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New USEF equine vaccination requirements

Posted in Horses, Vaccination
Mandatory vaccination for horses entering shows, other events and sales has been a surprisingly contentious issue for years. Some groups have required equine influenza vaccination for a long time, and it’s an accepted measure. Attempts to mandate vaccination for some other groups or events have often been met with resistance, even when those attempts were… Continue Reading

Equine strangles persistence

Posted in Horses
This week, a horse show in Halifax (UK) was cancelled because of some local cases of strangles (Streptococcus equi subsp equi infection). We can debate whether that was prudent or overkill (or whether measures could have been put in place to reduce the risk and make it manageable), but it highlights the concerns that accompany… Continue Reading

Traveling with your horse…infection control considerations

Posted in Horses
It’s not a coincidence that we see more equine infectious diseases during busy show seasons. Shows are a great way for infectious diseases to spread, with outcomes ranging from disease in single horses to widely disseminated outbreaks, even across international borders. We can’t eliminate all risk in life, and the risk of infection in horses… Continue Reading

Protocols for contagious diseases at horse shows

Posted in Horses
Horse show season is upon us, and with it comes the questions from concerned horse owners who want to protect their animals from the infectious diseases they may encounter at these events.  In this case, the specific question is: What protocol would go into place if a horse with a highly contagious disease such as… Continue Reading

Horse flu concerns at French show

Posted in Horses
Two horses have been removed from the showgrounds after testing positive for equine influenza virus at the FEI show jumping event in La Baule, France. The horses were not showing any signs of illness but were positive on PCR testing (presumably from a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab) and were sent home, along with four other horses… Continue Reading

California equine event biosecurity document

Posted in Horses
In response to the large and high-profile equine herpesvirus outbreak that occurred last summer, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has published a Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events. It’s a nice, comprehensive document that goes over a wide range of things that can be done to reduce the risk of disease transmission at horse… Continue Reading