Monday, March 4

Statement from the BEF about the Equine Flu Outbreak

We urge all our breeders, owners and riders to take note of the recent advice from the BEF regarding the current outbreak of Equine Influenza. It's important that we are all vigilant and do our bit to help us control the disease, so we can all continue to enjoy the 2019 competition season!

"Equine Flu Update - 01/03/19

Unvaccinated horses attending shows / events 
Throughout the current equine flu outbreak, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has continued to urge equine owners to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date.
The BEF has also strongly recommended that all competition and event organisers check the equine ID passports of all horses to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules.
This is based on advice from experts in equine influenza and epidemiology with experience of managing previous outbreaks.
The BEF reminds organisers that, during the current outbreak, it is vital that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other horses because of the increased risk of such an infectious disease spreading. It is important that organisers and owners recognise that equine welfare is a priority and take steps to prevent the further spread of equine flu.
There is more guidance available on the BEF website and in our Q&A

Equine Flu Update - 01/03/19

Foal influenza vaccination
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) continues to monitor the outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI) and continues to urge all equine owners to make sure their vaccination records are up to date.
The BEF has also issued the following advice to try to maximise the immunity of young foals against EI.
1.         We urge all owners to adhere to strict biosecurity protocols at all times.
2.         Vaccinations are subject to local risk assessments by the attending veterinarians.
3.         In-foal mares that have already had vaccinations of primary EI course should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks before the foal is due to be born.
4.         Foals should be vaccinated for EI at 6 months to commence their primary course.