06-03-2009, 10:54 PM
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when not contagious, is Ryle out there, hope,hope
This may be a bit long. We board our horses. They are fully vaccinated. A new group of horses came to the barn. They were put in the most separate corral possible but still about 50 feet from the pasture where our two horses live. Sure enough after a couple of days the new horses started coughing like seals. One of our horses got a fever of 105, goopy nose and low in spirits. The vet did a CBC. Said for sure it is a virus and there is nothing we can do but let it run it's course. The also did a culture on one of the new horses and said it is a virus. We have been giving our horse bute and watching him. He is eating well and even gallops up to the gate when we bring his supplements. It has been 6 days and his temp today was 100.8. Yay! The vet said it could last weeks. My main question is how will we know when it is okay to ride him again and how will we know when he is no longer a threat to take around other horses. We were able to put our horses in a smaller pasture but farther away from the new horses. Probably wasn't useful at this point. We had planned, (as in already scheduled valuable time off work) to do a 12 mile trail ride in a couple weeks. Our horses are in pretty good condition since we ride all winter. Do you think there is any chance that could still happen?