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Have you ever had a first-hand experience with a rabid horse?

Yes, I have witnessed a rabid horse case
4%
39
Yes, I had a horse die from rabies
1%
7
No, but I have seen a rabid horse through video on the Internet, TV, etc.
7%
61
No, but I know what clinical signs to look for
36%
316
No, I have no idea what a rabid horse looks like
52%
451

Total votes cast: 874

Comments & Write-in Answers

Very curious as to what all the focus is on rabies in Horse.com

9/28/2009 4:49:00 PM

my vet of 50 years here in rural AZ has seen 1 rabid horse in his career

9/28/2009 9:27:02 AM

we vacinate for rabies

9/28/2009 7:48:59 AM

My horses live behind my vet-rabid horse brougt in. wierdly lethargic

9/27/2009 10:35:38 PM

I thank my lucky stars I haven't met up with a rabid anything

9/27/2009 9:01:36 PM

seen rabied coons & skunks on my farm

9/27/2009 8:58:48 PM

My vet said not to worry about rabies vax because we live in So. Cal! Forget that!

9/27/2009 8:51:02 PM

...and I don't ever want to see one! Get your horse vaccinated

9/26/2009 12:13:10 AM

I always vaccinate all animals on my farm for rabies

9/25/2009 10:09:25 PM

just looked like a depressed horse. i had to take the series of shots, because i had my hands on him

9/25/2009 4:46:14 PM

I have not had one-on-one experience w/ a rabid horse, but I am aware of the signs/risks

9/25/2009 3:44:50 PM

I have no idea even what to look for, its is so rare to me that I never knew it was a problem

9/25/2009 3:23:52 PM

my vet said it is extremely rare

9/25/2009 3:02:15 PM

Its insane

9/25/2009 2:18:42 PM

unfortunately many people do not know how it can be acquired (zoonotic di

9/25/2009 11:08:40 AM

8 YO horse died... vets said no need to vax cuz it wasn't "in" my area :-(

9/24/2009 7:29:01 PM

Saw a Rabid horse once and hope to never again.

9/24/2009 5:49:27 PM

I have seen rabid wildlife in my pastures, So I vaccinate yearly

9/24/2009 2:57:20 PM

But I live in Sweden were we are lucky enough not to have rabies. (Yet - I might add!)

9/24/2009 7:41:13 AM

Have an old mag w/photos of rabid horses; interesting but scary!

9/23/2009 10:57:01 PM

what a horrible end

9/23/2009 9:07:12 PM

I saw 1 horse with rabies. It guit eating and lost 200# in 3 - 4 days. 10 poeple got the shots.

9/23/2009 7:50:56 PM

Must be careful not to contact anything with infected horse's saliva

9/23/2009 7:35:07 PM

it was my donkey

9/23/2009 4:45:53 PM

No, I have vaccinated my horses for rabies since 1995

9/23/2009 3:39:18 PM

Thankfully I have not experienced a rabid horse but am glad I know the signs.

9/23/2009 11:40:28 AM

I just read up on the symptoms and I hope to god my horses never suffer like that.

9/23/2009 11:28:43 AM

Thank God no, but I still vaccinate!

9/23/2009 10:55:14 AM

clinical signs are so varied - can look like colic, lameness, dental problem

9/23/2009 9:21:45 AM

Rabies wouldn't be the first thing I'm thinking of, but it has occurred in wildlife in my area

9/23/2009 8:19:16 AM

I have had to have one out down due to a bite from a rabid animal and horse not current on shot

9/23/2009 7:45:40 AM

Have not seen a rabid horse but have seen rabid dogs and cats

9/23/2009 1:14:52 AM

Saw a case in a vet clinic in Iowa about 25 yrs ago

9/22/2009 10:43:46 PM

Rabies,looks like any other viral brain infection

9/22/2009 10:06:06 PM

not a pretty sight, and one you can never forget!

9/22/2009 9:58:10 PM

have no experience w/rabies

9/22/2009 9:13:11 PM

I keep my horses vaccinated.

9/22/2009 8:47:44 PM

I have been vacinating for rabies for years, it's really cheap for an always fatal disease.

9/22/2009 6:46:46 PM

Always had my horses vaccinated for rabies.

9/22/2009 6:36:43 PM

no and I hope I never do!!

9/22/2009 6:24:11 PM

unfortunatly I have seen a rabid raccoon

9/22/2009 6:22:40 PM

My vet had to take rabies shots because he was exposed

9/22/2009 6:17:39 PM

1975 had to take the series due to a rabid horse

9/22/2009 6:16:51 PM

I hope I never have to witness such an event

9/22/2009 5:32:00 PM

...and I hope NEVER to see one. We annually vaccinate everything that moves.

9/22/2009 5:23:36 PM

I was called in by a local Vet,I'm a behaviorist. The horse was presenting nurologic symptoms- I

9/22/2009 5:23:09 PM

Secondhand experience through a vet who encountered a rabid horse

9/22/2009 5:22:28 PM

don't need to see it to know i don't wnat my horse to get it

9/22/2009 5:19:20 PM

I do vacinate for rabies

9/22/2009 4:41:13 PM

rabies uncommon in my state

9/22/2009 4:35:07 PM

only skunks

9/22/2009 4:32:43 PM

I had a sheep with rabies this year he was bitten in the face had to be treated

9/22/2009 4:28:30 PM

Rabid dog - yes. Rabid horse - no.

9/22/2009 4:07:49 PM

Saw a documentary video on a local case. Very horrifying.

9/22/2009 3:26:28 PM

I understand that there are over ten million horses in the US and only ten cases of rabies reporte

9/22/2009 1:00:25 PM

I didn't really know that horses got rabies =( I definetly don't know what to look for

9/22/2009 12:59:43 PM