Tips for Keeping Your Horse Safe and Healthy
Whenever the word “Biosecurity” is mentioned in an equine environment, it is often met with shoulder shrugs or eye rolls. While everyone seems to acknowledge that Biosecurity is an important topic, people tend to think it either won’t happen to them (their horse catching a disease), or that the changes needed involve a huge investment in time, money, or effort. People often assume that they’ve done their due diligence by vaccinating; however, vaccinations are not 100% effective, and not every disease has an available vaccine.
By making several simple horse care changes, you can significantly decrease your horse’s risk of exposure to disease. Using the tips below, you may prevent your horse from being exposed to sick horses while away at a show. If your horse were to bring a virus home, proper Biosecurity practices could result in just one sick horse, as opposed to a whole barn full.