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horse keepers should have a good knowledge of the signs of infectious
disease and know their horse’s normal behaviour and temperature and
monitor them daily (if safe to do so);
ensure each horse has separate tack, rugs, grooming equipment and
feed buckets;
use insecticides, summer sheets, fly rugs and masks to protect the
horse from biting insects;
wash hands before and after attending to a horse;
daily clean feed mangers and water buckets;
regularly clean grooming kit, feed and water buckets, tack, rugs, stables
and vehicles used to transport horses;
ensure all feed stores are kept clean and tidy, doors are kept shut,
windows are covered with fine mesh and feed is stored in vermin proof
fix leaky taps, keep gutters/drains clear and remove objects that water
can pool in;
dispose of dung away from horses and water courses and keep dry and
covered where possible to reduce their attraction as breeding grounds
for biting insects;
park vehicles away from the stables and ensure they are kept in clean
1. General biosecurity practices:
Perimeter boundary:
ensure there is a closed gate at the entrance/exit to the premises to
prevent horses and other animals straying onto or off the premises;
all boundary fences should be secure and where the neighbouring
premises houses horses use well- spaced double fences to prevent
nose to nose contact over fences.
The prevention of contagious disease involves attention to all of the following areas:
1. adopting good hygiene practices;
2. operating a strict policy for the introduction of new horses on to the yard;
3. the use of vaccination policies.
It is important to daily monitor horses for signs of ill health.
Yard biosecurity plan: preventing disease
needs attention
already in place
not applicable
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