Most diseases are introduced to a horse property with the arrival of a new horse that is already infected or is a carrier of a disease.
To reduce the likelihood of introducing disease in this way:
Horses coming into contact with other horses is a primary way for infection to spread.
Horse events act as multipliers for the spread of infectious diseases should an outbreak occur.
When you attend competitions or events:
Nose-to-nose contact between your horses and those on a neighbouring property may allow an infectious disease to spread. To effectively manage this risk:
Contaminated equipment including rugs and halters can also result in infection. Strangles is one disease that is often transmitted between horses and properties this way. Ticks can also attach to rugs and be spread between areas. To avoid this:
People can also introduce diseases if they have handled an infected horse and then handle another horse soon afterwards. If you have been in contact with other horses, it is important that the following biosecurity precautions are adopted:
Hygiene is paramount when it comes to keeping your horse healthy. Horses should be checked daily to ensure they are healthy and injury-free. The sooner a health problem is detected, the easier it is to manage.
On studs and large operations where horses are stabled, it is advisable to:
Pregnant mares require special care to avoid the spread of infections that can cause abortion, such as equine herpes virus. Some causes of abortion in horses can also cause illness in humans.
Vaccination is an important way to prevent infectious diseases. You should: