Originally Posted by Joe4d
The horse is displaying symptoms of something that could potentially be fatal to the owner and anyone else. Although the likely hood is less, the severity is greater especially due to lack of vaccination
How many of us ran out and got rabies treatment shots the last time a horse bit you? Or you had your hand in his mouth with a scratch on your hand ? Probably none of us. Wants rabies symptoms appear it is 100 % fatal for people and horses.
Seriously Joe, with all due respect. Please. The likelihood is so minimal. The OP has NOT said her horse is unvaccinated,
and frankly after over 40 yrs in horses it never even occurred to me that one would not be, unless it was a neglect case or wild. THe other thing to think about is this. Ok. Say that IS something that needs to be considered at the top of the list, rather than the bottom, since there are so many other things it could be.....WHat would you propose? THe ONLY way, as far as I know, to diagnose Rabies is brain biopsy, and there is only one way to do that. And while waiting for the results, anyone exposed would have to go thru inoculation. Are you SERIOUSLY thinking that it is necessary in this case to kill the horse, perform the necessary tests and subject the owner to the shots? I have not down the search, but can be pretty certain that the actual incidence of rabies in horses is minuscule. Mainly because they are prey animals.
IMO time is better spent without the sky falling, thinking of realistic things that may be causing this. There is also NO need to unnecessarily upset this owner with a "chicken little" mentality. It serves no constructive purpose. If you would like to discuss whether or not to get rabies vaccinations-that is a separate subject, and you certainly can start a thread. THis may very well be a minor you are needlessly upsetting.