The Alberta Equestrian Federation and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association have partnered to create biosecurity guidelines that aim to limit the risk of horses contracting diseases at horse events.
“We all want to keep our horses healthy,” says Mikki Shatosky, the equestrian federation’s project manager for its equine biosecurity outreach program.
“Disease outbreaks not only risk the health and lives of individual horses, but also cost owners emotional and financial stress. Horse events have high-traffic areas, which mean steps need to be taken to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried onto the grounds or spread within the facility and beyond.”
Horse Events: Biosecurity guidelines for organizers and competitors provides practical recommendations for both competitors and event organizers. By following some simple steps, the horse community can reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as strangles, equine herpes virus, and ringworm.
“As veterinarians, we often treat horses that have diseases that are preventable,” said Dr. Krista Howden of the veterinary medical association’s equine committee.
“By following the basic principles of biosecurity that are outlined in the guidelines, we can not only reduce the potential for spread of common equine infectious diseases during our day-to-day activities, but also do our part to prevent an outbreak occurring during an event in our province.”
The free guide, courtesy of the Alberta Equestrian Federation, can be found here.