Grazing at Rio?


Loved reading Laurie P’s look at the barns and arena in her blog. Surprised at how lovely the area looks.

One question about the grazing area. Are horses susceptible to water borne contaminants from eating grass watered by bad water?


Depends on what you mean by contaminants.

Horses have very strong stomach acid and can eat poop without any ill effects. Basic e coli isn’t usually a ptobkem.

Horses may or may not be susceptible to various diseases humans get. Do horses get typhoid and cholera? If so I’ve never heard of it. I also have no idea how long pathogens in water remain alive on grass. I think most human salad recalls are about contamination in the washing and packing stage.

However chemical contamination is inert, so that would persist and even build up.