Salmonella Poisoning in Horses

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    02-25-2009, 11:40 PM
Salmonella Poisoning in Horses

Recently one of the horses in the barn I work at and board my horse at had to be put to sleep because of salmonella poisoning. Now I was very worried about my horse because I thought salmonella poisoning for horses was the same as humans. So I did some research and found out it wasnt the same as human in the mean time I ended up getting sort of confused. How do they get it? I heard its carried from one horse to another, so should I be worried about my horse? I also read that its a bacteria that doesnt take effect lies dormant, so how can you tell if a horse has it or not?

Another question I have is the horse's body was left in the stall for at least 24 hours.The horse was put to sleep on Monday evening and was still there on Tuesday evening, I havent been out to the barn today but Im hopeing the body was taken. Could any harmful bacteria get into the air. I mean once I walked into the barn the next day I instantly smelled decaying body.

Thanks ahead of time :)
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    02-28-2009, 08:45 PM
Oh My god. I have to say.. Im not sure what the State laws on these kind of things are, but in Alabama if the body hasn't been disposed of in like, 12 hours, the county can shut the operation down. Not only do I find what you said about the horse being left for at least 24 hours disgusting, but it also -deeply- disturbs me because of how disrespectful it is to the deceased and the old owner, as well as to the boarders. I swear, 80 jillion red flags just popped up over my head when I read that. I hope to God the stalls on either side of that horse were kept empty. I would be -thoroughly- offended if I was still boarding my horse somewhere and the Barn Owner thought it was OK to keep my horse next to a dead one. That's completely unacceptable. There is -no- reason that horse couldn't have been picked up within 24 hours. When we had to put Admiral to sleep, it was at 5:03 in the evening on a Saturday. I called the County and they had someone out the next morning (even though they are normally closed) and buried him for me. It only cost $50.00 too. They also were able to "move" him with their tractor. This was -before- I had a full boarding operation. I could ask so many questions, like "Why didn't the vet provide numbers for body pick up?" etc.. but it isnt what this thread is about.. LOL I've already went WAY off topic!

As far as the Salmonella thing goes, i'd be interested for learning more about it as well. I knew it was possible with horses but thankfully never experienced it.

... have you considered shopping around for another horse barn? LOL!
    03-01-2009, 07:29 PM
Believe me I was very worried. I did find out though that they took the body on Tuesday after I had left around 9 (thank God) But she was there 24 hours. And I was upset but the thing is no one else seemed concerned about it. I am still worried because there was horses in the stalls next to the dead body. The reason I was given was because the owner had told the barn owner that she wanted to come get the body and bury it on her property...she changed her mind. I am not looking for another barn because this is the first time after a horse died/had to be put down that the body actually was there past a couple hours after death, so Im not really worried about it happening again.

I am still worried even though its been a week and everything has been disinfected and no signs of trouble from any of the horses. But I am still curious about Salmonella and still don't understand it very well.
    03-02-2009, 01:58 PM
At least we know why they left the body. If that same thing happened at my barn and they wanted to bury the horse offsite, I would have the body moved to the back pasture (its not fenced in yet, so none of the horses would be able to get near it).

Im interested in the Salmonella thing too.. I hope someone who knows more about it posts, LOL!

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