I’m definitely not going back, she knew she had covid and didn’t tell, (that’s what I was told, but you never know I guess) i am especially careful because of my parents, it would not be good if they got covid.If the instructor had COVID and did not tell anyone and was in close contact, shame on them for exposing others, some of which because of health issues could die from exposure and contracting it.
If she did not know she had it, then she did not know....period.
As for influenza and sick horses in a barn, no quarantine of animal suspected of getting sick from a show....and coming home ill.
Animals exposed at a show, then coming home 2 days later could be symptomatic immediately upon coming home.
Incubation period is 1 - 3 days so very possible, but again shame for not having your animals vaccinated against and going showing..
Not taking precautionary actions of informing you of a illness outbreak in the animals...that's not fair imo.
That said, I'm sure your friend knows you have a horse in training, and others home on a farm situation....
I'm sure you told this instructor you have horses at home, cause you share a lot of "about you" and your wants and goals.
Any person who understands how easily illness is exchanged and who does the most carrying of illness to other animals also knows to cancel lessons and activities in a situation such as this is doing so to protect everyone at both or for you 3 locations...
As good a instructor as the person is, if this is how the barn she affiliates with operates my horses would not be boarded their and because of the interaction of horse, student and instructors at certain times....I would be darn careful of what, where and how my horse was touched by, in a barn with any other animals or humans at this facility. Truth.
You know that other trainer you mentioned and comes with highly regarded reputation...that might be where my lessons came from and boarding might be of the horse in future.
Outbreaks happen, but this situation is just a bit of a whammy of to much coincidences I don't like to closely together occurring.
Be glad you cancelled do to bad weather, and be very glad with a contagious outbreak as such your horse was not touched by you or near any of the sick or at that barn.
You have things to think about for sure...some things are avoidable, some are not....
Over reacting....I don't think so with how you tell your side of the story. Now what the other side to the story is from the instructor and barn is, and then what the truth is actually is always a bit different. Fact.
There doesn't need to be drama to any of this...it all happens.
It is how any or all of it has been dealt with is what makes this a interesting tale of woe to read...
Glad you stayed healthy, your horse is healthy and the rest will work itself out...and you can think about what your next plan of action needs to be.
just realize that true equine influenza is contagious and can spread
"Illness may last from 2 to 10 days but complete recovery takes much longer and horses remain capable of spreading disease throughout the period during which they are sick."https://liphookequinehospital.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/influenza.pdf
If this were me, I would tell them to please call you when the virus has cleared all the horses and all are given the A-OK by the vet the illness has passed, otherwise....would not find me near that place nor my friend anywhere near your horses if she has any riding/barn attire on her person. I just would not take the chance of being the carrier....
She has OTTBs so was very interested in mine, though I already told her I had a new trainer for him, but she did seem to push me to get info out.
Thanks for the link, definitely gonna read it.