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Re: [RC] [Consider This] Simple Biosecurity Techniques Help Protect Horses from Diseas... - Beth Walker

On Feb 25, 2008, at 6:12 PM, rides2far@xxxxxxxx wrote:

I know it *has* happened...but I can't help but think people are less likely to bring a horse they know may be getting over something or coming down with something to an endurance ride than they would a show.

I would like to think that folks would keep a horse home if they were showing cold symptoms, whether they are show or endurance people. I would guess that the major problem would be a horse that hasn't *quite* started showing symptoms, or whose symptoms are mild enough that they were missed, or not recognized as actual symptoms.

I think it also helps that we don't use barns where they're sniffing each other through the bars.

True, we don't have barns at **most** of the rides (one local ride is held at a place that has an equestrian center, and you can rent corrals). However, all of the rides I have attended have used common water troughs for vet checks and water stops.

I've seen "dipping buckets" at the vet checks, but they were for sponging, so that you didn't muddy up the horse drinking water with dirt and sweat. Some rides have 50 or more entries, and multiple water stops between vet checks. No dipping buckets there.


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Re: [RC] [Consider This] Simple Biosecurity Techniques Help Protect Horses from Diseas..., rides2far