Monday May 17, 2021
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Biosecurity – guidance for Equine Flu & EHV-1

Biosecurity

Passports and Equine Flu Vaccinations

A reminder that any horse or pony attending a Pony Club activity must be accompanied by their passport. The first and second Equine Flu vaccination injections must have been given and, if needed, correct subsequent booster injections.

EHV-1

There is increased concern over the impact of Equine Herpes, EHV-1, in the UK, the recent outbreak on the continent has so far claimed the lives of 17 horses.

British Equestrian (the BEF, of which The Pony Club is a Member Body) is requesting that all Member Bodies use a process of self-certification whereby they declare their horses and ponies fit to attend the activity. This is initially for the period 29th March – 12th April, subject to the ongoing monitoring of the disease.  Click HERE for further information.

Pony Club members must confirm with the organiser of a Pony Club activity 24 hours before it starts that their horse or pony shows no signs of:

  • recent cough of unknown cause 
  • recent nasal discharge of unknown cause 
  • enlarged lymph notes 
  • fever (>38.5˚C)
  • recent onset of neurological signs of unknown cause 
  • diarrhoea

In addition the horse or pony:

  • is not under current investigation for EHV infection.
  • has not been in contact with and is not kept on the same premises as a horse known to have or be under investigation for EHV.
  • has been resident in the UK for the last 28 days.

If the horse or pony shows any of these clinical signs on the day of the activity it must not travel nor attend the training or competition.

Our priority is the welfare and safety of our horses and ponies.