Day of Arrival

Photo of quarantine horse being transported

The identification of horses transported to our facility for quarantine is confirmed upon arrival, and a general clinical examination is performed.  Temperature, pulse rate and respiratory rate are documented, and any injuries or evidence of illness are reported.  The horse is escorted to a private stall area by the transport personnel and offered hay and water.

The CEM quarantine facility is located on the grounds of the Center for Equine Health on the UC Davis campus. Each horse is provided with a large stall measuring 12 ft x 20 ft, with free access to an outside run measuring 60 ft x 16 ft. Although other horses are within view, quarantined horses are kept separated from other horses for the duration of quarantine.

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Most horses correct dehydration from the long transport within hours of exposure to clean water.  The stall lights are left on during the first 24 hours to facilitate acclimation to a new environment.  The horse is monitored overnight by the night staff.  Common initial observations include thin body condition, stocked up limbs from lack of exercise, or occasionally a missing shoe or abrasion from the trip.

The morning after arrival, the horse is examined by a veterinarian and videotaped to document its condition.  The horse's body condition score and weight are documented.  The CEH staff contacts the horse owner or trainer to report any abnormal findings and to discuss observations and requests.  Any vaccination or farrier services are scheduled.  A communication schedule is established and a phone update delivered on a schedule that works well for the horse owner.