As the inaugural Equine Health Week draws to a close, British Equestrian and their Equine Infectious Disease Advisory Group (EIDAG) have announced the release of a concise handbook for venues that host gatherings to aid the fight against disease transmission amongst equines through strong biosecurity provisions. Based on the principle of ‘reducing risk together’, the latest handbook follows on from the comprehensive guide for reducing spread of disease, released in September 2021 by the EIDAG. Industry leaders and veterinary experts in equine medicine and infectious disease have compiled this handy guide for all venues and event organizers to help safely bring equines together. This includes all types of competitions or meetings, both large and small to ensure sufficient measures are always put in place to help mitigate the risks of disease to keep our equines healthy and the equestrian scene active. The 16-page handbook includes:

  • Infectious disease management – why reducing spread of disease is important, support for venues and which diseases venues should focus on.
  • Risk reduction strategies – information on vaccinating horses and correct planning procedures for hosting gatherings.
  • Practical biosecurity and risk reduction – actions to be taken if a horse becomes ill and advise venues should provide to participants.
  • Recommendations for venues with horses which are permanent residents

The new handbook is available on the British Equestrian website – both as an interactive book or for download.  A launch session was filmed with Celia where she gave some more background on the work of the EIDAG, its members and introduce the new handbook which is available on British Equestrian’s YouTube channel.