There has only been one rabid horse in WA in the last 25 years so I think your story might be an urban legend
From WA DOH
"Has rabies occurred recently in domestic animals Washington?
During the last 25 years, four domestic animals in Washington have been diagnosed with rabies. In 2015, a cat infected with a strain of bat virus was identified in Jefferson County. Previous identifications of animals infected with bat rabies virus include a cat in Walla Walla county in 2002 and a llama in King County in 1994. In 1992, a horse in Benton County died of an unidentified strain of rabies. The last suspected rabid dog was identified in Pierce County in 1987.
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