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Online Discussion: Tracking new emerging diseases and the next pandemic; Now tracking the Aussie Flu.

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    Posted: April 08 2006 at 8:55pm
i want to know how it will affect horses in pasture and how can we safely feed and walk in the pasture as we always do, the grooming like brushing, hoof picking what about contact then?    also can we house chickens inside in the barns safely and not worry about infection? and gardening, what about that can we eat what we grow?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote calendula Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2006 at 7:22am
Debbie:  I am going to answer to part 3 of your question "can we eat what we grow">  This is what I have done:  I have a garden, fenced it, and I made decision to cover it up with a garden mesh, yes it took some work, positioning rebars, attaching the mesh etc, but now my vegetables such as; tomatoes, lettuces, broccoli, etc those that could be exposed to bird poop are covered minimizing the possibility of contaminaton---I am  not going to go into details but I also have a planfor decontamination when dealing with the garden ; rubber boots, etc etc--- this is my suggestion.
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Debbie I would just wear muck boots out for all of our horse chores and at the most wear rubber gloves to clean there feet then when your finished you can wash your boots in bleach water and change shoes.
You can also soak your brushes in bleach water.It will be so much easier to stock pile hay and horse feed than people food.Wink
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Just some comments on horses -- you might want to prep beyond just food for the horses, because I'm betting anyone with any medical training (including vets) will be drafted as first responders in a pandemic, and anyone not drafted may not be willing to make a farm call!

You'll probably want a fairly comprehensive first aid kit -- all the usual stuff to treat injuries, plus colic treatment (bran, mineral oil, banamine), bute for minor injuries, tons of duct tape and vet wrap, easyboots, epsom salts, betadine by the gallon, soap, shampoo, that goop that you need for geldings, clipper and extra clipper blades ... and all the other supplies you'd normally pop into the feed store for as-needed. Don't forget extra syringes and needles if you've got anything injectable in your first aid kit like injectable banamine or antiobiotics. (It really, really sucks if you drop the last needle in the dirt and your horse is colicking!)

Might also have your farrier show you how to trim, if they will, and how to pull shoes. (And get a good pair of nippers and a rasp if you don't have one already!) If you can't get the farrier out to shoe your horse, and your horse has decent feet, you can probably pull the shoes yourself and -- if it gets bad enough -- trim the feet yourself. (Note that I do NOT advocate home trimming horses yourself unless you know what you're doing -- unless it's a situation where it's trim the horse yourself or no trimming at all. Then be CAREFUL and don't trim the horse too short.)
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Dont forget water sources for your horses.
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I remember reading about Man O'War (famous horse) getting the Spanish Flu during the 1918-1919 time period.  I don't have a horse but if I did I would be concerned about it getting the flu.
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Did Man'o'War survive?
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never mind...how do I loose this print size?
 
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Horses have there own strains of flu one of which jumped to dogs.
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Remember wound spray and wound save and bug repellent. How about worming medicine. Horses will make better use of the available feed if they are not sharing it with parasites. How about asking your vet to do an emergency first aid for horses class? With home care for dealing with things like: colic, dealing with bot fly eggs, minor injuries, infected wounds, barbed wire (need I say more?)and founder. This could be done in conjunction with pony clubs, a group of like-minded horse owners, at horse shows and as part of horse expositions.

If the barn cats come down with bird flu how are you going to control rats and mice? They may die in the pandemic but if the Black Death didn't do them in I doubt that avian flu will slow them down much.

If fuel supplies for farm production is interrupted how will feed be supplied? How will hay be bailed?

People may want to talk to their doctor BEFORE they start trimming hooves. It can be hard work and possibly dangerous for those not up to it.
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These days, however, researchers have a far more complex picture of horse evolution — and they have given the dawn horse a much less colorful name. While they agree that today’s horse probably arose from that smaller ancestor, the path was by no means direct. Instead, paleontologists have uncovered fossils that show that horse ancestors varied in size: some large early horses gave way later to smaller ones. They also discovered that some lines of horse-like animals alternated between many and few toes over time.
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