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Quarantine

Discussion in 'Horse Care' started by Jessey, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    I am possibly being over cautious, but have had Dan physically separated from the others since arrival. He shows zero signs of any cough, snot, wheeze etc. but I don't know where he came from (just brought from an ad) and he is not in top physical condition, had worms and I suspect lice but not seen any and not treated yet as its pee'd with rain for the last 2 days.

    It isn't a bother to keep him separate, but if the weather does take a turn at the weekend he doesn't have shelter, is on the bit where Hank was penned when he was lame so its getting muddy now and I am a big sap and will feel bad :oops: :p

    Would you cut the quarantine short by a week? He arrived Saturday, so will have had 1 week by then.
     
  2. joellie

    joellie Well-Known Member

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    Me personally with being a big sap myself would probably chance it after a week. I would treat him for lice before hand though :eek:;)
     
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    KP nut I'd rather be riding.

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    Nope. Strangles, ringworm and other nasties can incubate for up to 3 weeks. Not even 2 is quite enough really, imo.
     
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  5. KP nut

    KP nut I'd rather be riding.

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    I should ad length of quarantine I prefer depends on where horse has come from. I am less bothered with private sales of ponies in work, going to pc, out competing with vaccs up to date etc. But horses who may have been through sales etc will have been exposed to all sorts.
     
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  6. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    He's been in private homes. All the sellers horses were bright and there wasn't any hint of sickness visible, I think he was just a pony/companion so hadn't really had much attention nothing more sinister than that. They had 2 cobs, a welshie and the 3 minis on about 1/2 acre (there was another 1/2 acre paddock and apparently they have another little bit at their house), they were selling the 3 minis as they didn't have enough grazing to support all 6, understandably. His tet is up to date, but he's never had a flu jab, though given the flu virus can travel 5 miles in the air my 3m gap isn't going to help on that one.
     
  7. KP nut

    KP nut I'd rather be riding.

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    Ah ok. Haven't been on here for ages so haven' followed the story! Congratulations by the way!! Sounds less dodgy then. Ginny came from a dealer who herself got him shipped over on a boat only a couple of weeks before. She developed all sorts! Worms, ringworm, snot, cough, gunky eyes Nothing visible on viewing or vetting but all emerged in first few weeks. I think sometimes ponies under stress keep going then develop symptoms when the stressful time is over. Like us getting sick on holiday after a really busy period at work.
     
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    There hasn't been much of a story, I decided maybe a week ago to look for another little-y, saw him advertised Tuesday, went and looked/picked him up Saturday :p He's a buddy for Hank as since Jess kicked him, and they have been separated, Hank has been really lonely and is desperate for physical contact so I relented and got Dan :p hopefully it will make taking Jess out easier too as Hank was being really fussy about being left behind :rolleyes: He was getting himself into a sweaty mess and that was the last thing I needed in the evening of a sub zero night so often ended up skipping a ride because of it this winter.
     
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    I wouldnt, we had a little foal come to a livery where we was years ago, all ok after a week... Everything looking fine, end of week two he gets a snotty nose, nothing major just a but of clear snot by the next morning it was thick greeny yellow snot andthe poor thing looks desperatly ill... Ended up being strangles luckily (and very lucky!!!) none of the other horses on the yard got it
     
  10. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    I just looked it up, AHT say incubation from last exposure to the bacteria is 7-14 days, but because infected horses can shed the bacterium for long periods, the interval between new cases in an outbreak can be up to 3 weeks or more. So 14 days quarantine should be sufficient when moving as they are 100% not exposed to any bacteria since arriving.
     
  11. KP nut

    KP nut I'd rather be riding.

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    That's interesting, thanks. When we were dealing with strangles vets said exposed horses needed to be isolated for 2 weeks but one of them started showing symptoms on day 15! So we went with 3 weeks after that.

    Ginny did not show any signs of ringworm until week 2-3 after arrival.
     
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    Its a bloody headache isn't it o_O
     
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    Mary Poppins Well-Known Member

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    No, I would continue for at least 2 weeks. All the horse on my yard have be blood tested for strangles. When Ben arrived he failed his test and ended up having his guttural pouches flushed as he could have infected the whole yard. Better to be safe than sorry in my opinion.
     
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    My vets lab have confirmed 14 days is sufficient, poor bugger will just have to suck it up through the cold/snow if we get it.
     
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    he will be fine, worst case get a wee rug for him. i would def stick with the quarantine though, even treating the lice needs re-doing after 10 days.
     
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    Hopefully one of Hanks rugs will fit if it gets that bad. I can't see any lice on him, but he has rubbed a few patches on his neck (could also just have been hot and itchy) but I will treat anyway. Hank always needs a treatment this time of year anyway, he is just susceptible to them for some reason.
     
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    Me too!!!
     
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    I hope you don't end up with weather too bad.
     
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    I would keep separate. Pop a rug on. Never had lice on the horses. But the cattle get them at this time of year, although nothing yet. It wouldn't surprise me if the horses get them this year having moved and they've been in the field with all the cattle.
     
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    Jess never gets them even when in with, and up close and personal with, Hank. But he seems to get them from nowhere.
     
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