Help! A Skunk Sprayed My Horse

Follow these steps to remove the pungent odor if your horse gets skunked.
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Help! A Skunk Sprayed My Horse
Skunks can contract and spread rabies by biting another animal. If you suspect your horse was bitten, contact your veterinarian immediately. | Photo: iStock

You walk out to the barn and the smell hits you immediately. It’s the pungent, strong odor of skunk. Based on past experience, you turn to your dog, who’s usually the guilty party. But this time Fido isn’t the victim. You follow the lingering smell to the paddock and realize it’s your horse.

You’ve heard the saying, “curiosity killed the cat”? Well this time, curiosity skunked the gelding.

This happened to one of my horses recently, and it isn’t the first time he’s had a close encounter with Pepé Le Pew

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Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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