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post #11 of 16 Old 08-30-2013, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
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4horses, we DID NOT fire K! He was here for a short fixed term and then he left to go on holiday with the money he earned.

Technically, K SHOULD have been fired. He DID "cut corners" by not changing his clothes as directed. Bear in mind we gave him the "whys and wherefores" lecture before he started here, plus he grew up on a cattle farm and had just completed his first year at agricultural college. He was aware of potential risks and knew that his home stock were in the grip of a highly infectious condition but did nothing to protect OUR stock against it.

If you are working on a breeding farm and the boss expects you to change clothes before you handle the stock, you do it, simple as. Otherwise you deserve to get fired.

K has cost us money and caused the animals considerable discomfort for not following orders - not such a good employee after all.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-30-2013, 02:30 PM
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I HATE THIS STUFF WITH A PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My horses got it from being next to a field of cows and LOTS of cats (the number one carrier). I dealt with this over a course of about 8-9 months.

It would come and go.....and then finally I moved them to a different facility and it completely went away.

Fast forward 5 years (with three completely different horses) and my 2 year old gets it from a nice place that had a lot of cats. We didn't realize it until AFTER we put him in my trailer and moved him. So then I go to move my mare/filly and other filly......the weanling filly shows up with ringworm on her neck. UGH :(

BUt, I believe with TONS of treatment and me spraying everything she and I touched with athelete's foot spray (BEST STUFF EVER) it has gone away and hasn't shown up on anybody else. *crossing my fingers*

I wish you a lot of luck because it can be a heart ache. :(
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-30-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, LPR!

I hope we don't suffer with it as much as your poor horses have. Now I'm trying to calculate how much athletes foot spray I'm going to need - thanks for the tip !
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-30-2013, 02:59 PM
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Your welcome! The vet suggested it and it has worked. Make sure and get the liquid spray and not the powder.....or else your horses will look like war ponies. haha
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-30-2013, 07:14 PM
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You are fortunate the kid cutting corners only brought ringworm. It's a nuisance.

I've seen closed herd farms where the vehicles have to pass over a disinfectant bath. Person needs to walk over disinfectant pads to get to the barn area so their shoes get cleaned of germs and that was the areas open to the public.

It wasn't too bad for my friend, we talking 2 horses, 2 very small calves, a dog and two little boys. Anything suspicious can be spotted and treated immediately. A large group of critters and it could take some doing to get rid of it. Spreads easy by just casual touching. Think I'd spray any areas that get a lot of rubbing and scratching down with bleach too.

Dollar store sells athletes foot spray. I don't know how many creatures you are treating but if you were to put 20 cans of the stuff on the counter and just start itching and scratching absentmindedly when the cashier rings it up it could be fun!
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-31-2013, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Sue, here we have separate off-site parking, disinfectant boot dips at every point of entry and a washroom/changing room, not to mention reminder signs at appropriate areas.

I guess hygiene isn't always top of the agenda for some teenagers. I have 5 stepsons. Yes, I know what you're thinking, "How did that girl get born so lucky!" (love you really, boys <3). Only two left to fly the nest. The elder one is so fastidious it's practically a full time job. Not sure about all that stuff he sprays on himself to attract the ladies, but there sure ain't no flies on him! As for his younger brother, most days we're just grateful if we can get him out of bed, let alone have him make use of the bathroom . . .
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