Horses attending events/use of facilities at West Moor Farm:
- All horses attending the facilities at West Moor Farm must been up to date with a yearly influenza vaccine, including a correct primary course of vaccinations, as per the manufacturers instructions.
- It is recommended that all horses have a 6 monthly ‘flu booster, or have a ‘flu booster within 6 months of attending West Moor Farm. This may become a mandatory requirement in the face of a ‘flu outbreak It is also recommended that all horses have up to date tetanus vaccination.
Horses staying at West Moor Farm for an extended period of time:
- That same vaccination rule as above apply to horses staying at West Moor Farm All horses will be isolated (see isolation policy below) for the first 2 weeks of their stay, at the end of which period a blood sample will be taken to test for strangles exposure – if this test result is clear the horse will be allowed to mix with the resident population at West Moor Farm if this is deemed appropriate.
- This isolation will occur in a designated area, but may occur as a group – ideally horses coming to stay for extended periods would be moved as groups for this reason
Isolation usually only involves a single horse however if more than one horse is being moved at the same time, the group can be tested and isolated together.
- Isolation should be in a separate airspace from other horses and at least 10m away from other stables
- Isolation may be a field so long as no nose to nose contact is possible with other horses
- All equipment, buckets, tack grooming equipment etc. must only be used on the isolated horses
- Bacteria can be spread on owners’ clothing and hands etc. Limit access to a minimum number of people needed to look after any horses in isolation.
- Protective clothing and disinfectant should be provided and used after handling horses in isolation.
- Ideally do theses horses last after non isolated horses. Ideally the isolation facility should be located in a position which means it can be accessed without passing any other horses and exited the same way.
- Clear signage should be displayed to indicate horses in isolation
Please note, in a confirmed case of strangles there is also a yard isolation procedure which must be carried out in which the horses are separated into 3 risk groups, usually green amber and red. Your vet will discuss this further in the event of an outbreak.