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Biosecurity

Biosecurity is a set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risks for introduction and transmission of infectious disease. Infectious disease caused by bacteria and viruses may be brought to and spread at an equine facility by horses, people, domestic animals other than horses, vehicles, equipment, insects, ticks, birds, wildlife including rodents, feed, waste and water. Disease risks are inherent when horses commingle and travel. Complete elimination of all disease risks for a horse that has contact with horses outside of it’s herdmates is highly unlikely. Horse owners must determine the acceptable level of disease risk they are willing to assume for their horse and implement biosecurity measures to reduce disease risk where possible. Implementing biosecurity measures is an important part in protecting the health of the equine industry.

Biosecurity for horses includes measures that can be taken by the horse owner was well as event managers. Part of a biosecurity plan include disinfection, horse movement, isolation and quarantine, event plans for biosecurity, and risk assessment. The following links provide information to help planning and implementing biosecurity whether at home or on the road.

Infectious Disease and Biosecurity: Video Seminar by Dr. Paul Morley

Protect Your Horse from Infectious Disease

Disinfection

    Characteristics of Selected Disinfectant Chart

    Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol Sign

    Video: Choosing a Disinfectant for Barn Use

    Video: Stall Cleaning and Disinfection Part 1

    Video: Stall Cleaning and Disinfection Part 2

    Video: How to clean/disinfect Horse Equipment

    Video: How to Clean and (not quite) Disinfect Leather

    Video: How to Clean/Disinfect Water Buckets and Troughs

    Article: Spring Cleaning, Stable Style

 

Movement Recommendations

    Horse Relocation Checklist

    Video: How to Quarantine a New Horse

    Podcast: Quarantining a New Horse

    Podcast: Keeping Horses Healthy and Sound During Transport

    Podcast: Healthy, Safe Trailering

 

Event Recommendations

    Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events

 

Set up Quarantine and Isolation

    Article

 

Risk Assessments

    Video: Biosecurity Tips for Horse Farms- Dr. Scott Weese

    Equine Guelph : Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator