Are you ready for self-isolation or for quarantine?
By horsegazette.com - Copyright © 2020


Taking care of your horse in a Pandemic


Are you ready for self-isolation or for quarantine? Do you know the difference?

Self-isolation is needed when someone is sick and contagious, they should be separated from healthy individuals until they are no longer contagious. If you've been exposed to a infectious person through the illness' incubation period, that is when you need to be quarantined.

What about your horse if you're in isolation or under quarantine? If you're horses are on your property and you have to stay away from the public, it may be time to ride to your hearts content.

You probably don't have an issue if you board your horse, but if your horse or horses are on your property and you're down and out, do you have a contingency plan for at least 14 days?

The supplies you would need if you have to be quarantined for 14 days. As if we don't know this one from all of the news...toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, over-the counter medications, prescription medications, a two-week supply of nonperishable food, snacks and water. A plan in place where family and or friends will take over if you're incapacitated.

The supplies you would need for your horse: a fully stocked emergency kit, which includes all of the medications your animals may need on a regular basis, along with Banamine and Bute. Have enough feed, hay and stall bedding. A list in the barn as to what horse gets what feed and when, along with supplements and meds, along with vet and farrier contact information.