Introducing the unknown

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves
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It’s always exciting to introduce a new horse to the barn. But that excitement can be tempered with worry when the newbie comes with an unknown medical history.

Equine veterinarians recommend waiting about a month before introducing any new horse to others. The horse should be housed in a comfortable and completely separate area—but one that’s still close enough to the herd to prevent loneliness.

During the quarantine period, you’ll be able to monitor the newcomer for any abnormal signs—especially those that might indicate your new horse is infectious. This will also give your veterinarian time to perform a thorough physical, which includes oral and hoof exams. Add to this the results of a fecal test, and your veterinarian can design a wellness program covering dental and foot care, vaccinations and deworming.