Thursday December 3, 2020
For National Pony Club updates and information please go to pcuk.org
Flu Updates

Did you know? It is now compulsory for all ponies and horses entering any competitions at Area Level and Above, to produce a valid equine passport and vaccination record, which must:

  *must accompany the Horse to all Events

  *must be available for inspection

  *must be produced on request at any other time during the Event

Failure to comply with these requirements is a breach of the Vaccination Rule and the Horse will only be allowed to compete at the PC Steward’s discretion.

No Horse may take part in a PC Event (which includes entering competition stables) unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza. For more details, please read the Pony Club rules with care!

 

Special offer! Abbey Equine are offering an exclusive deal to PC members: 

  1. To start a course of flu jabs with a lapsed or non vaccinated pony: pay for the first one – get the second in the course free (Call out fee applies)
  2. To reward those of you who have appropriately vaccinated ponies – get a free worm egg count when you get your annual flu booster jab!

Vouchers to print off:

PC discount voucher 1   Free worm egg count at time of flu booster

PC discount voucher 2  2nd vaccination free for new starters/ lapsed ponies

 

BEF Guidance on Equine Flu

We recommend that all owners follow the guidelines below as a precaution and ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date. If your horse is currently vaccinated, we recommend a booster if it has been longer than 6 months since your horse’s last vaccination.

Actions for owners to take:                                                                                                                           

It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.

Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.

If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.

It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take veterinary advice.

We advise that horses are vaccinated with a booster for equine flu with a vaccine that contains the Florida Clade 1. There are two such vaccines currently licensed in the UK, ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza. If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

The BEF also has guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and is urging owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid their horses becoming infected.

Further information

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