03: Protecting the Herd from Disease

Action Point: Tailor a biosecurity protocol specific to the farm.

Rationale: Cleanliness, consistency, and attention to detail are all required to ensure horses are protected from infectious disease to the best of one’s ability.

While most steps below will be relevant to all facilities, there will be some variation. For example, this farm does not have horses that travel off of the property or visit from other farms. However, people do visit from other farms and therefore must sign-in, walk through a foot bath, and clean their hands prior to entering the barn and/or interacting with our horses.

A Coggins test and proof of vaccination are required for any new horse that will be residing on the farm. Likewise, a quarantine protocol will be developed in case there is a sick or new horse. There will be at least one quarantine area available at all times.

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