rabid.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:47 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Shoebox    
If a rabid animal bit you you likely won't live 12 years. :) TONS of hroses bite - out of nasty habit, they're hungry, they're poorly trained. If you read the article I posted it says in there that there's been no horse to human transmission - so you're almost certainly just too paranoid :)
I am so scared to read the article because I am scared it will trigger a panic attack! But I trust you when you say there has been no horse to human transmission. I feel a little bit better. I am sure people have been bitten by horses before me and if the horse was rabid they would probably have called everyone that were in that ranch to take the post exposure vaccination...I hope.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:51 PM
  #18
Yearling
Horses bite. Dogs bite. Cats bite. Hampsters bite. Lizards bite, some kids bite.

If youve been afraid of horses for 12 years, you have greater issues than the possibility that that one horse was rabid. Being someone who struggles with long term depression and anxiety, I mean that in the best of ways possible. You should talk to your doctor about options, and once that's done, go volunteer at a therapy barn or rescue. Then instead of pointless fear, you may accomplish something for yourself, and further your love of animals.

Also, a standard biology course or two would be very enjoyable to you, and may help assauge (sp?) some of your fears regarding things like diseases and standard animal behavior. Ita at least a good place to start.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:52 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
I am so scared to read the article because I am scared it will trigger a panic attack! But I trust you when you say there has been no horse to human transmission. I feel a little bit better. I am sure people have been bitten by horses before me and if the horse was rabid they would probably have called everyone that were in that ranch to take the post exposure vaccination...I hope.
The more you read up in the forum here the more you'll find that a LOT of horses bite. I've been bitten when I was cinching up Clem because she didn't want to be saddled. I've been bitten by a horse in the field who wanted a treat. I was almost bitten by a dominant horse in the other pasture because he was being a dominant asshat (and boy did he get a dressing down for it).

Horses can't speak, so they use the other tools available to them. One of those being teeth. Just watch a herd of horses in a pasture and count the bites - you'll reach a dozen pretty fast!
     
    07-29-2013, 08:53 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by GreySorrel    
Horses nip and/or bite each other as a form of communication, much like if we were to reach out and slap or punch someone in the arm. I am very sorry that you had such trouble afterwords with the accident, as that is what what it was, an accident. I can't imagine having to go through all you have been through over a bite and hope that talking about it, or being around horses.

Have you tried finding a cozy spot near a fence line that has horses in the field and watching them? Get a few books on why horses do what they do, what their ear movements mean or say, how they communicate. Do you have a friend with a dead broke horse, one who is very calm and quiet, you can sit and watch? Or maybe touch the things we use to ride, the saddle, feel the reins in your hands, between your fingers, touch a soft bristle brush, think to yourself what it feels like, or the smell of the leather, does it bring back good memories? Happy times?

I live in the city so I don't have much exposure to horses. I used to love reading about them in children books before I was bitten. After I got bit I just stopped thinking about horses altogether. I wasn't scared of them till 2 years later when the Post Traumatic Stress started to kick in and then years later the rabies obsession kicked in and made my life miserable all over an accidental horse bite :(. Years of medication and therapy wasn't enough because my therapist didn't know why the horse bit me either because she doesn't have much experience or knowledge of them. I have found some sort of peace by coming here and finding out that horses do bite sometimes and it is something common and nothing to get worried about.
     

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