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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
containers;
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
condition.
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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