Day of Arrival
Upon arrival, horse identification is confirmed 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 (12 ft x 20 ft) with free access to a spacious outside run (60 ft x 16 ft). Although other horses are within view, quarantined horses are separated from other horses for the duration of the quarantine period.
Most horses correct dehydration from the long transport within hours of exposure to fresh water. 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. Body condition score and weight are also documented. The CEH staff contacts the horse owner or trainer to report any abnormal findings and to discuss observations and requests. If needed, vaccination and farrier services are scheduled. A communication and phone update schedule that works well for the horse owner is established.