Readers Discuss Equine Quarantine Practices

More than 520 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you quarantine horses upon return from being off the farm (e.g., vet clinic, horse shows, etc.) and in contact with other horses?"

results of poll on equine quarantine

Results were as follows:

  • No: 81.99% (428)
  • Yes: 18.01% (94)

Readers shared their biosecurity practices in the comments below.

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  • i have a pen away from the others they are in there for 2 wks
  • depends on the situation - vague question
  • We do, but probably not long enough for efficacy. Unknown illness exposure=unknown incubation period
  • Do not have facility to separate
  • It depends if they have been in contact with virusus, or other potential threats, to my other horses
  • It's the safetest way for every horse concerned
  • whether they travel or not every horse on the property is vaccinated.
  • DISEASE
  • We burn up the roads hauling to lessons, shows, and mounted horse club meetings.
  • We are careful not to allow them to drink out ouf communal water trough or eat off the ground.
  • I don't have a place to quarantine.
  • Yes, but the quarantine section is still next to the pastures, so it is not very effective.
  • All my horses are fully vaccinated and I trust that is sufficient
  • I only have 2 horses.
  • even though vacinated, you never know, so, better safe than sorry
  • depends on where they were
  • I trail ride alone most of the time little contact with others
  • it depends where the horse has been and if i have broodmares or not and the size of the stock
  • Would if there was a specific reason or need
  • my horses are vaccinated - so no need
  • only have 4 - if one goes, they all do - vaccinate well
  • don't have facilities to do that
  • No room to quarantine
  • Just to be on the safe side.
  • WE ONLY HAVE TWO HORSES, AND THEY GO EVERYWHERE TOGETHER.
  • That way if one horse contracts something I wont lose my whole barn.
  • Depending on whether or not both go off the farm and where they have been
  • not possible at our stable
  • My horses don't leave the farm
  • No, only quarantine action horses unless there is known reason to do so.
  • they have been vaccinated, and they usually all go to the same shows together anyway.
  • As much as being in a boarding environment allows it. Others don't always appreciate.
  • But a new horse brought into the barn is quarantined.
  • I only have the one horse so it is not an issue
  • both my horses go to the shows together
  • The only time I do not is if I take my bagbies to a nursing home.or day care.
  • horses are kept in a very small herd
  • Traveling horses are separate due to normal pasture separation.
  • Our horses are vaccinated for everything, so no
  • no place to quarantine them in
  • I never let my horses nose to any other horse off of the property or near their feces ect.
  • I hunt which mean we haul over large areas to the meets where there can be as many as 100 horses.
  • I would only do so if I thought the horse had come in contact with a sick horse.
  • All horses are UTD on vaccinations and worming.
  • From the broodmares and babies, not the older horses
  • To Date, I have not had to quarantine. Hadnt thought I needed to? hhmmmm....
  • They don't go anywhere. Here is where they belong
  • Two week quarantine, unless being used frequently, then the quarantine is for the duration of the sh
  • only new horses get quarantined
  • Endurance horse. Keep up on vaccinations and good care at home works.
  • I do quarantine new horses that came from rescue, etc., but not my own coming from the racetrack.
  • If I buy them at a sale barn or privately
  • They all have built up a good resistance from traveling so much and they are vaccinated
  • I only have 2 horses and they go everywhere together, so both would be exposed.
  • We limit exposure to other horses off the farm, but do stall where others have used before
  • No, I don't take him places. We have enough fun at home.
  • Not generally, but if there were red flags (a vet's suggestion or a sick horse at a show) I would.
  • My horses are vaccinated for everything & have never picked up something from others.
  • My ponies do not go nose to nose or come in contact with equipment on the farm for two weeks.
  • Then they'd spend all their time in quarantine.
  • I do quarantine rescue horses or those I don't know.
  • Rarely do a show.R lessons once a wk.Horses all OK there.At vets most there for shots/injuries.
  • only have 2 horses and they don't leave the farm anymore due to their age.
  • Not if they have been at my ranch previously. I do if they are a new horse from an unknown facility
  • Always because it beats doctoring a lot of horses instead of just a couple that went to show..
  • depends on where they've been
  • Sm. backyard facility, really no room to quarentine
  • But I do make sure my horse is well vaconated every year.
  • If I'm not sure that the other horses do not have the same vaccines that mine have reciecved.
  • Facility not large enough for that.
  • with fewer horses on a farm it's not as necessary, if all in good health and up on vacc.
  • only have one horse
  • Wish I could but no facilities
  • depends on where we come back from - hospital/clinic yes; shows no
  • Only have one other horse.
  • not for absences < 24 hours
  • Barns I've been to haven't but I personally would if I could.
  • My horses are stalled in my trailer at shows and their feet are disinfected prior to going back into
  • I don't go to many places where unknown horses are in contact with my horses
  • Boarding Stable is not set up for Quarantine however I don't put my horse out with buds for days.
  • No, I would be quarantining constantly. have 3 horses
  • I only quarantine when a horse is new to the property.
  • when my horses arrove back home he is not in contact with other horses.
  • Wish they would quarantine horses at the boarding facility where I keep my horse.
  • I never even thought of this but it certainly seems like a good idea
  • We board so don't have the facilities. Just keep current vaccs and only go where Coggins is CHECKED
  • I don't know anybody that does QT for shows/clinics etc.
  • Not practical with multple on/off every week.
  • I don't know anyone who does either.
  • We travel out of state and quarantine on a regular basis. We also disenfect our horse trailer.
  • No., it's not physically possible unless acute illness
  • only new horses that come in
  • But we do quarantine for 10 days when ever we buy in a new horse.
  • everybody has had their shots
  • Every single horse is quarantined.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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