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Events and Biosecurity

As has been shown with the outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia fairly recently, the need for measures to be put in place to protect horses and their owners from possible outbreaks of many diseases is a large one. Many owners and managers of horse properties have “quarantine” paddocks set up to restrict a new horse’s movement around a property until it has been observed for some weeks. This can help to restrict the spread of diseases to other horses if a new horse arrives carrying something.

Foal with lice.

Competing, travelling with your horse or buying one from another country will probably also cause you to be aware of quarantine measures. As an event organiser it is also imperative to be up to date on measures to be taken for the safety and welfare of horses and their owners.

In conjunction with the Veterinary Advisor Dr Warwick Vale, the EFA has developed a Biosecurity Education Course, designed to educate and train event organisers on necessary biosecurity measures and how best to practically implement them for their events.

If this seems relevant to you and you’re within Australia, take a look at http://www.equestrian.org.au/?Page=16496 and the registration form for further details.

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