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.

03: Hand Hygiene

Action Point: Ensure there is hot running water, soap and clean towels available in the bathroom at all times. Install alcohol-based liquid hand sanitizer or sanitizer wipe dispensers throughout the barn and encourage everyone to use them before and after touching horses.

Rationale: Proper hand cleaning isn’t only for veterinarians. Clean hands save lives and help prevent the transmission of infectious disease.

Clean Hands Save Lives: Horsey-Style

Proper Hand Hygiene Prevents Equine Disease