Woodside Park Stud’s new stallion, Cable Bay has arrived from the UK in fine health, handling the 24-hour flight like a true professional.
He is currently undertaking his post-entry quarantine period for 14 days at the Mickleham horse compound under the expert care of Woodside Park Stud’s stallion handler Barry Faulds.
With new regulations in place, all horses arriving to Australia must now come through the Melbourne Airport and complete post-entry quarantine at the Victorian facility.
The Mickleham property includes stables to accommodate up to 40 horses, a surgery, turnout yards, horse walker, truck drop off point and wash station to meet the department’s strict biosecurity and welfare standards.
Although Fauld’s didn’t undertake the flight with Cable Bay, the comprehensive IRT report stated that he travelled very well in the air for the duration of the journey.
“He has arrived on the ground in good heath, very bright and alert after a long trip,” Faulds said.
“He didn’t drop too much condition on the plane, and his appetite is good, so it won’t take long before he regains any weight lost and even puts on a bit extra before he starts the breeding season.”
Cable Bay’s daily routine in the restricted facility includes being boxed of a night, stretching his legs and exercising in hand and on the horse walker, access to the fresh air outside in the yards, a good daily groom, and a pick of grass.
“I arrive at about 5.45am and will leave about 4.30pm of an afternoon, handing over to the night watch team who keep an eye on the boys in the evenings, added Faulds.
“He has been a great stallion to handle. There is plenty of testosterone in the compound with 36 stallions currently here at the moment, so understandably a few of the other boys have been getting a bit fiery. He has not been a drama, he has been very well behaved.”
Like all horses in the compound Cable Bay is under constant Veterinary supervision during his stay. His vital signs are recorded and his temperature taken twice a day. The handlers also closely observe their general behaviour, gum colour, hydration levels, desire to eat and pick at the grass, and any attitude changes.
Cable Bay is in very good company with the stallions currently in the compound having arrived from America, France, the UK and Ireland.
With so many departure countries, there are very strict protocols that must be followed to ensure that no exotic diseases or pests can be carried in by the arriving equines. The first four days they have bloods and nasal swabs taken which are sent to the laboratory to dismiss any chance of an underlying infection or disease. This process will be repeated just before they leave the facility and again post-quarantine.
“These tests will make sure that he hasn’t brought anything over with him, check his white blood cells are all normal, and also make sure he hasn’t collected anything from the other horses that are inside with him. Australia is so lucky we are such a clean country due to these strict protocols, Faulds said.
“It is so important that we are all diligent with our cleanliness and responsible with the quarantine procedures. All the handlers have to leave their outside clothes in one area, before moving through sealed doors to the quarantine side, where we have our inside work clothes stored. On exiting the compound we all have a 3-minute head-to-toe shower, and again leave our ‘dirty’ clothes inside before moving the secure ‘clean’ outside change area.
“Rugs, stable products, stable shavings and feed are all pre ordered and inside the facility before the horses arrive. Any extra equipment needs to be approved by quarantine officers after the facility has been locked down.”
We eagerly all look forward to seeing Cable Bay at Woodside Park Stud on the completion of his quarantine period, around the 5th of August. Allowing enough time for him to settle in prior to the stud’s stallion parade at Seymour Park on Sunday the 20thof August.